Some of the most popular Muslim names for girls in the Arab world are Leila, Fatima, Sara, Noor and Aisha. When choosing the baby's name, Arabs prefer either names that have a meaning and give a hint about the child's personality or names that honor Muslim saints, or both.
Arabic Muslim names may also show the main virtue or quality parents want their child to possess. For instance, Sara means "pure" and "happy," Salma means "peace" and "wholeness," Noor means "light," Joury means "a red rose" and Mayar means "a person who brings welfare" in Arabic. The female name Wajidah means "loving" and "affectionate." Other popular names for Muslim girls include Marian, Jana, Malak and Lian, as of 2013.
The names that are most popular for girls born to Arabic Muslim parents are often inspired by women mentioned in Muslim religious texts. Zainab was one of the prophet Muhammed's daughters, Fatima was his favorite daughter, and Aicha was of one of his wives. By naming their children after them, parents express their devotion to Muslim beliefs and customs and honour significant figures in their faith. A list of the most popular baby names among Muslim parents for 2013 is available at the Baby Center website.