Zaynab (also spelled Zainab, Zeinab, Zinab, and in other ways; Arabic: زينب, [ˈzeːnæb, ˈziːnæb, ˈzajnab]) is a female given name meaning "a father's precious jewel", or "the adornment/beauty of the father". It is derived from the Arabic root words "zeenah" Arabic: زينة (meaning adornment, beauty) and "ab" Arabic: الآب (meaning father). It can also mean "fragrant flower". It is also closely connected to the Hebrew name 'Zenyeb' (Zeyn-abi/Zeyn-aba) which means 'Pride of [her] father'.
Zaynab is the name of the daughter and the granddaughter of the Islamic prophet Mohammad. It is believed to be a modification of the name of a pre-Islam Syrian queen that is rendered in Greek as Zenobia.
- Zaynab bint Muhammad, daughter of Khadijah bint Khuwaylid and Muhammad
- Zaynab bint Ali, daughter of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the sister of Husayn ibn Ali, and granddaughter of Muhammad
- Zaynab bint Khuzayma, a wife of Muhammad
- Zaynab bint Jahsh, a wife of Muhammad
- Zaynab an-Nafzawiyyat, an influential figure in the Almoravid movement
- Zeinab Badawi, Sudanese-British television and radio journalist for the BBC
- Zainab Masood, a character in the British TV soap opera EastEnders
Zainab Yasmin Karim, UCL student, famous for ironing carpet
- "Islamic / Muslim Girls Names". The Milli Gazette. Jan 2000.