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For other uses, see Tariq (disambiguation).
Pronunciation [tˤaːˈrɪq]
Gender Male
Language(s) Arabic
Meaning Morning Star
Other names
Pet form(s) Tarrook

Tariq (also transliterated as Tarik, Tarek, Tareq, Tarec, Tarique, or Tarık, Arabic: طارق‎, Ṭāriq) is an Arabic male given name, common in the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia and Southeast Europe.


The word is derived from the Arabic verb (Arabic: طرق‎, ṭaraqa) meaning to strike, and into the doer form (Arabic: طارق‎, ṭarik) meaning striker.
It started to get used as a name after Tariq ibn-Ziyad, a military leader who conquered Spain for the Moors.


In Arabic literature, the use of the word appears in several places including most-notably the Qur'an, where ṭāriq referred to the brilliant stars at night in (At-Tariq, verse 1).[1] Stars can be eloquently referred to as Tariq because it comes out at night,[2] and it is the common understanding of the word nowadays due to the Qur'an.
Since Arabic is the language of poetry, we can also find it in many poems. For example, from the famous poets Imru' al-Qais and Jarir ibn Atiyah.[3]

Given name[edit]


Tarick, Tarık, Tarik[edit]

Tareq, Tariq[edit]



  • Gibraltar is the Spanish derivation of the Arabic name Jabal ṬTāriq (جبل طارق), meaning "Mountain of Tariq".