Persia, with its glorious and beautiful past, has been a great example of a forward-thinking nation from ancient times. The Persian heritage and traditions are deep-rooted, even today. The storied culture has many unique and wonderful names, especially for boys. This modern Persian boys’ name list is inspired by various languages, customs, and tastes found in Persian culture.
These unique baby names are meaningful and elegant. This list can help parents choose a Persian name for their baby boy that honors heritage. Most of these names are still prevalent in modern Iran and you will hear them there, sweetly said. New parents are often conflicted when naming their baby boys. They are looking for a name that is beautiful, popular, fashionable, and virtuous. We’re here to help! Check out our favorite baby names for boys with Persian origins that would make for a winning name today!
Not just a name for a cartoon villain as it was for Jafar in Disney’s Aladdin. Jafar is a most attractive option for new parents and it is found in both Arabic and specifically Persian tradition. The name pleasantly means “stream.”
Names beginning with J are popular options for parents in Iran and beyond. Jasper originated as a variation of the Latin, Gaspar, which ultimately procured from the Persian word ganzabara, meaning “bringer of treasure.” As a given name, Jasper’s etymology is independent to that of the gemstone, which comes from a Semitic word meaning “speckled stone.” Jasper has been on the rise in the US for baby boys since the seventies and it is more popular today than ever before.
Farzin is a popular name in the Muslim community and it originated in Persia. The name refers to the vizier piece in the game of shtranj (an ancestor of the game Chess). This name means “high-ranking official” and refers to political advisers and religious leaders.
The two X’s may be a challenge for even the most fearless baby namer. Xerxes was the name of two early kings of Persia. This gorgeous and storied name means “hero among heroes.” An excellent connotation for your son’s moniker.
A handsome Middle Eastern option, Navid can also be spelled Naveed which is currently the most popular spelling in the US. Navid means “good news.” We could all use a little of that, right?
Kir is a modern variation of the Persian name Cyrus which simply means “the sun.” You will also find this name in Russian, Albanian, and French traditions. In France, it is the name for a popular cocktail.
As strong-sounding as the established name in the US, Roman, Arman shares the same strength with a fraction of Roman’s popularity. Arman made the US top 1000 list in 1999 but has not returned to it since. We think that should change! Arman is a Persian and Khazak name that means “wish” or “hope.” You will also encounter this one in Russian and Israeli traditions.
This name refers to someone who belongs to Iran and is noble in behavior. It was also the name of the youngest son of the mythical King Farridoon. You will find this name in Shahnameh, the national epic poem for greater Iran.
In Turkish you will find Cihan, but the original Persian name is closer to Jahan. This attractive option has a big meaning in “universe.” In Sanskrit tradition, you will learn of an individual named Shah Jahan, an Indian emperor who built the Taj Mahal.
Razban is a person who is a true confidant. In Persian culture, it is a well-known name for boys and signifies trust. The name can be traced to Persian and Fārsi languages but it also occurs in other spoken in the Middle East and around the world. This word can mean “a confidant” or “pious.”
Bahman is thought to be a derivative modern form of Vohu Manah, but in modern Persian “Bahman” literally means “Snow Avalanche.” Vohu Manah means “pure mind/spirit.” It is also the eleventh and penultimate month of the Solar Hijri calendar, the official calendar of Iran and Afghanistan.
Gazsi is a playful name that means “king of the treasure” or “protector of the treasure.” It’s another form of Jasper which you will find mostly in Hungary today.
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Mirza is a name of Persian origin. It is used as a surname or prefix to identify patriarchal lineage. It is derived from a historical royal and noble title, denoting the rank of a royal prince, high nobleman, distinguished military commander, or scholar.
Javed or Jawed is a masculine given name of Persian origin, with a meaning of “eternal.” The name is from Modern Persian جاود “eternal.” The given name became popular among Indian Muslims from about the 1940s and remains a popular name for baby boys in Pakistan.
Nasir is a popular Arabic name that you will commonly find across the Middle East and as a top 500 pick for parents in the US. This delightful baby name means “helper.” We are very much into it!
Tahir is another popular name that you will find around the world. Perhaps parents are so taken with this name because of its wonderful meanings of “pure” or “virtuous.” It is traditionally a given name in Muslim and Jewish communities originating from the Middle East and Africa.
Darius is a historic name via Emperor Darius the Great, a key figure in ancient Persian history, and several other Persian kings. It’s a top 1000 name in the US today. While its look and sound is unmistakably Latin, it was adopted by the Romans from Greek who had adopted the name from Persian. This name means “king.”
The name of a companion of the prophet Muhammad who became the first person to call Muslims to prayer. Bilal is well-used in the US. While this name has fallen in popularity since 2002, we foresee it rejoining others in the US top 1000 in the coming years. This name enjoys Arabic origins that mean “moist.”
Cye is yet another form of the popular name with many variants, Cyrus. Cyrus the Great was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, the first Persian Empire. This Persian favorite means “lord” or “sun.” You will find as a top 500 name in the US today which we think makes way for the name Cye as well.
Habib is a boy’s name of Arabic origin meaning “loved one.” Roundly beloved by many parents in the Middle East, today, it is most popular in Tunisia and Syria. It might explain why the other meaning of this name, “most loved” is so very appropriate.
Omid is a very common Persian name that you will find variants of across the Middle East. The name is very popular in Iran today and it means “hope.” We can get behind that, can’t you?
Babak was the name of a Persian prince and father (or stepfather) of Ardashir I, founder of the Sasanian Empire. The name has origins in Middle Persian and comes from Pāpak which means “beloved father.”
Farooz, Firuz, Pirooz, and Firoz are all potential spellings for the popular Persian name Firuz. This name also comes from Middle Persian from Pērōz meaning “victorious, triumphant or prosperous.” However you spell it, this one excellent name!
Payam is a Muslim boys’ name. Payam sounds great and means “message.” The name is originated from Persian and enjoys multiple meanings including “good news” and “piece of news.” You will also find this appellation and its variants in Kurdish and Urdu traditions.
Shahin is a Persian baby name for boys that means “falcon.” You will find this gorgeous name all over the world and spelled in many, many different ways as both a given and surname. Chahine, Chahin, Chagin, Shaheen, Shaahin, Sjahien, Shaheen, Şahin, and Shehin are just a few ways to get to this name.
There you go! We hope you feel inspired by these timeless Persian name for boys and will consider one for your son to honor your heritage and keep tradition alive. Each of these names would be a welcome addition to any classroom and would serve your son well.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 25. Jafar
- 2 24. Jasper
- 3 23. Farzin
- 4 22. Xerxes
- 5 21. Navid
- 6 20. Kir
- 7 19. Arman
- 8 18. Erach
- 9 17. Jahan
- 10 16. Razban
- 11 15. Bahman
- 12 14. Gazsi
- 13 13. Mirza
- 14 12. Javed
- 15 11. Nasir
- 16 10. Tahir
- 17 9. Darius
- 18 8. Bilal
- 19 7. Cye
- 20 6. Habib
- 21 5. Omid
- 22 4. Babak
- 23 3. Firuz
- 24 2. Payam
- 25 1. Shahin
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