Are you looking for a traditional Iranian name for your pea in the pod? Then you may want to take a look at MomJunction's Iranian baby name list.
Iranian baby names have a unique combination of soft vowels and rolling consonants, which makes them flow smoothly from the tongue. Besides the traditional Ahmad, Mohammad, and Zainab, there are plenty of other baby names that are expressive of Iran’s history and language.
The Iranian naming convention is very similar to the Arabic naming convention. Parents have to select a good and meaningful name for their child, as recommended by the Prophet Muhammad. Names with unpleasant meanings were disliked by the Holy Prophet. Hence, it’s avoided by Iranian parents as well.
An Iranian baby gets two names, a given name, and a nickname. Middle name is optional. But the surname must be taken from the paternal side. In addition, parents can add suffixes like ‘son of’ or ‘descendent of’ to their son’s name.
Modern Iranian names are derived from place names in Iran such as Tabrizi, Kirmani, and Tehrani, which is a refreshing break from regular Arabic names. Also, women do not have to change their surnames post marriage. But they are free to add their husband’s family name to their own. Have a look at MomJunction's list of popular Iranian names below.
|Abolfazl||Father of virtue||Boy|
|Ali||Elevated, prominent, superior||Boy|
|Amir Abbas||Amir means prosperous, Abbas means austere||Boy|
|Amir Ali||Amir means prosperous, Ali means high, lofty, sublime.||Boy|
|Amir Hossein||Amir means prosperous, Hossein means handsome or beautiful||Boy|
|Ava||A bird; a living organism of the ecosystem||Girl|
|Baran||Gaelic - Noble Warrior; Russian - Ram; Forceful; Virile; Teutonic - Noble Fighter||Boy|
|Fatemeh||A captivating chaste woman||Girl|
|Helma||Protective, shielding, defending||Girl|
|Hossein||Handsome and beautiful||Boy|
|Mohammad||The most important and precious part of human body, which give light to our path; eyes||Boy|
|Mohammad Hossein||Mohammad means praiseworthy, Hossein means handsome or beautiful||Boy|
|Mohammad Reza||Mohammad means praiseworthy, Reza means satisfaction or contentment||Boy|
|Nazanin Zahra||Nazanin means sweetheart, lovely, and, delightful, Zahra means flower, blossom, or beauty.||Girl|
|Raha||A peace of mind||Girl|
|Yesna||Prayer, supplication, worship||Girl|
|Zahra||Shining or flower||Girl|
|Zeinab||A variant of Zainab, meaning beautiful.||Girl|
|Afshin||Name of an Iranian General; derived name from princely title of rulers of Osrusana||Boy|
|Akhtar||Arabic - Star; Good Man; Good Luck||Boy|
|Also leilah||The one who is born in night and a dark-haired beauty providing satisfaction||Girl|
|Atifeh||An affectionate person||Girl|
|Eskandar||Iranian form of Alexander.||Boy|
|Jahanna||The woman of the entire world||Girl|
|Kurian||Kurian is the name of a Christian village in Iran||Unisex|
|Mehregan||An ancient Aryan(Early Iranians) festival to welcome Autumn season. "Mehr' in the kindness, and aslo represents love, knowledge and freindship.||Girl|
|Navroz||The Iranian new year||Girl|
|Nawroz||The Iranian festival to celebrate new year||Girl|
|Noosha||Entertaining and pleasurable damsel.||Girl|
|Rustam||A tall and strong free man||Boy|
|Shahriar||He is a Lord||Boy|
|Shokufeh||A blossoming woman||Girl|