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What does Kareem mean?

Kareem /ka-reem/ as a boys' name is pronounced kah-REEM. It is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Kareem is "generous, giving". The Koran lists generosity as one of the 99 qualities of God. Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Associated with: arabic, great


Kareem has 3 variants: Karam, Karim and Kharim.

Kareem has 1 feminine form: Karima.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Keireem, Kereem, ..

(female) Kareemma, Kareemmi, ..

How popular is Kareem?

Kareem is a somewhat popular first name for men (#858 out of 1220, Top 70%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#44895 out of 150436, Top 30%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history of Kareem for boys. Kareem was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #466 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #751. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the history of Kareem and related names. Karim (#1074 the previous year) is the only other prominent varying form of Kareem (#751 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Kareem were at the top of their popularity 1 year ago (usage of 0.03%) and have remained as common to this day (usage 0.03%, 4.8%). Kareem is a constant favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kareem, Karim in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Kareem is alike in pronunciation to Kerem. Other recommended names are Faheem, Fareed, Hakeem, Jakeem, Kadeem, Kadeen, Kadeer, Kairne, Kaleel, Kameel, Karel, Karle, Karmel, Karmen, Karmi, Karney, Karny (see Kearney), Karrel, Kasee, Kaseem, Kearne, Kearney, Khadeem, Kirwen, Koren, Kram, Nadeem, Naeem, Raheem, Saleem, Sareek, Sareeq (see Saarik) and Tareek. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kareem.