Fatima (given name)

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Fatimah Arabic Calligraphy.svg
Calligraphic representation of Fatima's name, the most famous bearer of this name.
PronunciationArabic: [faː.tˤi.mah]
Meaningone who weans an infant or
one who abstains [1][2]
Other names
Related namesFatimah, Fadumo, Fadime, Fatma, Fatme, Fatemeh, Fathama, Fadma, Fatna, Fatim, Fotima

Fatima (Arabic: فَاطِمَة‎, Fāṭimah), also spelled Fatimah, is a female given name of Arabic origin used throughout the Muslim world. Several relatives of the Islamic prophet Muhammad had the name, including his daughter Fatima as the most famous one.

The colloquial Arabic pronunciation of the name in some dialects (e.g., Syrian and Egyptian) often omits the unstressed second syllable and renders it as Fatma when romanized. Coincidentally, this is also the usual Turkish and Azerbaijani form of the name (another variant, Fadime, is less common). In Persian, the name is rendered as Fatemeh in the Iranian dialect, Fatima in Afghan dialect and Fotima (Фотима) in Tajik dialect.

Fatima is also used by non-Muslims: the town of Fátima, Portugal was named after a Moorish princess. It was the site of a famous Marian apparition in 1917, after which it achieved some popularity as a female personal name among Roman Catholic populations, particularly in the Portuguese-speaking and Spanish-speaking worlds.


This name has a lot of variations in different languages. The Turkish and Azerbaijani transliteration of the name is either Fatma or Fadime. In Somali the name became Fadumo. Fadma It is Faḍma in Kabyle. Spelled as Fátima, the name is also common amongst Spanish and especially Portuguese speaking peoples in Iberia as well as in the Americas. Due to the Berber influence on Moroccan Arabic, other variations exist in Morocco, such as Fatna, Fadma, Fettoosh, Fattoom.[citation needed]




  • Fatemeh Javadi, conservative politician and Vice President of Iran, 2005 – 2009
  • Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, former parliament deputy, member of opposition party based in US, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Fatemeh Homayounieh, researcher and scientist, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts





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  1. ^ Sue Browder (1997). The New Age Baby Name Book. Workman Publishing. p. 101. ISBN 9780761102328.
  2. ^ Teresa Norman (2003). A World of Baby Names. The Berkley Publishing Group. p. 11. ISBN 9780399528941.