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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Islam mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Islam

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  • A submission from Illinois, United States says the name Islam means "The religion islam; being religious" and is of Unknown origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Is"lam
  1. The religion of the Mohammedans; Mohammedanism; Islamism. Their formula of faith is: There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.
  2. The whole body of Mohammedans, or the countries which they occupy.

Etymology: Ar. islām obedience to the will of God, submission, humbling one's self, resigning one's self to the divine disposal. Cf. Moslem

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran ("Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion")
  2. The civilization of Muslims collectively which is governed by the Muslim religion ("Islam is predominant in northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Indonesia")

Notable Persons Named Islam

Islam Slimani is a soccer player for the Sporting Clube de Portugal, JSM Chéraga, CR Belouizdad, Algeria national football team, and Algeria A' national football team. Islam was born on June 18th, 1988 in Algiers, Algeria.


Islam Karimov is a President of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Uzbekistan, 1st President of Uzbekistan, President of theUzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, and First Secretary of theCommunist Party of Uzbekistan. Islam was born on January 30th, 1938 in Samarkand.


Islam Feruz is a soccer player for the FC Aktobe, Celtic F.C. Reserve, Youth squads, Chelsea F.C. Reserves, Academy, Chelsea F.C., OFI Crete F.C., Blackpool F.C., Hibernian F.C., Scotland national under-16 football team, Scotland national under-17 football team, and Scotland national under-19. Islam was born on September 10th, 1995 in Somali, Somalia.


Islam was born on October 27th, 1991 in Makhachkala.


Islam Shah Suri was royalty. He was most active from 1545 to 1554. He passed away on November 22nd, 1554.


Islam was born on August 1st, 1982.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Islam

Jesus was born as the child of Mary in Islam in 7 in Bethlehem.


Abraham was given the name ابراھیم in 2510 in Ur Kaśdim. Abraham is also known as خلیل اللہ and Abraham. He passed away in 2335.



Kazi Nazrul Islam was a poet, short-story writer, song composer, novelist, playwright, essayist, and bengali poetry. Kazi was born on May 25th, 1899 in Churulia, Bengal Presidency, British India. He died on August 29th, 1976.


Ishmael was born as the child of Abraham in Islam and Hagar in Islam in 2016 in Palestine (region).


Jacob is also known as Yaʿakov.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1975 6 0 6
1976 6 0 6
1977 7 0 7
1978 5 0 5
1979 6 0 6
1980 5 0 5
1981 8 0 8
1982 7 0 7
1985 7 0 7
1986 16 6 10
1987 10 0 10
1988 8 0 8
1989 18 11 7
1990 28 7 21
1991 19 8 11
1992 16 0 16
1993 27 9 18
1994 16 0 16
1995 25 7 18
1996 22 5 17
1997 32 9 23
1998 26 9 17
1999 36 13 23
2000 27 8 19
2001 28 7 21
2002 16 6 10
2003 16 6 10
2004 9 0 9
2005 10 0 10
2006 15 0 15
2007 8 0 8
2008 21 6 15
2009 24 6 18
2010 16 0 16
2011 21 5 16
2012 20 0 20
2013 19 0 19
2014 15 0 15
2015 14 0 14
2016 14 0 14
2017 11 0 11

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Popularity of Islam as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Islam U.S.
  White 3.43% 64.26%
  African American 3.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 87.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.49% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.33% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.09% 16.26%

Of Last Name Islam

People with the last name Islam are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Islam

  • How Popular is the name Islam? Islam is the 13,699th most popular name of all time. As a last name Islam was the 3,354th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Islam have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 660 babies born with the first name Islam in the United States. That's more than enough people named Islam 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 Islam? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1975 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Islam first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Islam is Friday, January 7th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Islam born? The highest recorded use of the first name Islam was in 1997 with a total of 23 babies.
  • Random Islam Factoid: According to the 1990 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Islam is not a popular baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, only 7 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1990.
  • Weird things about the name Islam: Your name in reverse order is Malsi. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aislm. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Islam? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,670 people with the last name Islam.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Islam? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Islam as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.