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Pronunciation Central Arabia: [dʒæˈmæːl]
Levant: [ʒaˈmaːl]
Tunisia: [ʒæˈmɛːl]
Egypt: [ɡæˈmæːl]
English /əˈmɑːl/[1]
Gender Male
Word/name Arabic
Meaning Beauty
Region of origin Arab World
Other names
Related names Cemal, Cemil, Jamil;
Jamila (feminine)

Jamal (Arabic: جمالJamāl/Ǧamāl ) is an Arabic masculine given name, meaning beauty.[2] The use of this name is widespread across the Muslim world and among communities of African descent.

In Egypt the name is pronounced [ɡæˈmæːl] and so is normally spelled Gamal . Tunisians may spell it Jamel. In Turkish, the name is transliterated as Cemal, Albanian as Xhemal and in Bosnian as Džemal.

In the Western world the name is also used as a masculine (Jamal, Jameel) and feminine given name (Jameela).[2]

People with the given name Gamal, Jamal, or Džemal[edit]

People with the surname Gamal or Jamal[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Jamal Malik, protagonist in the film Slumdog Millionaire
  • Jamal Grant, main character in the NBC show City Guys
  • Jamal Al-Fayeed, main antagonist of the FX show "Tyrant"
  • Jamal Lyon, one of the main protagonists of the Fox show "Empire"


  • Jamal (band), Polish hip hop, ragamaffin, reggae and dancehall band

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jamal at Dictionary.com
  2. ^ a b Jamal at BehindTheName.com