What does Fatima mean?
Fatima [fa-ti-ma] as a girls' name is pronounced FAH-tee-mah. It is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Fatima is "baby's nurse". Also possibly "one who abstains". The name of the favorite daughter of the prophet Muhammad who was his only child to bear children. Hence she is sometimes referred to as "the mother of all Muslims". See also Aisha, Khadijah, and Mary. The name is sometimes used by Christians in honor of "Our Lady of Fatima" due to a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1917 by three Christian children in Portugal.
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How popular is Fatima?
Fatima is a very prominent first name for women (#1078 out of 4276, Top 25%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#29390 out of 150436, Top 20%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name history of Fatima for girls. Fatima was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #227 in the U.S. in the year 2001, and is currently at #311. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Maria (#109 last year), Mary (#124), Malia (#313), Aisha (#491), Asia (#907), Khadija (#1329), Fatimah (#1888), Khadijah (#1890) and Marita are the prominent alternative forms of Fatima (#311 last year). Adoption of these relations of Fatima was at its highest in the 1880s (average #1613) and has become much lower since (#936, ▼93%), with forms like Maria going out of style. Aisha and Fatima are two of the more chic girl names in this list.
Recommended names are Basima, Catia, Catina▼, Datia, Fabia, Fadia, Fadila, Faida, Faina, Fania, Farica, Farina, Fazila, Fima, Halima, Jaima, Karima, Katia, Katica, Katina▼, Katiya, Latia, Latifa, Latina, Maxima, Naima, Natifa, Salima, Satina, Taima, Tatia and Ultima. These names tend to be less frequently used than Fatima.See names in meaning and etymology.