Farah (name)

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Gender Feminine/masculine
Word/name Arabic: happiness, joy, gladness, gleefulness, joyful, joyfulness, merriment, rejoice
Meaning Ironworker, blacksmith;
Happiness, joy
Other names
Related names Farrahxc

Farah or Farrah is an Arabic feminine and occasionally masculine given name.


It has two origins, Middle Eastern and English.[1] The Middle Eastern name and its variants (Farrah, Ferrah, Fareeha, etc.) are based on the Arabic root ف ر ح (f-r-ḥ), which is the basis of words related to joy (e.g., فَرَح , faraḥ, "happiness, joy, gladness, gleefulness, joyful, joyfulness, merriment, rejoice"). Its English root derives from Farrer, a middle English term from Middlesex meaning ironworker, itself derived from French Ferreor.

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  • Abdulrahim Abby Farah (1919–2018), Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations 1979-1990 and Somali diplomat and politician
  • Elias Farah (1928-2013), Arabian philosopher and ideologue of the Ba'ath Party
  • Joseph Farah, an American journalist and prominent conservative
  • Kenza Farah, French rap/R&B singer
  • Martha Farah, psychologist
  • Mo Farah (born 1983), Somali-born British international track and field athlete
  • Nuruddin Farah, award-winning Somali writer
  • Robbie Farah, Australian rugby league footballer


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