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What does Mahmud mean?

Mahmud Pronunciation of Mahmud [mah-mud] as a boys' name is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Mahmud is "praiseworthy". A popular name in the Arab world which comes from the same root as Muhammad.

Associated with: arabic, popular (famous).


Mahmud has 4 variants: Mahmood, Mahmoud, Mehmood and Mehmud.

7 more different relations via Muhammad: Hamid, Hammad, Mahomet, Mehmet, Mehmoud, Mohamad and Mohamed.

Creative forms:
(male) Malmud, Marmud, ..

(female) Mahma, Mahmen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mahmud Aarush (M.A.), ..

How popular is Mahmud?

Mahmud is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#23221 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Mahmud (outside Top 2000) are Mahmoud (#1997 from current records), Mohamad (#1874), Mohamed (#451) and Muhammad (#365). Usage of these forms of Mahmud was at its most widespread in 2015 (median #1171). Mohamed has been the most recognizable form, though Muhammad is currently higher in the list. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mahmoud, Mohamad, Mohamed, Muhammad in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mohamed, Muhammad outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Ehud, Hamud, Laud, Magnus, Magus, Mahesh, Mahir, Mahlon, Maimon, Majed, Majeed, Majid, Malmun, Mamoun, Mamun, Mansur, Manus, Marcus, Marius, Markus, Marmer, Marque, Marqui, Mateus, Matheu, Maurus and Maximus. These names tend to be more commonly used than Mahmud.