150 Assyrian Baby Names With Meanings

Forget Greek and Latin names. Parents are now going for unique and culturally rich Assyrian names for their children. Assyrian names originally comprised a first name appended with a patronymic like –bet or –bar, which mean ‘house of’ and ‘son of/after’ respectively. And until recently, there was even a trend among Assyrians to abbreviate the given names into one or two syllables. Today, most of the Assyrians are opting the European naming convention of a given name and a surname. Middle name is optional and not very common among the Assyrians.

Also, in earlier times, most Assyrian surnames were first names of grandparents who signed the surname law documents in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. This was the main reason why most of the Assyrian last names were also common first names. But the Arabization of the Assyrian states such as Iraq and Syria compelled the natives to abandon their original surnames and opt for Arabic surnames. But times have changed now. The Assyrians of today carry their Aramaic surnames, and just a minor population have Turkish, Arabic, or Persian surnames.

Below is MomJunction's list of popular Assyrian baby boy and girl names along with meanings. The list is organized alphabetically, and you just need to click on the names to read the meaning.

IskhaqA form of Isaac. It means he laughs.Boy
IssaviA Persian term used for Christians.Boy
IstirAssyrian form of Esther. It means bright star.Girl
IzlaName of a river.Girl
KhannahA merciful woman.Girl
KhawaA form of Eve, meaning life.Girl
KushiA KushiteBoy
LarsaName of a Sumerian city in southern Iraq.Unisex
LawitaProtect by keeping a close watchGirl
LayahA form of Leah, meaning cow.Girl
LilisOf the nightGirl
LuqaA form of Luke. It means light.Boy
LwitaFriend or companion.Girl
MalkunoLittle princeBoy
Man'nahAngel's food.Boy
MardinaShe who is righteous and just.Girl
MarjanitaDaughter of the sea.Girl
MarnitaTo put in front of one's eyesGirl
MiltaTalk or conversation.Girl
MousheA form of Moses, meaning to draw out water.Boy
MunirsuartaName of the king of the Araziasai.Boy
MuskaPossessor or one who runs about.Boy
NinsonName of Gilgamesh's mother.Girl
NinwaCapital of AssyriaGirl
NuhroHoly lightBoy
NukhAssyrian variant of Noah, meaning comfort.Boy
OshanaPalm treeGirl
PalakhA workerBoy
PithyouForm of Anthony, meaning highly praiseworthy.Boy
PolousAssyrian form of Paul. It means small or humble.Boy
QanayaA blacksmithBoy
RabbuThe almightyBoy
RditaShe who is beautiful by her deedsGirl
RebqahAssyrian form of Rebecca. It means to bind or connect.Girl
SalibaAssyrian word meaning cross.Boy
SeniName of the king of Dayani.Boy
ShabehA weekBoy
ShafiraA nice and well behaved woman.Girl
ShalimoonAssyrian form of Solomon, meaning peace.Boy
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