34 Iranian Names for Boys

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34 Iranian Names for Boys

Last update: 13 September, 2022

For those who are trying to decide on an original way to name their children, this list of Iranian names for boys may be the solution you’re looking for!

Iranian names have different origins. Iran, the country born in the territory occupied by the former Persian Empire, is a nation of great cultural diversity. For this reason, in the 20th century, it changed its name from Persia, which was only representative of a part of its population, to Iran, which means ‘country of the Aryans’.

Thanks to this conglomerate of different ethnographies (Persians, Kurds, Arabs, among others) precious names are born in the Persian or Farsi language, the official language of the country.

For this reason, we’ll find Iranian names that are translations of Biblical, Arabic, Christian, Assyrian, and Armenian names, to name a few.

Here’s the complete list!

Iranian names for boys in alphabetical order: from A to K

  • Achmed: is of Arabic origin and means ‘highly praised’.
  • Aladdin: means ‘he who has the most faith’. It’s the name of the protagonist of the story Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, from the Persian compilation of The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.
  • Alborz: of Persian origin, it means ‘the highest’.
  • Arash: means ‘bright arrow’.
  • Azzam: is of Arabic origin and means ‘determined’.
  • Babak: means ‘little father’.
  • Bahadur: refers to a ‘combat’.
  • Bahram: masculine name that in the Persian language means ‘to win the people who resist’.
  • Behnam: means ‘honorable man’.
  • Casper: a variant of the Persian name Jasper, meaning ‘king of treasure’.
  • Cyrus: derived from the Greek Κυρος -Kyros or Kyrios, meaning ‘lord’.
  • Darius: derived from the Old Persian word Dārayavahush, meaning ‘the one who supports good’.
  • Faruk: an Arabic name meaning the one who ‘distinguishes between good and evil’.
  • Gaspar: comes from gazbar or kansbar, meaning ‘treasurer’ or ‘steward’.
  • Jahan: means ‘earth and universe’ in Persian.
  • Jasper: means ‘treasure bearer’. It’s a variation of Gaspar.
  • Javed: a masculine Persian name meaning ‘forever’.
  • Kaveh: translates as ‘of royal origin’.
  • Xerxes: an Old Persian name meaning ‘ruler’ or ‘heroes’.
A Persian mother holding her son.
Iranian names have different origins, such as Persian, Kurdish, or Arabic, due to the great cultural diversity of the country.

Alphabetical list of Iranian names for boys: L to Z

  • Mirza: means ‘noble’, in Persian.
  • Nadir: name of Arabic origin meaning ‘beloved’.
  • Nasir: this name comes from the Arabic word meaning ‘helper’.
  • Navid: refers to the one who ‘brings good news’.
  • Paiman: means ‘promise’.
  • Parviz: in the Persian language, it means ‘luck’.
  • Rashid: a name of Arabic origin meaning ‘true faith’.
  • Sargon: an Iranian name meaning ‘sun prince’.
  • Senen: the name of a king of Persia.
  • Shahin: refers to shaheen, a peregrine falcon.
  • Shaman: this name is believed to come from the Persian word shah, which means ‘king’.
  • Shahnaz: means ‘proud ruler’.
  • Shapur: in the Persian language, this name refers to ‘son of the king’.
  • Usamah: a name of Arabic origin meaning ‘feline predator’.
  • Xerxes: a variant of Xerxes.

The great kings of Persia: Cyrus, and Darius

Undoubtedly, among Iranian names for boys, two magnificent kings of Persia stand out. Learn all about them!

Cyrus II, the Great

In the 6th century BC, Cyrus ruled what was the largest empire ever seen, stretching from the Mediterranean to present-day Pakistan.

This Persian king went down in history thanks to his conquests, but also for his respect for the customs and religions of the peoples that the Persians annexed, as well as for his rejection of slavery. His decrees engraved on the Cyrus Cylinder are considered the first written document on Human Rights:

“I, Cyrus, king of the world, just and great king, king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkadia, king of the four corners… When I entered Babylon peacefully… I did not allow anyone to intimidate the Sumerians or Akkadians… To all the cities, I restored their gods and gathered all their people and returned them in freedom to their places of origin.”

-Cyrus Cylinder. Translation-

The empire created by Cyrus lasted 200 years, until it was conquered by Alexander the Great.

Darius I, the Great

A stone carving of Darius.
Darius is one of the most popular names in Iranian lands. This is due to the ancient king, Darius I, the Great, who ruled the Persian Empire until 486 B.C.

Belonging to the same dynasty as Cyrus, Darius ruled the Persian Empire at its peak, between 521 and 486 B.C.

Darius promoted the organization of the empire and, like his predecessors, encouraged religious tolerance. He also had the same ambition for expansion, and during his reign, Thrace, Macedonia, and part of India were annexed. However, this led to the defeat of Marathon against the powerful Greek army.

Want to see more boy names?

If you like names from the Middle East, you’ll surely find the perfect one for your baby in the list of Iranian boy names!

But, if you still have time to explore other alternatives, on our site, you’ll find hundreds of names with their origin and meaning.

For example, if you’re interested in a character from history, you can learn all about Alexander; on the other hand, if you prefer a foreign name, perhaps Mateo is your best option.

In any case, we recommend starting this task of finding a name for your child early on and making sure that you’re well convinced about your choice. Don’t forget that this gift will last a lifetime!

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