From Alicia to Gigi; 5 Celebs Who Chose Arabic Names For Their Babies and Why

Having a baby is a beautiful miracle; a joy like no other, but everything about this journey is tricky, even the seemingly smallest details, like choosing your baby’s name.

Naming a baby could be a daunting task; after all, it becomes an inseparable part of your child’s persona, so it has to be meaningful, and one group has been known for choosing the coolest baby names ever.

Over the decades, celebrities have garnered a reputation for giving their children very unique names, and while some opt for quirky names, such as Elon Musk who chose the very controversial “X Æ A-Xii” for his son, others go for more traditional, culture-related names.

Of this group, Arab names stand alone, with beautiful pronunciation and unique meaning. And after Gigi Hadid and Zain Malik announced their baby’s name, we decided to gather the coolest and most eccentric list of Arab celebrity baby names out there.


On Thursday, the 25-year-old supermodel changed her bio on Instagram to “Khai’s mom”, finally revealing her newborn’s name to the public. A source at TMZ stated that the name is a tribute to Gigi’s grandmother Khairia Hadid.


A year ago, during the 2020 Grammy Awards Show, American-Palestinian producer DJ Khaled announced to the press that his second-born son name is “Aalam”, which means “the world” in Arabic.


Kimberly Stewart, socialite, model, fashion designer, and daughter to legendary British rockstar Sir Rod Stewart, named her beautiful daughter Delilah, a name that has its origin in Arabic and means “queen of the night”.


Almost a year ago, in an Instagram post, singer and dancer Katherine Jenkins posted a picture of her baby girl and wrote: “Introducing our daughter Aaliyah Reign Levitas.” Aaliyah is a variation of the name Aliyah, which means “rising” in Hebrew and “exalted” in Arabic. 

Egypt Daoud Dean

In 2010, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz welcomed their son Egypt Daoud Dean to the world. The word “Egypt” is of course a country’s name that comes from the Greek Aegyptus, while Daoud is the Arabic variation of the Hebrew name David, which means “beloved”.

Genesis Ali Dean

Five years later, the power couple were blessed with their second son and decided to name him Genesis Ali Dean. Genesis is a biblical name that means “beginning”, while Ali is an Arabic name that means “noble” or “excellent”.

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