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The Modern Persian Names Today, Persian children are named with one or more given name (s) and a surname (last name). However, it wasn’t until 1919 that Persian names began to include surnames under the reign of Reza Shah. Old Persian was an Indo-European language spoke by the ancients. Persian forms the base for other languages which are spoken in the ancient Persian region today, such as Farsi, Kurdish, Tajik, and Dari. Persian Mythological Names Zoroastrianism is the religious philosophy derived from the teachings of Zoroaster, a prophet. The religion is also called Maganism and Maydaism. Once one of the largest world religions, Zoroastrianism dates back to before 600 B.C., and originates from the ancient eastern region called Greater Iran. Some estimated 160,000 Zoroastrians still exist, worldwide. The religion was marginalized and eventually usurped almost entirely by Islamic influences from the 7th century A.D. onto this present day. The legends and mythological character names provided a rich source for many Persian first names in ancient times. Zoroastrianism mythological names are still used today in modern forms taken from the old Aveston language of that period. The table below gives some popular examples of Persian Mythological Names derived from the myths and legends. Name m/f Origin/Derivation myth meaning Rashn m fr Ancient Avestan form Rashnu justice Bahman m fr Ancient Aveston form Vohu Manah good mind Arash m fr Persian Legend: the archer who’s arrow flew several hours determining the Persian-Turan border bright or truthfulness Anaitis f Hellenized Persian fr Grk Anahita reference to Persian water goddess Anahita (identified with: Aphrodite Athena Artemis) f Persian fertility & water goddess Grk love goddess born from sea foam Grk wisdom & warfare goddess Grk goddess of hunting & the moon undefiled, immaculate Amordad, Anurdad f modern form of Persian Ameretat reference to Persian plant/immortality goddess Amertat f Zoroastrian plant & long life goddess immortality (Avestan) Sarosh m fr Aveston Sraosha obedience Sohrab m fr Persian and Iranian mythology illustrious, shining Shahrivar m fr Aveston Kshathra Vairya desirable power Yima m fr Ancient Aveston Jam river or twin Jam or Jamshid m name of mythological Persian king shining Ahura Mazda m Persian myth creator; god of truth, light & goodness lord of wisdom Angra Mainyu m Persian god of death, darkness & destruction evil spirit (Avestan) Ormazd m modern variant fr Ahura Mazda the supreme god Ashtad f Zoroastrianism angel (Yazata) name justice (Persian)   Given Names The 10th century Persian literature classic, Shahnameh (or The Epic of Kings),  is considered a masterpiece by many and is a Iranian treasure. Nearly 15% of Persian given names are taken from the Shahnameh. Some names include: Bijan, Farzad, Armeen, Babak, Fariborz, Farhad, Darab, Bizhan, Abtin, Farshid, and Arzhang. Names like Modad (f) which is the 5th month on the Iranian calender and Aban (m) the 8th month are easily derived from Persian vocabulary or from cultures with shared Zoroastrian mythology, like Iran. Other given names, like Rostam or Rustam can be traced back to a warrior hero in Persian legend, but it’s actual meaning remains unknown.   The majority of Persian names were taken from Arabic due to the religion of Islam’s conquest of Persia. Christians in Persia, mostly Armenian Iranians,  are allowed to use Arabic, Greek or Assyrian derivations from the saint names for naming their children. Persian Surnames Unconventionally, Persian surnames are still young in the naming customs. Conventionally, the Persian surname naming custom uses names which are usually derived from the place the name bearer comes from. Locational surname adaptations which are typical sources for many other surname origins (ex. English surnames, American surnames, Irish surnames), have been suffixed with -i. Shirazi, Tehrani, Khorasani, Kordestani, and Mazandarani are common examples for Persian surnames taken from locations. Persian baby names are still re-developing, and with the insurgence of new generational influences and pop culture, it will be interesting to see where they will draw from in future naming customs.

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Name Origin MeaningM/FCelebrity Baby?Celebrity?Shortlist
LaylaPersianDark. Born at night.
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AnisaPersianFriendly, social,
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CHAKAPersian-BoyShortlist
HabibPersianBeloved, darling, lover, dear; Habib is also used as a term of endearment by adding a letter "i" to the ending for the masculine version ,
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MonaPersianGathered of the seed of a jimson weed,
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TaranaPersianMelody
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EasterPersianStar. Refers to the planet venus. Also myrtle leaf. Also a variant of Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of love. Famous bearer: Old Testament Ester, who became a 5th century Queen of Persia.
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NAVIDPersian-BoyShortlist
TARANPersian-Shortlist
ANOUSHPersianSweet Disposition, Sweet Tempered
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AramPersianHigh; exalted.,
Father of a multitude,
Quiet
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DarehPersianWealthy
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CasparPersianWealthy man.
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KasparPersianKeeper of the treasure; Caspar (sometimes known as Gaspar) is said to be the name of one of the Three Magi who traveled from afar to find the baby Jesus.
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ValaPersianChosen
The only one
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CyPersianMaster; lord.
Sun. Throne. The short for of Cyrus.
Master; lord.,
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HesterPersianStar, myrtle leaf; Esther was a young Hebrew woman in the Bible who married the Persian ruler Xerxes and risked her life to save her people.
Star; myrtle leaf; variant of Esther,
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HestiaPersianGoddess of hearth and home,
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AmirPersianPrince, commanding,
Strong, powerful,
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SimaPersianTreasure
Face,
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GitaPersianSong; Pearl.
Song,
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MinaPersianResolute protector; feminine variant of Wilhelm
The gemstone, lapis lazuli
Starling. Heaven. Glass.
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AZUREPersianBluish Color
Sky-blue
Sky-blue.,
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CameliaPersianEvergreen tree or bush with white or red roselike blossoms known for their beauty and fragrance,
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LilacPersianBluish
Lilac
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SorayaPersianName of a constellation
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TalaPersianWolf,
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MandanaPersianName of a Persian princess
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MANELINPersianPrince of princes
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MANTREHPersianPure
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NICKANPersianGoodness of grandparents
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PANIZPersianSugar
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AdishPersian-BoyShortlist
PARMIDAPersianPrincess
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ArashPersian-BoyShortlist
SanamPersianIdol
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ARIABODPersianTibe leader
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SHAWDIPersian-GirlShortlist
ASHOPersianPure of heart
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SIYAMAKPersianMan with dark eyes
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BABACKPersianLoving father
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SIYAVASHPersianOwner of black horses
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BARBODPersian-BoyShortlist
SORENAPersianTribal leader
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BijanPersianA name from Persian mythology, character in Shahnameh
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TAHMORESPersianStrong and wild dog
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EstherPersianBoyYesShortlist
FARSIRISPersianPrincess
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JasminPersianA flower name from the older form Jessamine.
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JasminePersian-BoyShortlist
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