How popular is the baby name Fatimah in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Fatimah and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Fatimah.
The baby names Teresa and Fatima might see higher usage in 2016 and 2017, respectively, thanks to Catholic influence.
On September 4, 2016, Mother Teresa will officially be declared a saint of the Catholic Church.
Mother Teresa’s religious name honors St. Thérèse de Lisieux, but she opted for the Spanish spelling “Teresa” when she took her religious vows (back in 1931) because another nun in the convent was already using the name “Thérèse.”
Her birth name was Anjezë, an Albanian form of Agnes, which can be traced back to the ancient Greek word hagnos, meaning “pure, chaste.”
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions seen by three shepherd children (Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta) near the town of Fátima, Portugal.
The place name Fátima is based on the Arabic personal name Fatimah, meaning “to wean.”
If the usage of Fatima does rise in the U.S. in 2017, I’ll be curious to see how much of that increase comes from states with large Portuguese populations (like Massachusetts, California, and Rhode Island).
Update, 5/18/2017: The name Teresa did rise in usage, but only slightly, in 2016.
Three bits of name news out of Saudi Arabia…
The most circulated [baby] names in the Kingdom include Mohammad, Fahd, Abdullah, Abdulrahman, Turki, Bandar, Omar, Ali, Fatima, Aisha, Nora, Hessa, Sheikha, and Maha.
Unfortunately the article didn’t specify exactly which year (or years) this list covers.
Unusual or rare [baby] names have been reduced due to the work of authorities across the Kingdom who have enacted regulations to curb exotic or strange names.
Some of the baby names no longer being used are…
- Faziah, female name meaning “one who is afraid”
- Mureibah, female name, “fearful”
- Najar, male name
- Rashash, male name, “a gun machine”
- Zaqam, male name meaning “to do with the mouth” (…?)
Here’s an earlier list of baby names (possibly) banned in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi society is facing a new phenomenon in which many young people are changing their names to be in tune with the latest name trends, Al-Hayat newspaper reported.
Several of the name changes mentioned in the article:
- Fatimah to Hadeel (woman, 22 years old)
- “I used the name Hadeel for my social media account before I changed it officially with the Civil Status Department.”
- Salem to Faris (man, 27 years old)
- Ethar to Maria (woman, 31 years old)
- Nouf to Naifah (woman, age not mentioned)
Sources: Naming babies under scrutiny, The name game! Young Saudis changing names to be more trendy