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in the U.S.
since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Arif

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     Indian (Sanskrit)

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  • A user from Georgia, United States says the name Arif means "Acquainted. Knowledgeable. Devotee.".
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International Interest

Notable Persons Named Arif

Arif Zakaria is an actor. Arif was born Arif Zakaria on November 11th, 1966 in Mumbai.


Arif Mardin was a record producer and music producer. Arif was born on March 15th, 1932 in Istanbul, Turkey. He breathed his last breath on June 25th, 2006.


Arif M. Naqvi is a founder, group ceo of the abraaj group, the abraaj group, and group ceo ofthe abraaj group. Arif was born on July 13th, 1960 in Karachi.


Arif Lohar is a musician. He plays Chimta.


He was most active from 2015 to present. Arif was born on November 23rd, 1971 in Uganda.


Arif Erdem is a soccer player for the Zeytinburnuspor, Galatasaray S.K. (football), Real Sociedad, Turkey national under-21 football team, and Turkey national football team. Arif was born on January 2nd, 1972 in Istanbul, Turkey.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Arif

His military service ended in 1987. Khalid was born in 1930. Khalid is also known as خالد محمود عارف (Urdu).


S. M. Arif is a badminton coach. S. was born on January 29th, 1944 in Hyderabad.


Iftikhar Arif is an urdu poetry. Iftikhar was given the name Iftikhar Hussain Arif on March 21st, 1943 in Lucknow.


Taslim Arif was a cricketer. Taslim was born on May 1st, 1954 in Pir Ilahi Buksh Colony. He left this life on March 14th, 2008.


Samsul Arif is a soccer player for the Persib Bandung, Persikaba Blora, Persibo Bojonegoro, Persela Lamongan, Arema Cronus F.C., Indonesia national under-21 football team, Indonesia national under-23 football team, and Indonesia national football team. Samsul was born on January 14th, 1985 in Bojonegoro Regency.


Teuku Nyak Arif was a Chief of Sagi XXVII Mukim, Member of the People's Council of Aceh, Member of the People's Representative Council of Aceh, Member of the People's Representative Council of Sumatra, and Governor of Aceh. Teuku was born on July 17th, 1899 in Ulèë Lheuë. He left this life on May 4th, 1946.


How popular is the baby name Arif in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1968 8 0 8
1969 7 0 7
1973 9 0 9
1974 10 0 10
1975 7 0 7
1976 15 0 15
1977 10 0 10
1978 14 0 14
1979 7 0 7
1980 14 0 14
1981 10 0 10
1982 13 0 13
1983 16 0 16
1984 11 0 11
1985 11 0 11
1986 15 0 15
1987 18 0 18
1988 14 0 14
1989 14 0 14
1990 15 0 15
1991 18 0 18
1992 9 0 9
1993 15 0 15
1994 14 0 14
1995 14 0 14
1996 13 0 13
1997 17 0 17
1998 17 0 17
1999 17 0 17
2000 16 0 16
2001 17 0 17
2002 17 0 17
2003 17 0 17
2004 16 0 16
2005 12 0 12
2006 16 0 16
2007 21 0 21
2008 15 0 15
2009 12 0 12
2010 7 0 7
2011 10 0 10
2012 16 0 16
2013 10 0 10
2014 13 0 13
2015 12 0 12
2016 10 0 10
2017 7 0 7
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Arif as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Arif U.S.
  White 12.91% 64.26%
  African American 3.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 77.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.89% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Arif

People with the last name Arif are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Arif

  • How Popular is the name Arif? Arif is the 14,311th most popular name of all time. As a last name Arif was the 16,662nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Arif have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 616 babies born with the first name Arif in the United States. That's more than enough people named Arif to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Arif? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1968 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Arif first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Arif is Tuesday, March 15th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Arif born? The highest recorded use of the first name Arif was in 2007 with a total of 21 babies.
  • Random Arif Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Arif is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Arif: Your name in reverse order is Fira. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Irfa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Arif? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,719 people with the last name Arif.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Arif? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Arif as their last name since less than 1 person in 172k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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