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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Farah

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  • According to a user from Sri Lanka, the name Farah is of Unknown origin and means "Cheerful".
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Farah is of Arabic origin and means "Happy".
  • A user from Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan says the name Farah is of Arabic origin and means "It means joy".
  • A submission from Bangladesh says the name Farah means "Believable" and is of Arabic origin.
  • A submission from India says the name Farah means "Joy" and is of Arabic origin.

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Wiktionary

From Proto-Germanic *farhaz, whence also Old English fearh

  1. A pig
  2. A piglet

Notable Persons Named Farah

Farah Khan is a choreography, film director, actor, television presenter, choreographer, and actress. Farah was born Farah Khan on January 9th, 1965 in Mumbai, India. Farah is also known as Farha Khan.

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Her most notable accomplishments were from 26 to 1967. Farah was born on October 14th, 1938 in Tabriz.

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Farah Naaz is an actor and actress. She was most prominent from 1980 to present. Farah was given the name Farah Naaz Hashmi in Hyderabad.

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Farah Khan Ali is a jewelry design, gemology, jewellery designer, and gemologist. Farah was born as the child of Sanjay Khan on December 28th, 1969 in Mumbai.

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Farah Zeynep Abdullah is an actress. She was most active from 2010 to present. Farah was born on August 17th, 1989 in Istanbul.

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Farah Fath is an actress. She was most active from 1999 to present. Farah was given the name Farah LeeAllen Fath on May 1st, 1984 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Farah

Jamie Farr is an actor. He was most active from 1955 to present. Jamie was given the name Jameel Joseph Farah on July 1st, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, U.S.

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Mo Farah is an athlete. Mo was born on March 23rd, 1983 in Mogadishu.

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Robbie Farah is a rugby player.

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Joseph Farah is a writer. Joseph was given the name Joseph Francis Farah on July 6th, 1954 in Paterson, New Jersey, United States.

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Kenza Farah is a hip hop music and contemporary r&b singer-songwriter and artistic director. She has had major accomplishments since 2006. Kenza was born on July 8th, 1986 in Béjaïa.

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Nuruddin Farah is a novelist, essayist, professor, and essay. Nuruddin was given the name Nuuradiin Faarax on November 24th, 1945 in Baidoa.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1960 19 19 0
1961 12 12 0
1962 14 14 0
1963 13 13 0
1964 11 11 0
1965 7 7 0
1966 13 13 0
1967 10 10 0
1968 19 19 0
1969 30 30 0
1970 21 21 0
1971 20 20 0
1972 36 36 0
1973 35 35 0
1974 47 47 0
1975 78 78 0
1976 173 173 0
1977 174 174 0
1978 66 66 0
1979 62 62 0
1980 72 72 0
1981 79 79 0
1982 72 72 0
1983 60 60 0
1984 82 82 0
1985 77 77 0
1986 75 75 0
1987 92 92 0
1988 96 91 5
1989 121 114 7
1990 90 90 0
1991 89 89 0
1992 70 70 0
1993 101 101 0
1994 74 74 0
1995 77 77 0
1996 85 85 0
1997 84 84 0
1998 94 86 8
1999 110 105 5
2000 92 87 5
2001 92 92 0
2002 130 130 0
2003 134 129 5
2004 122 117 5
2005 116 111 5
2006 137 130 7
2007 126 118 8
2008 140 140 0
2009 135 129 6
2010 156 151 5
2011 164 164 0
2012 183 178 5
2013 166 166 0
2014 161 152 9
2015 177 172 5
2016 157 157 0
2017 151 143 8

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Popularity of Farah as a first name

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Popularity of Farah as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Farah U.S.
  White 42.13% 64.26%
  African American 48.33% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.99% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.36% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.28% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.91% 16.26%

Of Last Name Farah

People with the last name Farah are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Farah

  • How Popular is the name Farah? Farah is the 3,744th most popular name of all time. As a last name Farah was the 5,203rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Farah have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,099 babies born with the first name Farah in the United States. That's more than enough people named Farah to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Farah? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1960 when it was given as a first name to 19 new born babies.
  • When was Farah first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Farah is Saturday, March 24th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Farah born? The highest recorded use of the first name Farah was in 2012 with a total of 178 babies.
  • Random Farah Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Farah is not a popular baby girl's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Farah: Your name in reverse order is Haraf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fahar. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Farah? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,718 people with the last name Farah.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Farah? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Farah as their last name.

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