Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Hamza

Ḥamza is an ancient Arabic masculine name meaning “steadfast” (from “hamuza”). The name was most famously borne by Hamza ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, the Prophet Muhammad’s paternal uncle and, because the two were only a few years apart in age, a brotherly-like companion. Therefore, Hamza is an important name in the Islamic tradition. Muhammad and Hamza were raised together like brothers (although Hamza was actually the brother of Muhammad’s father). At an early age, the boy distinguished himself in the arts of swordsmanship, archery, hunting and wrestling; he was also renowned for his bravery. At first, Hamza did not join in on the Islamic preachings of his nephew, preferring to maintain the status quo of Mecca where he was a member of the elite. He loved Muhammad as a brother and would finally defend him against Abū Jahl (a hostile enemy to the Muslims) and convert to Islam. This reinforced the legitimacy of the Islamic teachings and gave the Muslims an added dose of power and much needed moral support. Hamza became a close advisor to his nephew and fought bravely alongside his fellow Muslims against constant resistance and conflict. He finally died at the Battle of Uhud in 625 A.D.; died fighting as “Allah’s lion”. Not surprisingly, given Hamza’s role in Islamic history, it’s a Top 10 name choice in the Arab nation of Libya. In the Western World, Hamza is used with some frequency among Arab transplants in the nations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Hamza

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME HAMZA

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME HAMZA

Hamza first appeared on the American naming charts in 1998. Although the name finally landed a position on the charts, it’s mainly restricted to the Arab-American population so we don’t see it growing much further. In fact, it already appears to be leveling off. Also impeding the growth of Hamza is the fact that it doesn’t appear to be one of the Arabic names embraced by the Muslim African-American community as some other Arabic names in keeping with Islamic traditions such as Muhammad, Ahmad, Jamal, Nasir, Rashad or Kareem. It may be the “Ham” prefix turning off English-speakers. We’ll have to wait and see how “steadfast” this name will remain on the American charts.

Quick Facts

ON HAMZA

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Arabic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

655

PRONUNCIATION:

Uncertain

SIMPLE MEANING:

Steadfast

Characteristics

OF HAMZA

The Master Builder

Leader

Large Undertakings

Confidence

Discipline

Organization

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Hamza

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HAMZA

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

Popular Songs

ON HAMZA

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Hamza


Famous People

NAMED HAMZA

Hamza ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib (Muhammad’s uncle)

Children of Famous People

NAMED HAMZA

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HAMZA

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