Fatima (given name)

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Pronunciation Arabic: [faːtˤɪmaː]
Portuguese: ['fatimɐ]
Gender Female
Word/name Arabic
Meaning one who weans an infant or
one who abstains [1][2]
Other names
Related names Fatimah, Fadime, Fatma, Fatme, Fatemeh

Fatimah (Arabic: فَاطِمَة ‎‎, Fāṭimah) is a female given name of Arabic origin, commonly used all over the Islamic world. The colloquial Arabic pronunciation of the name often omits the unstressed second syllable and renders it as Fatma when romanized.

Fatima is also used by non-Muslims: the town of Fátima in 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.

The surname (T: 馬; S: 马) is a common family name for Chinese Muslims, and is sometimes said to derive from the name Fatima.[citation needed]


The Turkish and Azeri transliteration of the name is either Fatma or Fadime. In Somali the name became Faduma. The Persian transliteration is Fatemeh and it is Faḍma in Kabyle. Spelt as Fátima, the name is also common amongst Spanish and especially Portuguese speaking peoples in Iberia as well as in the Americas.



  • 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





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