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Origin and Meaning of Jafar

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  • A user from Iran says the name Jafar means "It is the name of 6th imam of muslims.".
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Jafar is of Arabic origin and means "Holy water".
  • A submission from Norway says the name Jafar means "Stream" and is of Arabic origin.
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  1. Indonesian terrorist and Islamic militant who commands the Laskar Jihad; uses violence to achieve political ends (1965-2000)

From Arabic جَعْفَر (jaʿfar).

  1. A transliteration of an Arabic and Persian male given name.

Notable Persons Named Jafar

Jafar Panahi is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. His ongoing career started in 1988. Jafar was born on July 11th, 1960 in Mianeh (Iran).


Jafar Sharif-Emami was a Minister of Foreign Affairs and List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Iran. His most notable accomplishments were from 1978 to 1978. Jafar was born on September 9th, 1910 in Tehran. He died on June 6th, 1998.


Jafar Iqbal was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1972 to 1991. Jafar was born on September 25th, 1950 in Gulshan Thana. He passed away on April 27th, 1991.


Jafar Pasha al-Askari is a Prime Minister of Iraq.


Jafar Khan is a monarch. He holds the title Vakil e-Ra'aayaa وكيل الرّعايا, 50, (Representative of the People), and 50px. He was most active from 18 to 18.


Jafar Tursumbaevich Irismetov is a soccer player for the FC Oqtepa, FC Dustlik, Panathinaikos F.C., FC Chernomorets Novorossiysk, FK Dinamo Samarqand, FC Spartak Moscow, FC Slavia-Mozyr, FC Anzhi Makhachkala, Pakhtakor Tashkent FK, FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, FC Kairat, FC Alma-Ata, FC Aktobe, and Uzbekistan national fo. Jafar was born on August 23rd, 1976 in Yangibozor, Tashkent Region.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Jafar

Mir Jafar is a monarch. He holds the title Nawab of Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Shuja ul-Mulk, Hashim ud-Daulah, Ja'afar 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Mahabat Jang, NawabofBengal, BiharandOrissa(Nawab of Bengal), Shuja ul-Mulk (Hero of the country), Hashim ud-Daulah (Sword of the state), and Mahabat Jang (Horror . His career lasted from 1757 to 1757.


Abu Mohammad Ismail Isma'il ibn Jafar is a religious. He holds the title az-Azbab-i-Itlaq, Al-Wafi, and az-Azbab-i-Itlaq (Absolute lord). Abu was born in Medina.


Badr was born on August 9th, 1979 in Emirate of Sharjah.


Majid Jafar is an energy sector.



Mustapha Ben Jafar is a President of the Constituent Assembly, Minister of Health, Presidentof theConstituent Assembly, Secretary General of Ettakatol, Democratic Forum for Labour, and Liberties. Mustapha was born on December 8th, 1940 in Tunis. Mustapha is also known as Ben Jaafar and Mustapha.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1975 5 0 5
1977 7 0 7
1978 9 0 9
1979 11 0 11
1980 17 0 17
1981 6 0 6
1982 5 0 5
1983 10 0 10
1984 6 0 6
1985 7 0 7
1986 9 0 9
1987 7 0 7
1988 8 0 8
1989 10 0 10
1990 9 0 9
1991 6 0 6
1992 7 0 7
1993 13 0 13
1994 33 0 33
1995 14 0 14
1996 17 0 17
1997 12 0 12
1998 13 0 13
1999 10 0 10
2000 13 0 13
2001 17 0 17
2002 17 0 17
2003 11 0 11
2004 13 0 13
2005 15 0 15
2006 20 0 20
2007 10 0 10
2008 18 0 18
2009 20 0 20
2010 19 0 19
2011 18 0 18
2012 18 0 18
2013 15 0 15
2014 21 0 21
2015 17 0 17
2016 19 0 19
2017 15 0 15
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Where is the name Jafar popular?

International Interest for Jafar

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Popularity of Jafar as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jafar U.S.
  White 46.62% 64.26%
  African American 9.91% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 33.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.76% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jafar

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

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Fun Facts about the name Jafar

  • How Popular is the name Jafar? Jafar is the 15,422nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Jafar was the 47,706th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jafar have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 547 babies born with the first name Jafar in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jafar to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jafar? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1975 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Jafar first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jafar is Sunday, July 7th, 1895.
  • What year had the most people named Jafar born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jafar was in 1994 with a total of 33 babies.
  • Random Jafar Factoid: According to the 1994 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jafar 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 1994.
  • Weird things about the name Jafar: Your name in reverse order is Rafaj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Afarj. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jafar? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 444 people with the last name Jafar.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jafar? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jafar as their last name since less than 1 person in 667k 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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