Zainab (also spelled Zaeneb, Zaynab, Zainub, Zeinab, Zeinabu, Zeinabou, Zeineb, Zenab, Zeynab, Zeyneb, Zeynep, Zejneb, Zejneba or Zeynib; Arabic: زينب, examples on Arabic pronunciations: [ˈzeːnæb, ˈziːnæb, ˈzajnab]) is an Arabic female given name meaning "a father's precious jewel", "the one who glorifies a father". It is derived from the Arabic root words "zeenah" (meaning precious jewel, what glorifies someone, source of beauty) and "ab" (meaning father). It can also mean "fragrant flower". Zaynab is the name of a daughter and a granddaughter of the Islamic prophet Mohammad. It is believed to be a modification of Zenobia, the name of a pre-Islam Syrian queen.
Famous people called Zaynab include:
- Zaynab bint Muhammad, daughter of Khadijah bint Khuwaylid and Muhammad
- Zaynab bint Ali, daughter of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the sister of Husayn ibn Ali, and granddaughter of Muhammad
- Zaynab bint Khuzayma, a wife of Muhammad
- Zaynab bint Jahsh, a wife of Muhammad
- Zaynab an-Nafzawiyyat, an influential figure in the Almoravid movement
- Zeinab Badawi, Sudanese-British television and radio journalist for the BBC
- Zainab Masood, a character in the British TV soap opera EastEnders
- "Islamic / Muslim Girls Names". The Milli Gazette. Jan 2000.