45 Similar Arab / Christian Names

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Did you know that the bible and Qur’an contain a lot of similar names that are still being used worldwide today? Well, below are a collection of all that I can find around the web.

  1. Aaron / Harun
  2. Abel / Habil
  3. Abraham / Ibrahim
  4. Adam (pronounced eh-duhm) / Adam (pronounced ah-dumb)
  5. Adel / Habil
  6. Alexander / Iskandar
  7. Cain / Qabil
  8. Caleb / Kalab
  9. David / Daud
  10. Eber / Hud
  11. Elijah / Ilyas
  12. Elisha / al-Yasa
  13. Enoch / Idris
  14. Eve / Hawwa
  15. Ezekiel / Hisqul
  16. Ezra / Uzair
  17. Gabriel / Jibrail
  18. George / Jirjis
  19. Goliath / Jalut
  20. Isaac / Ishaq
  21. Isaiah / Shaya
  22. Ishmael / Ismail
  23. Jacob / Yaakob
  24. Jesus / Isa
  25. Jethro / Shoaib
  26. Job / Ayub
  27. John / Yahya
  28. Joseph / Yusuf
  29. Jonah / Yunus
  30. Joshua / Yusha
  31. Lot / Lut
  32. Mary / Miriam
  33. Moses / Musa
  34. Michael / Mikhal
  35. Nebuchadnezzar / Bukht Nassar
  36. Nimrod / Numrud
  37. Noah / Nuh
  38. Peter / Petra
  39. Rachel / Rahil
  40. Samuel / Shamwil
  41. Saul / Talut
  42. Seth / Shi
  43. Shelah / Saleh
  44. Solomon / Sulaiman
  45. Zechariah / Zakaria
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15 thoughts on “45 Similar Arab / Christian Names”

  1. Arab/Christian names? Just for your information, this are all HEBREW names, that Christianity and Islam took from the Jews. So be fair enough to mention this. It is not sefficient just to write that those names came from the bable. Most of the names you have mentioned are used by Israelis or Jews around the world.

    1. Not Hebrew. They are Aramaic, and other languages. Only few are. Ishmael ,for example, is the Hebrew form of the original Ismail. Idris is not Hebrew ,it is Arabic … etc.

    2. It’s common names between Muslims, Christians and Jews … by the way what is Israel? Where is this country?

    3. (1) Perhaps you do not know the story. Abraham had two sons: the older, Ishmael (with Hagar,) the younger, Isaac (with Sarah.) Moslems are decedents of Abraham through his firstborn son. It is inaccurate to say that the name of Ishmael’s father belongs only to Isaac and his decedents.

      (2) Christians and Jews and Moslems all adhere to the same holy book, the source of these names. Jews call it the Torah, Moslems call it the Tawrat, Christians call it part of their “Old Testament.”

      (3) Perhaps you were raised in a Jewish home and therefore believe that if you, a Jew, grew up with these names read to you and talked about, then the names must be Jewish. Moslems and Christians grew up the same way.

      (4) Also, Christian names are names often given to babies during Christian baptisms, and derived from saints, i.e. St. David. (Saints are hold men and women written about in the Bible or who adhered to God’s teachings after the Bible was written.)

  2. israeli girl

    you are right that`s why we are all brothers.
    i am an arab christian myself.
    all these names came from the holy bible

    1. No, man … she is not right. They hate Muslims and Christians. They hate Jesus. They killed him!! WTF?!!!

  3. God created Adam, then Noah, then Abraham, them Moses, them Jesus, and lastly Mohammad. Jews do not like the idea that the last Prophet is not one from among them and he is an Arab, a rival nation! There is no rivalry in religion. I am Turkish, but believe in an Arabic religion! I also believe in Moses and Jesus, who are not Turks! This is no matter of nationality, as Jews claim! The mistake Jews make is that they wrongly believe that anyone must be Jewish to be a true prophet! Jews also consider themselves different from Nazis, but their acts are similar! Jews are racist, and this is what causes them to lose!

  4. Torahbiblekoran – please have your facts correct. They are ignorant and you contradict yourself with them when you say there is no religious rivalry.

    Israeli girl – you are right – many of these names are Hebrew in root.

  5. Look, who ever wrote this is no doubt a muslim. The name John is tanslated into Yohana by Arab Christians. Yahya is found in Quran. Sorry Charley…you lose

    1. I think you might be mistaken. The Arabic translation for John is يوحنا. which has been transliterated into many different English spellings.
      (When you want to convert words from a language which uses a different alphabet than your own, you must try to approximate the sound of that word using your own alphabet. This is called transliteration.)

      By the way, just some FYI, there are many Christians who speak Arabic.

      In their prayers and services, God is, of course, often mentioned. And, since they speak Arabic, they say the sound “Allah” when talking about their Christian God, as Allah is simply the literal Arabic translation for the name God, (the father of Abraham.)

      I mention this because so many people I talk to believe that Allah is a separate god. In older movies, i.e. “Lawrence of Arabia,” they simply translated “Allah” into English. This avoided confusion. I have noticed that in all current movies and TV shows, they do not do this.

  6. I am a christian but having a discussion with a Muslim about baby names.. and I was told that he would not want a son of him to have a name like Joshua.. but is alright for him to be named the arabic version of Abraham which is called Ibrahim. Can someone please tell me what the big issue is.. thanks

    1. Shakespeare asked the same question—What’s in a name? Names often reflect identity, values, ties to ancestors, culture, who you “belong” to, who your people are. Or, in the case of Abraham v. Ibrahim, who they are not. For me, names without a heritage and family history attached to them are rootless, floating things. More and more babies are being given names of celebrities, or worse, given made up names because they sound pleasant.

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