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Pronunciation Central Arabia: [dʒæˈmæːl]
Levant: [ʒaˈmaːl]
Tunisia: [ʒæˈmɛːl]
Egypt: [ɡæˈmæːl]
English /əˈmɑːl/[1]
Gender Male
Word/name Arabic
Meaning Beauty
Region of origin Arab World
Other names
Related names Cemal, Cemil, Jamil;
Jamila (feminine)

Jamal (Arabic: جمال‎‎ Jamāl/Ǧamāl ) is an Arabic masculine given name, meaning beauty.[2] The use of this name is widespread across the Muslim world.

In Egypt the name is pronounced [ɡæˈmæːl] and so is normally spelled Gamal . Tunisians may spell it Jamel. In Turkish, the name is transliterated as Cemal, Albanian as Xhemal and in Bosnian as Džemal.

Notable people with this given name[edit]

Jamal Lalaoui ( born 1970 ), Belgian broker and financial planner

Džemal Bijedić (1917–1977), Bosnian Communist politician

Notable people with this surname[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Jamal Lyon, one of the main protagonists of the Fox show Empire
  • Jamal Malik, protagonist in the film Slumdog Millionaire
  • Jamal Grant, main character in the NBC show City Guys
  • Jamal Al-Fayeed, main antagonist of the FX show Tyrant


  • Jamal (band), Polish hip hop, ragamaffin, reggae and dancehall band

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jamal at Dictionary.com
  2. ^ Jamal at BehindTheName.com