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What does Jamal mean?

Jamal Pronunciation of Jamal [ja-mal] as a boys' name is pronounced ja-MAL. It is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Jamal is "handsome". Popular among black or Muslim families in America. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

Associated with: arabic, handsome, popular (famous), black (dark).


Jamal has 22 variants: Jahmal, Jamaal, Jamael, Jamahl, Jamall, Jamaul, Jameel, Jamel, Jamell, Jamiel, Jamil, Jamile, Jamill, Jammal, Jemaal, Jemahl, Jemall, Jimahl, Jimal, Jomahl, Jomal and Jomall.

Affiliated boy names: Jamar, Jemal and Gamal.

Creative forms:
(male) Nimal, Romal, ..

(female) Jaal, Jamali, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jamal Jaxyn (J.J.), ..

How popular is Jamal?

Jamal is a very popular first name for men (#565 out of 1220, Top 46%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#15225 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Jamal entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #233 in the U.S. in 1993, and is currently at #736. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Jamal (#736 in recent rankings) are Jahmal, Jamaal, Jamall, Jamar (#1044 in recent rankings), Jameel, Jamel (#1424), Jamell, Jamil (#1497) and Jemal. Adoption of these relations of Jamal was at its peak 2 decades ago (adoption of 0.13%) and has become much diminished since (adoption 0.04%, 70%), with forms like Jamal becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jamal, Jahmal, Jamaal, Jamall, Jamar in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jameel, Jamel, Jamell, Jamil, Jemal in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jamal and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jamal is alike in pronunciation to Gemal, Gemul and Jamelle. Other suggested similar names are Akmal, Amal, Aqmal, Danal, Hamal, Ismal, Jaap, Jabar, Jacan, Jada, Jael, Jafar, Jahan, Jalal, Jalan, Jalil, Jallal, Jamari, Jamarr, Jame, Jamee, James, Jamey, Jamie, Jamin, Jamon, Janak, Janan, Jarad, Jarah, Jaran, Jaray, Jarel, Jarl, Jarman, Jaryl, Javan, Jayar, Jelal, Jemar, Jimar, Jomar, Jubal, Kamal, Laval, Magal, Natal, Rafal and Ysmal. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jamal.

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