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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Safa mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Safa

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  • A user from Morocco says the name Safa is of Arabic origin and means "Purity".
  • According to a user from Tunisia, the name Safa is of Arabic origin and means "Serenity,Purity,Clarity".
  • According to a user from Australia, the name Safa is of Persian / Iranian origin and means "Friendship, kindness, purity".
  • A submission from Australia says the name Safa means "Fineness, Fairness, Serenity, Clarity, Lucidity, Purity" and is of Arabic origin.
  • According to a user from Pennsylvania, United States, the name Safa is of Arabic origin and means "Pure".
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International Interest

Notable Persons Named Safa

Safa Khulusi was a linguist, writer, poet, journalist, translator, lexicographer, historian, linguistics, and lexicography. Safa was born on August 17th, 1917 in Baghdad, Iraq. He left this life on September 8th, 1995.


Safa Al Hashem is a businesswoman and politician. Safa was born on September 5th, 1964 in Kuwait.



Safa Abdulla Al Geabury is a businessman. Safa was born Safa Abdulla Al Geabury on June 5th, 1963.


Safa Giray was a politician. His career lasted from 1991 to 1991. Safa was born in İzmir. He left this life on June 20th, 2011.


Safa Jabbar is a soccer player for the Zakho FC, Al-Mina'a SC, Naft Al-Janoob, Iraq national under-23 football team, and Iraq national football team. Safa was born on August 5th, 1993 in Iraq.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Safa


Peyami was born in 1899 in Istanbul. He passed away on June 15th, 1961.


Zabihollah was born on May 7th, 1911. He passed away on April 29th, 1999.


Muhammad Jaber Āl Safa is a historian, writer, poet, and politician. Muhammad was born in Nabatieh.


Saman Safa is a soccer player for the PAS Tehran F.C., PAS Hamedan F.C., Sanat Mes Kerman F.C., and Foolad F.C. Saman was born on September 12th, 1984 in Tehran.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1978 8 8 0
1981 6 6 0
1982 7 7 0
1984 9 9 0
1985 6 6 0
1986 10 10 0
1987 12 12 0
1988 12 12 0
1989 9 9 0
1990 17 17 0
1991 18 18 0
1992 13 13 0
1993 24 24 0
1994 24 24 0
1995 29 29 0
1996 26 26 0
1997 28 28 0
1998 33 33 0
1999 31 31 0
2000 48 48 0
2001 46 46 0
2002 79 79 0
2003 61 61 0
2004 58 58 0
2005 66 66 0
2006 61 61 0
2007 68 68 0
2008 65 65 0
2009 75 75 0
2010 67 67 0
2011 74 74 0
2012 98 98 0
2013 85 85 0
2014 92 92 0
2015 104 104 0
2016 102 102 0
2017 129 129 0
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Safa

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Safa as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Safa U.S.
  White 71.46% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 11.13% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 10.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.66% 16.26%

Of Last Name Safa

People with the last name Safa are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Two or More Ethnicities

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Fun Facts about the name Safa

  • How Popular is the name Safa? Safa is the 7,520th most popular name of all time. As a last name Safa was the 43,651st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Safa have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,700 babies born with the first name Safa in the United States. That's more than enough people named Safa to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Safa? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1978 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Safa first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Safa is Sunday, February 19th, 1893.
  • What year had the most people named Safa born? The highest recorded use of the first name Safa was in 2017 with a total of 129 babies.
  • Random Safa Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Safa is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 8 babies in California have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Safa: Your name in reverse order is Afas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Safa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Safa? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 494 people with the last name Safa.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Safa? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Safa as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k 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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