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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Mahathir

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  • According to a user from India, the name Mahathir is of Sanskrit origin and means "Maha = Big or great in Sanskrit Eg: MAHA-atma Ghandi Maha means great Atma means soul So his name means Great Soul ' Ghandi' Thir is most-likely also of Sanskrit origin meaning to run, flow or spread. The word 'rith' also exists in other Proto-indo-europian languages. Eg Riti in Old Irish means Run/flow. This is also similar to the Middle English word rith mean a stream. Rithus has a similar meaning in latin. Therefore the name Mahathir most likely means 'great-flower/runner', its Sanskrit meaning is basically someone who does not give up and keeps running or flowing".
  • A user from Singapore says the name Mahathir is of Unknown origin and means "Mahathir has 2 words. Mahathir means big or huge. Thur means brave.".
  • A submission from Bangladesh says the name Mahathir means "Good" and is of Arabic origin.
Other origins: Aramaic, English, Indian (Sanskrit), Maori, Muslim, and Urdu,Indian

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Alt. Meaning

M is for mystery, the part of you that cannot be explained.

A is for adaptable, whenever things change

H is for hope, the encouragement you give.

A is for assertive, a great leader

T is for treasure, that of your friendship.

H is for handy, the helpful you.

I is for intellect, your high capacity for knowledge

R is for rational, the way you think.

Notable Persons Named Mahathir

Mahathir bin Mohamad is a Prime Minister of Malaysia, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Minister of Finance, Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Defence, Minister of Trade, Industry, Minister of Education, 21st Secretary General ofNon-Aligned Movement, Ministry of Finance (M. Mahathir was born on July 10th, 1925 in Alor Setar, British Malaya.


Mahathir Azeman is a sports team member for the Home United FC.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Mahathir

Mukhriz bin Mahathir is a Malaysian Deputy Minister of International Trade, Industry, UMNO Youth Exco Member, UMNOYouth Exco Member, and Kedah State Legislative. His career lasted from 2013 to 2016. Mukhriz was born on November 25th, 1964 in Kedah.


Marina binti Mahathir is an activist and columnist. Marina was born as the child of Mahathir Mohamad and Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali on May 11th, 1956.


Mohd Fazrul Mahathir is a sports team member for the Sarawak FA.


Fun Facts about the name Mahathir

  • How unique is the name Mahathir? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Mahathir was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Mahathir: Your name in reverse order is Rihtaham. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Thairham. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Mahathir born Mar 26, 1980

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Bulgaria approximately on 775. Your profession was sailor and shoemaker.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. Your lesson - to learn discretion and reason and then teach others to do that. Your life will be happier, when you help those who lack reasoning.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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