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What does Fatima mean?

Fatima Pronunciation of Fatima 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.

ASSOCIATED WITH Fa-, -ma, arabic, prophet, lady (noble), virgin


VARIANTS Fateema, Fateemah, Fatimah, Fatma, Fatmah

SEE ALSO Asia, Khadija




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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)

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fatima name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Fatima outside U.S.

Which version is better?

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). 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Fatima, Aisha, Asia, Fatimah, Khadija in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Khadijah, Malia, Maria, Marita, Mary in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Aisha, Maria, Mary outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike 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.

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