Fatima (given name)

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Fatima
فَاطِمَة
Fatimah Arabic Calligraphy.svg
Calligraphic representation of Fatima's name, the most famous bearer of this name.
PronunciationArabic: [faː.tˤi.mah]
GenderFemale
Origin
Word/nameArabic
Meaning one who is beautiful like the stars[1][2]
Other names
Related namesFathima, Fatimah, Fadumo, Fadime,Fadima, Fatma, Fatme, Fatemeh, Fathama, Fadma, Fatna, Fatim, Fotima, Patimat, Petimat

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 literal meaning of the name is one who weans an infant or one who abstains.[3][4]

The colloquial Arabic pronunciation of the name in some varieties (e.g., Syrian and Egyptian) often omits the unstressed second syllable and renders it as Fatma when romanized. Incidentally, this is also the usual Turkish and Azerbaijani form of the name (another variant, Fadime, is less common). In South Asian countries, such as India (most commonly), Bangladesh and Pakistan, it may be spelt as Fathima. 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 (originally named after a Moorish princess) was the site of a famous Marian apparition in 1917, after which it achieved some popularity as a female personal name among Catholic populations, particularly in the Portuguese-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries.

Variations[edit]

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. It is Faḍma in Kabyle. In South Asia, it is spelt Fathima. 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]

Fatimah[edit]

Fátima[edit]

Fatemeh[edit]

  • 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

Fatimeh[edit]

Fatima[edit]

Fatma[edit]

Fadime[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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