Meaning and name origin
Fatima \f(a)-ti-ma\ as a girl's 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 is a very popular first name for females (#1078 out of 4276, Top 25%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Fatima for girls. Fatima reached its highest rank of #227 in the U.S. in 2001. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Fatima and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Mary (#120), Fatima (#328), Aisha (#559), Asia (#806) and Khadijah. (2014 statistics).