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Beautiful Moroccan Names and What They Mean

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Updated: 19 September 2017
The birth of a child is often cause for great joy in Morocco, as in most places around the world. Parents often choose names with meanings and that are steeped in long traditions. Read on to discover some of Morocco’s most charming names and what they mean.

The Moroccan language is filled with lovely words. Naming a child in Morocco isn’t simply a case of choosing a name that parents like, however; the Civil Registry will only register approved names. Names must be Moroccan in character, in common use, and recognisable. Foreign and unusual names will not be registered. Criteria, as set down by government, include using long-standing Arab names, using “attributes of Allah” with the prefix “Abd” (“servant of”), using names of Islamic origin where the pronunciation is clear and that have been more commonly used in Morocco over recent times, names with Amazigh heritage, and names with Hebrew roots for Moroccans of Jewish descent.

While greater flexibility is urged by many people in respect of Amazigh names, many names approved in Morocco come from Arab roots.

Beautiful Moroccan names for boys:

Abbas

Pronounce it like this: ABB-ess

Anis

Pronounce it like this: ANN-ass

Hassan

Pronounce it like this: ha-SAN

Karim

Pronounce it like this: ka-rEEm

Omar

Pronounce it like this: OWE-mer

Rafik

Pronounce it like this: ra-fEEk

Saad

Pronounce it like this: sAHH-d

Moroccan names for girls:

Amina

Pronounce it like this: A-meen-ah

Aziza

Pronounce it like this: A-zEEz-ah

Imane

Pronounce it like this: Ih-man

Jamila

Pronounce it like this: jah-mEEl-ah

Nadia

Pronounce it like this: nAD-ee-ya

Souhaila

Pronounce it like this: soo-WHALE-ah

Yasmine

Pronounce it like this: YAS-meen