What does Fatima mean?
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.
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 1970-1979 and reached its peak position of #227 in the U.S. in the year 2001, and is currently at #328. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
Maria (#115 last year), Mary (#120), Malia (#345), Aisha (#559), Asia (#806), Khadijah and Marita are the prominent alternative forms of Fatima (#328 last year). Adoption of these relations of Fatima was at its highest in 2003 (average #454) and is almost as widespread today (#534, ▼15%), but with the forms Asia and Khadijah becoming less in vogue. Aisha, Fatima and Malia are three of the more chic girl names in this list.
Thinking of names?
Recommended similar baby 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.