Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Fatima

Fāṭima is a name of Arabic origin and means ‘chaste’ or one who ‘abstains (from forbidden things)’. It is also said to mean ‘weaner’ (or one who cares for her children). Fāṭima is a popular name among Muslims since it was borne by the Prophet Muhammad’s most favored daughter. Famita is also a name bestowed by Roman Catholics in honor of “Our Lady of Fátima”, a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary who appeared before three children in the village of Fátima, western Portugal, in 1917. The name of the town was also taken from the Arabic name, after a Moorish princess of Arabic origin during the period when the Moors (Islamic Arabs from Northern Africa) occupied the Iberian Peninsula.

All About the Baby Name – Fatima

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME FATIMA

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME FATIMA

The female name Fatima only first appeared on the U.S. Popularity charts in 1973. This was shortly after the 1965 repeal of the National Origins Act of 1924 – which had previously set restrictions on non-European immigration to the United States. This created a second wave of Arab immigration when hundreds of thousands of people came from Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian areas. Persians (mainly Iranians) should not be confused with Arabs. They are distinctly different even if they often share first names of Arabic origin. Muslims now constitute about 4% of the U.S. population, so we are beginning to see common Arab and Muslim first names appear on the American popularity charts. Fatima is one example of this, particularly important to the Shiites. The name has shown an upwards trajectory on the charts and today enjoys moderate success in this country. As mentioned earlier, it is also a name favored among some Roman Catholics (particularly the Spanish and Portuguese). It’s a beautiful name and contributes a meaningful place in the diversity of America.

Quick Facts

ON FATIMA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Arabic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

308

PRONUNCIATION:

FAT-ә-muh

SIMPLE MEANING:

Chaste, Abstainer

Characteristics

OF FATIMA

Freedom-loving

Adventurous

Adaptable

Intellectual

Easygoing

Progressive

Sensual

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Fatima

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FATIMA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Fatima

Popular Songs

ON FATIMA

Sister Fatima
a song by Don McLean

Secrets of Fatima
a song by Cage

Fatima's Hand
a song by Outlandish

Fatima
a song by Die Apokalyptischen Reiter

Eye of Fatima (Pt. 2)
a song by Camper Van Beethoven

Eye of Fatima (Pt. 1)
a song by Camper Van Beethoven

What Happened / Eye of Fatima
a song by Sublime

Famous People

NAMED FATIMA

Fatima bint Muhammad (daughter of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad)
Fatima Robinson (director/choreographer)
Our Lady of Fátima (apparition)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FATIMA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Fatima

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FATIMA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Fatima