What does Fatima mean?
Fatima \f(a)-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.
Fatima has 44 more different forms via Aisha, Khadijah, Mary: Aisia, Ashia, Asia▼, Ayeisa, Ayisa, Kadija, Mair, Maire, Maisha, Malia, Mame, Mamie▼, Manya, Mara, Maria, Mariam, Marian▼, Mariana, Marice, Marie▼, Mariel▼, Mariela▼, Marilla, Marin, Marion▼, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza▼, Marja, Marla▼, Marya, Marysa, Masha, Maura▼, Maurita, Mavra, Mayme▼, Mayra▼, Mayria, Mimi, Moira, Taisha and Takisha.
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 popularity of Fatima for girls. Fatima was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak position of #227 in the U.S. in the year 2001, and is currently at #328. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Maria (#115 last year), Mary (#120), Mariana (#331), Malia (#345), Aisha (#559), Mariam (#568), Marie (#579), Mara (#695), Asia (#806), Marla, Maura, Mayme, Moira, Mimi, Mayra, Maritza, Marion, Mame, Marian, Mamie, Khadijah, Mariel, Marin, Mariela and Marita are the prominent alternative forms of Fatima (#328 last year). Adoption of these girl names was at its highest in 2004 (usage of 0.312%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.2136%, down 31.5%), with forms like Asia, Maritza, Mayra, Mariela and Marie falling out of style. The more fashionable baby names among these are Aisha (#559), Mariam (#568), Mara (#695), Fatima (#328) and Mariana (#331), and there is a resurgence in baby name popularity for Mariana. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Fatima and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)