Pashtuns, also called Paktun, Pushtan, or Pathan are one the largest ethnic groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are united by the Pashto language, which is tied with the Indo-Iranian language family.
The majority of Pashto names is derived from Turkish, Arabic, and Persian names, which have roots in Islamic names. Children are given two or three names at the time of birth. In the case of more than one given name, one will be the child’s informal name or the ‘most called name’.
For males, Muhammad, the name of the prophet of Islam, is picked as the first given name in case of more than one given name. But Muhammad isn’t the informal name or most called name amongst the Pashtuns, considering the popularity of this name in Islamic countries. Pashtun girls have at the most two given names. The female names mostly end in –ai or –a. Upon marriage, women take the family name of their husband’s.
The use of family names is prominent amongst Pashto speaking families. The family names of the Pashtuns are derived from tribe or region they live in. The surnames derived from tribe usually end in –i or ai. Below, MomJuction has listed some of the most popular Pashto baby boy and girl names for you. Take a look!
|Zarqa||A girl with bluish green eyes||Girl|
|Zgard||One who leads his life without fear||Boy|
|Zhala||The luminosity and shine of moon||Girl|
|Zhalai||Hail, pellets of frozen rain, falling in showers from clouds||Girl|
|Zmarak||Like a little lion||Girl|
|Zohal||Zohal is the name of the moon of another planet||Girl|
|Zufash||When the light spreads over the world.||Girl|
|Zuhra||Pashto term for Venus star||Girl|
|Zuleikha||A girl who is lovely and brilliant||Girl|