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What is in a name?

Below is a list of some Egyptian and Arabian names with some of the meanings they could have. Among them are some recognizable stage names of famous belly dancers.
Two of the better known Eastern names are Scheherazade and her sister Dunazade. They escaped execution by the revengeful king, Shahryar, because of Scheherazade's imaginative plot to tell the king a gripping story at night. This left him in so much suspense that he dared not kill her for fear of missing the next episode. The 1001 Arabian Night stories were born and dare I say.....the soap opera. You can read one of the stories further down the page.

Egyptian Names
Female Names...... Possible Meaning

  • Anat...... a wife of Seth
  • Aziza...... precious
  • Bahiti....... fortunate one
  • Bastet...... the cat goddess
  • Bennu....... eagle
  • Dalila....... gentle
  • Eshe...... life
  • Femi...... love
  • Habibah...... loved one
  • Halima...... gentle
  • Hasina...... good
  • Hathor...... goddess of love and joy
  • Hehet...... goddess of the immeasurable
  • Ife...... love
  • Isis...... goddess of fertility
  • Jamila...... beauty
  • Kakra...... twin
  • Kamilah...... perfection
  • Kanika....... black
  • Keket....... goddess of the dark
  • Khepri...... morning sun
  • Kiki...... from the Castor plant
  • Kila...... intelligent
  • Lapis...... named after the stone
  • Layla...... born at night
  • Lotus...... a very important flower in ancient Egypt
  • Mandisa...... sweet
  • Mariasha...... the perfect one or bitter with sorrow
  • Masika...... born when raining
  • Monifa...... lucky
  • Moselle...... meaning born of
  • Muminah...... pious
  • Nashwa...... wonderful feeling
  • Nailah...... successful
  • Nathifa...... pure
  • Naunet...... goddess of the ocean
  • Nefetari...... the queen
  • Olabisi...... bringing joy
  • Panya...... mouse
  • Ramla...... prophetess
  • Rashida...... righteous one
  • Raziya...... agreeable one
  • Safiya...... pure
  • Sagira...... little one
  • Sanura...... kitten
  • Selma...... secure
  • Shani...... wonderful
  • Shukura...... grateful one
  • Tabia...... talented
  • Talibah...... knowledge seeker
  • Umayma...... little mother
  • Zahra......a flower


Male Names......Possible Meaning

  • Ammon...... hidden and was an ancient god
  • Amen Ra...... power of the universe
  • Amun..... god of mystery
  • Aunubis..... god of dead
  • Anum...... fifth born
  • Asim...... a protector
  • Aswad...... black
  • Aten...... sun disk
  • Baba...... Osiris's first child
  • Badru...... born when moon is full
  • Bakari...... an oath
  • Dakarai...... happiness
  • Darius..... a prophet
  • Finaes or Phinaes...... the Nubian or an oracle
  • Hamadi...... praised
  • Hapu...... a pharaoh
  • Hasani...... handsome
  • Ishaq...... laughing
  • Jabari...... brave
  • Kaphiri...... a hill
  • Madu...... of the people
  • Masud...... lucky
  • Mosi...... first born
  • Nassor...... victorious
  • Omari...... high born
  • Rameses...... born of the sun
  • Re...... midday sun
  • Sabola...... pepper
  • Sefu..... a sword
  • Shakir...... grateful
  • Tehuti...... god of earth, sky and sea
  • Zahur...... a flower

Arabic Names
Female Names...... Possible Meaning

  • Alhena...... a ring
  • Aliya..... Highborn and exhalted
  • Almira...... a princess
  • Alula...... the first born
  • Alzena...... female
  • Alzubra...... is a star
  • Amatullah...... servant of Allah
  • Amber...... a precious stone
  • Anisah...... best friend
  • Azhar...... a flower
  • Bahira...... sparkling
  • Bahiya...... radiant
  • Barika...... a success
  • Basheera...... bringer of good news
  • Baseema...... smile
  • Cantara...... a bridge
  • Duha...... before noon
  • Fadwa...... self sacrificing
  • Farah...... joy
  • Fatima...... daughter of a prophet
  • Hadiya...... righteousness
  • Hafsah...... wife of a prophet
  • Haifa...... a beautiful body
  • Haleema...... gentle
  • Hana..... happy
  • Hayat...... life
  • Iamar...... the moon
  • Iman...... believing
  • Inaya...... solace
  • Johara...... a jewel
  • Kamila...... perfection
  • Karida...... untouched
  • Latifah...... kind
  • Leila...... born in the night
  • Leena...... delicate
  • Lu Lu......pearl
  • Madeeha...... to be praised
  • Maysa...... walking proudly
  • Nadia...... the first
  • Nadirah...... precious
  • Najat...... safety
  • Nashida...... a student
  • Rafa...... prosperous
  • Rahimah......merciful
  • Rana...... behold
  • Rashida...... wise
  • Rihana...... sweet basil
  • Sabirah...... much patience
  • Sahar...... awakening
  • Sameh...... forgiver
  • Shareefa...... noble
  • Suhailah...... soft
  • Talibah...... a scholar
  • Vega...... falling
  • Yaminah...... just
  • Yasirah...... lenient
  • Zafirah...... victorious
  • Zahra...... white

Male Names......Possible Meaning

  • Abbas...... a lion
  • Abdul...... servant of
  • Afif..... modest
  • Akil...... intelligent
  • Ala...... noble
  • Aladdin...... nobility of faith
  • Al Alim...... omnipresent
  • Ali...... very noble, great
  • Alim...... wise
  • Amin...... trustworthy
  • Amir...... a prince
  • Ammar...... a builder
  • Ashraf...... honorable
  • Ata...... a gift
  • Atif...... compassionate
  • Bahir...... sparkling
  • Barakah...... blessed
  • Bassam...... smiling
  • Dabir...... a teacher
  • Emir...... commanding
  • Fadi...... redeemer
  • Faisal...... resolute
  • Fakhir...... proud
  • Faruq...... knows the truth
  • Haji...... born during a pilgrimage
  • Gamal......camel
  • Hakeem...... wisdom
  • Halim...... patience
  • Hassan...... handsome
  • Husayn...... beautiful
  • Imran...... was a prophet
  • Jalal...... revered one
  • Karim...... generous
  • Kasim...... divided
  • Latif...... kind
  • Mahdi...... walking the good path
  • Mahmud...... praised one
  • Mansur...... helped from above
  • Mohammed...... praised
  • Mustafa...... chosen one
  • Nadhir...... warner
  • Nadim..... a friend
  • Nasser...... victorious
  • Ommar...... most high, long life
  • Rashid...... a good person
  • Riyad...... a garden
  • Saeed...... a friend
  • Sahir...... wakeful
  • Salim...... peaceful, perfect
  • Shakir...... grateful
  • Sharif....... honest
  • Tarafah...... a tree
  • Usama...... a lion
  • Waleed...... calm
  • Yasar...... easy life, wealth
  • Zaid...... growth
  • Zuhair...... bright

The king The Prince and the Ogress


This is the story within the story of king Yunan and sage Duban. The story of king Yunan and sage Duban was being narrated by the fisherman to the jinnee that tried to slay him, but whom he recaptured in the bottle.......

Once upon a time there was a prince who enjoyed hunting. This was in a different time and place where people did not realize how unethical hunting is and since hunting can also be a dangerous activity for the pursuer, the prince's father ordered a vizier to accompany the prince.
One day when they were out pursuing a beast that escaped, a beautiful maiden, eyes streaming with tears, suddenly appeared from nowhere. 'Who are you and what is the matter?' asked the prince. 'I am a princess who was travelling with a caravan in the desert. I fell asleep and off my horse and now I am lost.' she cried. The prince warming to her offered her a lift on his horse. They had travelled for some miles, coming to an old ruined house, when the princess asked the prince to stop as she had to have a call of nature. The prince set her down and waited and waited......Now starting to become concerned at the long absence of the princess, the prince followed her trail to the ruin. Oh what fate! The prince discovered that she was an ogress who was telling her brood in the ruin, that she had brought them a fine young man for their dinner. He immediately turned back towards his horse trembling with fear at the thought of his fate when the ogress came out of the ruin. 'Why are you trembling?' she asked him. 'I have encountered an enemy whom I dread fiercely.' was his answer. 'Give him some money to leave you alone.' was the ogress' solution. 'He wants more than that. He wants my life.' replied the prince. 'Ask Allah for help.' said the ogress. Upon this, the prince raised his eyes to the sky and begged 'Help me Allah. Grant me victory over my enemy.' After hearing his cries, the ogress decided to let him live. The prince rode back to the king as fast as possible and told him all. The king was furious with the vizier for not having protected his son properly so he had him slain. Like I said, this was a different time and place.

'Likewise, king Yunan, if you trust the sage Duban, you will die a horrible death. He could be a spy.' said the minister who told the story of the ogress and the prince. Did not you see how this sage healed you by something you grasped in your hand? Could he not poison you by giving you something to smell and destroy you as easily as he cured you?' 'Yes indeed you are right' replied king Yunan 'What should I do?' 'Summon him and behead him.' came the minister's simple answer. Duban was summoned and the king Yunan told him of his impending fate. The sage was puzzled and asked what he had done to deserve this end. 'Men tell me that you are a spy so I shall have to kill you before you kill me.' explained king Yunan. 'If you spare me,' pleaded Duban 'Allah will spare you, but if you kill me, Allah will kill you too.' The king refused his plea. 'Is this my reward for healing you?' asked the sage Duban. 'I must kill you.' repeated the king. The sage pleaded and pleaded for his life while he was blindfolded and the executioner brought in. He wept and wept. At that moment one of the king's favourites in his entourage asked him to spare the blood of the sage. Again the king refused. The sage Duban, certain of his death asked one last favour 'Please grant me a small delay that I may take care of my obligations. I would like to arrange for my burial and the distribution of my books among which is a very rare book. This one I would like you to keep in your vaults.' The king was curious and asked about the book. 'This book holds many secrets and if after you cut off my head, you turn three pages of the book and read three lines from the left page, my head will answer any questions you wish to ask.' tempted the sage. The king was so curious that he allowed the sage to go home for the night. The next day the king's court was assembled when sage Duban arrived to be executed. He held the book under his arm while he carried a tray covered with powder. 'After you behead me, place my head on the powder to stop the bleeding and my head will speak to you as you turn the pages of the book.' were the sage's final words. The king had him beheaded and followed instructions. The sage's eyes began to glisten as his head lay on the tray. 'Open the book now oh king.' it instructed. The king tried to open the book but the pages were stuck together. He licked his forefinger and was then able to turn the first six pages. However, the book was empty. 'Turn over some pages.' the head instrid continue to do so but the book was poisoned. The king realized this but it was too late. The sage replied 'Fortune repays an ungrateful tyrant with the just punishment he duly deserves.' At that the king keeled over and died.

....These were the stories that the fisherman told the jinnee who wanted to slay him, but whom the fisherman recaptured in the bottle.....remember?

'Now I would like you to know jinnee, that if king Yunan had spared sage Duban, Allah would have spared him, but he refused to do so and thus Allah slew him. So you see ifrit, if you had spared me, Allah would have spared you.'

Scheherazade noticed that dawn was approaching so she stopped telling her tale. She did promise to continue with the tale of the fisherman and the jinnee the following night, thus sparing her and her sister's life for one more night...............to be continued after 2 months

A right little madam



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