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Do I Have to Change My Name When I Convert to Islam?

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I am a Hindu girl born and raised in Kuwait. I have been exposed to different cultures growing up and that has instilled in me a lot of religious tolerance. I am also very familiar with Islam and have chosen to marry my best friend - a Muslim.

I have accepted to convert to Islam and my question is - Do I have to change my name if I convert? My name means "moral" and I believe if your name is does not go against Islam you do not need to change it?

- Nita from Kuwait


Dear Nita,

Congratulations on your decision to embrace Islam. Try to keep it in your heart that this is something you are doing for Allah, so that your intentions will be pure and you can enter into Islam with an open heart. Congratulations also on your decision to marry your friend. I assume your families have already approved?

You are correct about the name. Your name, Nita, apparently means, "guided, correct, modest."

In light of this, it is not required to change it.

See this article on for more information:

New Convert: is Changing Name Necessary?

However, I think there are advantages to changing the name even if it is not required:

  1. It reminds you that in embracing Islam, you have purified your soul and begun a new way of life, with a new commitment to Allah, leaving behind your Hindu beliefs and practices.|
  2. You can choose a name that embodies the qualities that you want for yourself, or you can honor a great woman from the Qur'an or one of the Sahabah (companions of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him).
  3. You don't have to deal with questions from people who are confused about the disparity between your name and religious identity. But this last point is the least important by far.

The choice is entirely yours. No one should pressure you or make you feel guilty about changing your name.

Do Not Change the Last Name

It's important to note that you must not change your family name (your last name).

The Qur'an says,

"Call them by (the names of) their father's, that is more just in the sight of Allah..." (Al-Ahzab 33:5)

And the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) emphasized this by saying,

"He who knowingly attributed his fatherhood to someone other than his real father will be excluded from paradise." (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood)

This applies equally to converts and to women who are marrying, since assuming the husband's name upon marriage is not an Islamic custom.

See this article on for more information about the Islamic naming system in general:

The Naming System in Islam

If any readers have some additional advice for this questioner, feel free to post your comments below.

"(O Allah), Guide us to the straight path; The path of those whom you have favored; Not those with whom you are angry; Nor those who go astray."

Best regards,

- Wael Hesham Abdelgawad, Editor
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194 Responses »

  1. As-Salamu 'Alaykum,

    I am a recent revert to Islam. My mom asked me a few days ago if I had a new name. At the time I did not, but the question started me to thinking about it. My fathers name is Robert Robertson, would Abdul Rahim Khalil ibn Robert be acceptable in as much as not changing the fathers name? Thank you.


    Abdul Rahim

    • Sorry, I was just updating this post and I noticed your comment from many months ago. I'm sure you've made a decision by now, but for the benefit of other readers I'll answer.

      The answer is yes, Abdul Rahim Robert would be fine, or Abdul Rahim ibn Robert, or Abdul Rahim Robertson. Personally I favor Abdul Rahim Robertson because it is consistent with both Islamic tradition and American custom and it allows you to keep the same last name as your family.

      However, why are you inserting "Khalil" in the middle? This is not correct. The name "Abdul Rahim Khalil ibn Robert" implies that your father's name is Khalil, and your grandfather is Robert. We do not have in Islam the custom of inserting random middle names.

      Let's say you go with Abdul Rahim Robertson, but you want your children to have an Islamic last name. No problem, your children can take Abdul Rahim as a last name and that can become the new family name for your Muslim descendants Insha'Allah.

      • I want your help on my question please im in a very bad condition :'(

        • i am imran syed from saudia arabia.dear i am very happy for u to convert to islam.god bless u...i have suggest a name for u ..ayesha is the best name for u and i hope u will be like it inshaallah

          god bless u,,,,


  2. I am a Hindu girl from Britain. I have learnt quite a few things about Islam from my friend of 3 years and am familiar with a lot of day to day things. My question is regarding marriage to this friend. I am a non-muslim female and he is a Muslim-Sunni.
    If we were to marry, would our marriage only be accepted if I converted to Islam? I have though about this a lot and have accepted that our children would have to be raised as Muslims, as children have to follow their father's religion - but can I be his wife without converting?

    • Tina, if a Muslim man wants his marriage recognised Islamically, he can only marry a Muslim, Jewish or Christian woman.

      Have you considered converting to Islam? Do you know that there are many similarities between Islam and Hindusim and that the coming of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) was predicted in the Hindu Scriptures? : )

      Tina - check out this website...

    • Salam,

      Im a muslim women and a fashion designer by profession. i have decided to marry a man who is a renowned designer in my country. He just accepted Islam by God's grace.
      Now the question is that his name is Shivaji and when I asked him to change his name, he said that he does not have a problen with it but he is such a renowned designer here, his name has been published in international magazines and he has been written about almost everywhere and everyone knows him by his non muslim name only. And that he cannot change it on paper. Please suggest something that can work in both ways. Im in a fix and i dont know what to do.

      • Tehreem, my advice is that he make the change gradually. For example he could add a second name, such as Shivaji Saleh (for example), then gradually begin emphasizing the Muslim name and dropping the first name. Ultimately, however, the man's faith is more important than his name.

        Wael Editor

      • Wa Alaikum as Salam,

        Although he can change it gradually, it is extremely important that he changes it because Shiva is the name of a Hindu god and it does not befit a Muslim to keep such a name.

        He can probably publicize his new name, whichever he chooses. Consider the South African cricketer Wayne Parnell. He announced his reversion to Islam and it was also in the news that he would choose Waleed as his name. He can do a similar thing. But if he chooses to keep his faith as secret for sometime for whatever purpose, he may change his name officially, when he chooses to announce his faith in Allah. Otherwise, he should not be called Shivaji.

        Muhammad Waseem Editor

  3. I am very soon to revert to islam and marry a muslim man, i do want to change my name who chooses my new name, am i permitted to choose it aslong as i pick a muslim name with good meaning? Also how do i change my name? please help me thank you

    I hope to hear from you soon

    • dear , i suggest a special name for you.ayesha is a special name for.and i hope inshaallah u willl be agree with this name.god bless u...jazakallah

  4. Assalaamalaikum....just wanted to know if a non muslim marries a muslim, than is it compulsory to change the name of a non muslim to muslim name.for ex non muslim names are like..Jai,Sunil,Prasad...etc

    • Shaheda, please read the answer given above and click the links to read the articles mentioned, particularly this one:

      New Convert: is Changing Name Necessary?

      • walaikum salam. dear shahida its is must to change the name of non muslim if they marry with if he dont want to change full name so its no problem for example,kabeer johnson,yaseen robert.first name is must muslim name and if the second name other so its no problem. thanks

  5. assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullhi wa barakhatahu!
    i have a question, If you have a child out of wedlock and you both are not muslims,and now you revert(Al hamdu lilah).Can the chid inherit from the father or mother.
    you can reach me at
    may ALLAHU TA ALAA reweard you with jannah tu furdos

  6. a new revert...
    i found the meaning of my name "mahesh" to be "great ruler"----not sure
    is ter any problem in it or should i change it...
    i would like to change my name as muhammad shaheed or shahid...
    how can i add "mahesh" to it...any help....
    or any other name tat would suit along with "mahesh"....ur advice please...thanks

    • Mahesh is named after Shiva, a hindu god of death and destruction. Suggest you change it and move towards something that points towards the God that Abraham worshiped.

  7. Asalaam Alakium
    I am converting to islam soon and I wanted to know if
    Ali Akbar Cuba is a well name. I been studying about the prophet
    Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and islam

  8. A.A
    I have a question regarding my husband for two years. I am born Muslim and he is a Christian. He is open minded and okay with my beliefs. He agrees if we have kids they can be Muslim. At this point in his life he is not sure if he can be Muslim due to pressure from his mother. His name is Felipe meaning friend of horses. Is that a good meaning?would he have to change his name if he converted? I am just hoping it would take some pressure off him. He stills need dawa so maybe he will change for he was willing to when we met.

    • Khadija, if that is indeed the meaning of the name Felipe, then I see nothing wrong with it. He would not be required to change it if he does not wish to.

      Your marriage to a Christian is another matter. It is not allowed or recognized in Islam.

      • It has been a while since I last wrote in here. Yes I believe I had lost my way in Islam. When I had decided to marry him two years ago it was a quick decision based one getting to know him so he can stay in this country (paperwork). Recently, Felipe became Muslim and decided to go with the name Yusuf because of his first name (Joseph) and we got married in the Islamic way with the imam present yesterday. ( first real proper wedding) it was very quick and within short notice but I feel blessed to have it. My question now is that Yusuf agreed to be called Yusuf because it's his first name Joseph which was his father's first name. He does not know his father or wish to and prefers to like his second name. So after being a Yusuf he said he doesn't like it because it his fathers and he prefers to keep the name Felipe. Is he required to be "called" by a Muslim name? Is there a translation or equivalent Muslim name for Felipe? Can he convert only his first name and leave the the second unchanged? What is a good name for him that goes with my name "khadija"? Also I have changed my last name to his and it's not Muslim name. Is that wrong? Should I add my fathers name ?

        • Khadija, As-salamu alaykum,

          1. The name Felipe means "lover of horses." There's nothing wrong with that meaning and he can keep that name if he likes. I can't think of any Arabic version of it, maybe one our readers can. However, he should not have any negative association with the name Yusuf. He shouldn't think about his father that he never knew, but about the Prophet Yusuf (pbuh) who was a great man. There is a chapter named after him in the Quran. Let him read it and think about the honor of the name Yusuf.

          2. You should not change your last name. It is not our custom in Islam for the wife to take the husband's last name. You should keep your own family name.


    • The one who wants to convert to islam willingly does not care what people say...your husband's mom is putting a lot of pressure on him but he is no longer a kid....he can be muslim in his can go against his parents when it comes to following islam. If your husband wants to become muslim only to marry you then he will not be considered As muslim..he should feel that islam is the religion of truth..
      If he converts to islam considering that this is the true religion then only he can convert to islam
      And stop living with your husband until he becomes a muslim willingly cuz your marriage is unaccepted according to islam
      ..and it is haraam(prohibited) to marry a non muslim man

  9. A.A
    I am a born Muslim and married to a Christian for two years. He is agreed if we have kids they can be Muslim. I am waiting to get properly married after he converts To Islam and then to have kids. He is being pressured by his mother so until he sees her he will be unsure to change. In the beginning when we met he was willing to convert. His name is Felipe meaning friend of horses. Is that a good meaning? Will he have to change his name? His last name is Santos and it's from his mothers side. It means saint and has the same meaning as my previous last name mian. But I changed my last name to his. And they both mean the same thing. Is that ok? He still needs dawa and inshallah will accept to believe in Allah although he agrees in the story I think it's the title of being a Muslim that scares him since he mother is a Newly very religious Christian.

    • @ khadija,
      hi, i tried posting a comment earlier but i guess it din't go through. i wanted to know if u still have ur husbands last name or ur dad's.
      i m in a similar situation as your's!

  10. Dear Sir,
    My friend is Hindu and he has decided to convert into a Muslim. I am a Muslim girls, and I am going to marry him after he reverts. His name is Produth Singh, Produth means a ray of light and singh means lion. Is this name accepted by Islam? All his previous certificates which he achieved has this name, that's why he does not want to change his previous name. Please comment on it as we are in a dilemma. Thank you.

  11. Hi i was born a muslim and got married to revert. i am now divorsed from this person.

    we have a son and his name is Ashley Jamal Rahman McMillan. I want to get re married but my my finacee is concern about my son's name and believe he needs to change his name as he his concerns are that my son may not be accepted as a muslim afterlife. My son is brought up as a muslim, i have taught him some of the sura's and he is still learning.

    Does my son have to change is name at all? Do i need to change his 1st name Ashley Jamal? Do i need to change his last name Rahman McMillan (Rahman is my family surname and McMillan is my ex husband family surname) from what i read before the surname does not need to cahnge is this correct? My finacess would like my son to have his family surname and he would like to remove my son biololgail fathers suname McMillan, will this been seen as wrong or right?

    • [Ahzab 33:5] Call them with their fathers’ names – this is more suitable in the sight of Allah; and if you do not know their fathers, then they are your brothers in the faith, (and your cousins as humans) and your friends; and there is no sin upon you for what you did unknowingly in the past – however it is a sin what you do with your heart’s intention; and Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.

      The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Allaah has cursed the one who claims to belong to someone other than his father."

      You Son' won't be accepted as a Muslim if he "does" change his name... those are the rules for fathers and children... the child must keep his fathers name. If it is changed then it is Heraam.

      Your Fiance' is wrong to want to change the boys name to his, that would be against Islamic Law.

  12. hi,

    my husband recently converted to islam, however some family members want him to change his name. Is the name sonny which means son acceptable in islam as this is his name and he would like to keep it.


  13. i want to marry muslim guy and he is pressurising me to change my first name. but i want to retain my first name. i told him i would take up his surname after marriage but to no avail. could you pleas etell me the meaning of 'pritika' if there is any? and how can i make him understand that my name is my identity, is me, changing it would be losing myself?

    • Pritika, are you Hindu or Muslim? If you are Hindu then it is not lawful Islamically for him to marry you. If you are Muslim then don't worry about the name. From what I can see from a quick internet search, "Pritika" means beloved or favorite. There is nothing wrong with this meaning, so there is no need to change it if you do not want to do so. Also, you do not have to take his surname. Islamic custom if for the wife to retain her own surname.

  14. Assulamalikkum

    Iam an Hindu ,and Iam comitted to an perfect Muslim boy Abdul usman woheid.....

    woheid is my Father-in -law...

    we have decided to chenge my name to Rasha Woheid........
    Plz give some suggestions..........and Bless us.

    • A. Indhu Sree, usually I tell people to log in and write their question as a separate post, but yours is very easy and I can answer it in a few seconds. Are you converting to Islam? Is that why you are changing your name? In any case you should keep the family name (your surname), even if it is a Hindu name. Family ties are important in Islam. As for the name Rasha, it's a nice name, there is no problem there if you want to change it.

      Wael Editor

  15. assalamualaikum will u plz help me in knowing that do a girl change her last name after marriage if she wishes to join her husbands name with her name is it right in islam????????????? plz help

    • hamayal, in Islam it is not our custom for the wife to take the husband's name. That is a Western custom and goes back to the days of Christian rule when the wife was considered to be the husband's property, like his horse or his sword. In Islam the wife is not the husband's property, she is an independent human being with the right to own her own property or business, and her own identity. If you look at the wives of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the sahabah, they all had their own names and identity, for example Aishah bint Abi Bakr (ra), not "Aishah Muhammad" or "Aishah Abdullah".


  16. I have converted to Islam and i would like to retain my name Kalpesh as this is my identity given to me by my parents and am known by everyone as kalpesh both socially and professionally. I am married to a muslim girl.

    • Salaams,

      Firstly congratulations on reverting to Islam.

      Your name has the following meaning;

      The name Kalpesh comes from the Indian word which means, "Lord of perfection." It also stems from the hindi word which means, "the lord shiva is also called Kalpeshwar."

      Thus, this name would not be suitable as only Allah is worthy of such a title.

      i understand that your parents gave you this name and so on. Nevertheless you have embraced Islam and therefore ought to assign a new name to yourself to go with your new identity. You are essentially the same person, although with the potential to enhance your good qualities greatly in being a Muslim. And being a Muslim is one's whole identity, as it is a whole way of life.


  17. The honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that for a Black man, Latino, or any other member of a group of people in North America whose identity was stolen from them by the atrocities of white imperialism, it is necessary for them to change both names and especially the last. For us to keep the name of our oppressors would be an insult to our dignity and humanity.

    • Brother Zahir, no doubt Elijah Muhammad's intentions were good, but his advice conflicts with the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah of our Prophet Muhammad bin Abdullah (peace be upon him), the final Messenger to all humankind. Children are to be named after their father or family, and that name should not be changed, because to do so is to deny the link to one's parents.

      So if someone is named Roger Jones, and his father is Ron Jones, by changing the "Jones" he severs the link to his father, and that is not acceptable in Islam. Islam stresses the importance of family ties, and honoring one's parents, even if they are not Muslims.

      So Roger Jones could change his name to (for example), Ahmed Jones. Then when he has a child he could name him (for example) Abdullah Ahmed, thus preserving the tradition of naming a child after his father or tribe. Now a new family name has been created, "Ahmed", and the transition to an Islamic heritage is complete, without every denying one's ancestry.

      I realize that a lot of converts do not follow this tradition, because they are not aware. However, this is the correct way in Islam.


      • wa alikum salam,

        this is partially incorrect. we have studied the matter and last names of blacks in america go back to slave owners not family, taking fathers first name as last name or picking islamic last name or name of city you were born in his more correct.

        fiamanillah lil karim

        • Read my comment carefully. I'm not talking about the last name, but the father's name. The father's name was not given by a slave owner.


  18. I am in the process of learning and considering reverting. My first name is Anthony and was wondering if I need to change it? I actually like my name and it means "priceless, flourishing, flower" or "Worthy of praise" depending on where you look for it. Also, it is an old testament name. As it is a biblical name, do I need to change it?

  19. Salam,

    My Hindu friend Sanjay converted to islam and i a born muslim married him..we changed his name to Kabeer...he doesn't practice islam nor use his changed name. I was not ready to use his hindu name with my son's name and with my name so i legally added Kabeer with my son name as his father and also with my name as my husband (which he doesn't accept)....

    But i read that we can not change one's father name no matter what...

    we have so many differences and i want to take divorce but he is not ready for divorce nor completely accepts islam...
    please suggest what should i do about my son's name and about my marriage.


  20. Iam an Hindu ,and Iam comitted to an perfect Muslim boy
    we have decided to chenge my caste and name

    But my question is my name in marks card ,I D card is Pavithra.M,after marriage i can change my name & caste
    also .after that for my identification .what records can i submitt of proof.

  21. I am wondering about my last name... "Dabbs"... would I use this particular name or does it change to something else? I have chosen my first name as "Aisha" to honor the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) wife

  22. peace be upon her as well

  23. hello
    im farah from iran, but at this moment living in india, my sponser is my lover , we are planing marry with each other, he is converted to islam, my country need certfication about his muslim being, i want know he has to change his name?
    i dont like he change his identity, i need him as hisseld, with his real name, pls guide me.

    best wishes, farah.

  24. As Salaam Alaikum,

    I recently converted to Islam from Christianity. I am married to a muslim man and I took his last name when I married. Now that I am muslim, do I need to change my name?

    • You don't have to change your name unless it has some negative or un-Islamic meaning. Also note that it is not our custom in Islam for the wife to take the husband's name when marrying. Some Westernized Muslims do it, often out of ignorance of Islamic teachings, but it is not the way in Islam. The wife should keep her own family name.

      Wael Editor

  25. I am a hindu, and i want to marry a muslim girl, She wants me to convert to Islam, as she cant marry a hindu, I also Love Allah and like Islam Religion and am fully aware about the Islamic way of living. My Name is Mayur which means Peacock, I dont think that needs to be changed, Can you suggest me any name to be added to my existing name to prove my muslim identity.

    Do my kids need to have a muslim name, or they can have my surename as there surname and a nutral name as there first name, as I want there name to be westernised. Please help

    also can my wife add my name ie Mayur to her name....

    please advise......

  26. hello my name is sara , i come from iran. I am going to marry my afghani boyfriend of 6 years .. Ive been known him since i was 14 ... And i truly love him and i know he loves me too. I have to become muslim to merry him, but my mum doesnt alowed me to change religiioun and his mum doesnt alowed him to become christain. Im confeused..!!

    • Sara, a Muslim man is allowed to marry a Christian woman. So neither of you has to change your religions. But it may not be a good idea. What religion will the children take? If you choose to convert to Islam, your mother cannot stop you. No one can prevent you from accepting Islam if it's your choice. Sometimes we must choose truth, no matter what anyone thinks.

      Wael Editor

  27. Assalm Wallikum....

    I am thinking of converting to I love Allha and have deep love and respect for him....

    But I dont wish to change my name and surname...

    my name is Mayur.....and also I wish to have my childrens name to have my name and surname.

    Can I convert to Islam and keep my Name and it acceptble for Muslim community...

    My wife who is a muslim....can keep her original name....which is her Identity

    please advice......

    • Is Mayur your first name, or surname? If it is your surname then you must keep it, as we do not change our surnames.

      I looked up the name "Mayur" on a few websites. Mayur means "peacock" in Sanskrit. By itself there is nothing wrong with this name. It is not un-Islamic in any way, and therefore there would be no problem in keeping it. However, the name also has some significance in Hindu mythology. The peacock is one of the sacred and highly sanctified birds of Hindu mythology. In Hindu teaching, a mayura also serves as a conveyance of the god Kartikeya. Krishna is generally depicted with peacock feathers adorning his head. Further, feathers of mayura are considered sacred and are used to dust the religious images and implements of Hindus.

      Because of all this, I strongly suggest changing it to a Muslim name. You could change it to something very similar, for example Mansur. However, this is ultimately a minor issue and should not be a deciding factor in your decision to convert to Islam.

      Wael Editor

  28. Hello sir, One of my friend is a Hindu girl and she wants to get converted into Islam to get married to a Muslim guy, who also happens to be my friend, but she is not aware of the fact of changing names and now when she came to know about it she is not ready to accept it as she feels that it would take away her whole identity. Sir I have read your answer regarding Nita's(kuwait) queries and would like to inform you that her name is 'Aparna Datta'. Sir please let me know what should be done in this case.

    Yazdaan from India

    • Aparna means literally "leafless" and refers to the "goddess" Parvati, also known as the Leafless One. According to Hindu mythology, to make penance for a wrong she committed, Parvati went into the forest and performed meditation naked in the harsh winter, hence the name Leafless One.

      Because this is the name of a false god, it is not an acceptable name for a Muslim. If she converts to Islam she should change it. However, she should keep her family name or surname, regardless of the meaning, as the connection to the family is highly valued in Islam and must not be severed or denied.

      You can find some names for Muslim girls here:

      Muslim Girls Names -

      Wael Editor

  29. Hey
    I am considering becoming a Muslim and I am aware that you may change Ur name depending on what it means and I have seen somewhere that my name "Dylan" means "son of the sea" or "the great sea" but I also read on the same page that it was used in welsh mythology as the god of the sea.
    Can someone please tell me will I have to change my 1st name.
    I wasn't given a middle name by my parents is it suitable in Islam for me to just get a middle name and keep my 1st name?
    I like the names "Samir" & "Ali" so if I had to change my 1st name and get a middle name I was thinking "Samir Ali"

    • Dylan, that's very exciting, welcome to Islam. It will be the best decision of your life, Insha'Allah. I did a little research and found that, as you said, the name Dylan is derived from the Welsh words "dy" - "great" and "llanw" - "sea". Dylan was a character in Celtic mythology who took on traits of a sea creature, but he was not a god. However, Wikipedia indicated that there's some speculation that the mythological character may have represented the "remnants" of a god, whatever that means. But since that's simple speculation and is so obscure, I would say don't worry about it.

      We don't really "make up" middle names in Islam. Generally the first name is your given name (Dylan), middle name would be the father's name, and last name would be your family name or grandfather's name. If a convert wants to change his name, it would be the given name. So you have the option of keeping your first name, or changing it, and it's really up to you.

      If you choose to keep your name as it is, then when you have children Insha'Allah, you can name them Samir and Ali, and from there will begin the Islamic naming influence in your family line.

      Ultimately the name is not the most important factor. You should choose Islam because you believe in the Oneness of God, and because it speaks to you, and you see the truth in it. The name is a minor issue.

      Wael Editor

      • Thankyou for your response and shedding light on the issue. Of course my name is just a minor issue but it was just one topic I need to sort out for myself.
        I know in my heart that there is one God and when I revert to Islam it will be with certainty and belief that Islam is the truth and my heart filled with love for God


        • The name Abdul Wahid comes to my mind when I read your post. It means 'Servant of The One'.

          Its your choice though of course : ). May Allah make this path easy for you, aameen.


          • Thank you SisterZ
            I will keep your suggestion in mind if I decide to change my name:)

            Wael, I have posted something on one of your other websites which was Islamicsunrays after reading a story that put a big smile on my face and a Sister gave me some much needed help and advice on my situation. She also said that I should speak to you. Wael, I ask if you would please read my post and give me some advice

            Kind regards

  30. My last name is an ancient roman pre christian name that means cross/crucifix. I know I need to change it. So, would it be Okay If I changed it to the arabic versions of my grandfathers first name and my fathers first name?

    • Interesting. I looked it up and found that there occurs no cross in early Christian art before the middle of the 5th century, where it (probably) appears on a coin in a painting. The first clear crucifix appears in the late 7th century. Early Christians usually depicted their religion with a fish symbol (ichthus), dove, or bread of the Eucharist, but never Christ on a cross. In fact, the Roman God Bacchus, the Wine God, who was equivalent to Dionysus of the Greeks, was depicted on a cross, in the same pose as Christ would be later on (when the Church would adopt the Cross). It is known that such depictions of pagan Gods in the early Greco-Roman world completely determined how Christ was presented. So the crucifix was actually a pagan symbol that was adopted by Christians.

      Still, you don't have to change your last name because it is your family name. But if you choose to change it then sure, taking your father and grandfather's names (even in Arabic) seems fine to me, because it maintains that family connection. That is consistent with the Islamic naming system. And Allah knows best.

      Wael Editor

  31. My name is Doris, by origin chinese and religion is roman catholic. Is it necessary by Quran that i have to change my name in order to marry a sunni muslim man.


    • Doris, according to a baby names website, "Doris' language of origin is Old Greek. It is predominantly used in English, German, and Greek. The name Doris means 'bountiful; of the Dorian tribe; from Doris; gift'. From doris which means 'bountiful' ; doron which means 'gift'. The name could be derived from the Greek element doris ('bountiful'), or else it could be from the name of an ancient Greek tribe, the Dorians, who lived in a region in central Greece called Doris. In Greek mythology, the name was borne by a minor goddess of the sea who was married to Nereus; their fifty daughters were sea nymphs known as the Nereids. The name was taken up by English speakers in the late 19th century."

      So I think there is no need to change your name if you don't want to. Although there was a minor "goddess" in Greek mythology who bore the name, that is not the primary etymology. Mainly, it simply referred to a region in Greece and people who come from that region.

      I do encourage converts to Islam to change their names, because I feel that it symbolizes the beginning of a new life, and a new faith. But it's not required. It's your choice.

      Wael Editor

  32. what about the name 'satish'? does this need to be changed? I've read it means victorious.

  33. As-salaam alaikum,
    My name is Andrea and I was thinking about changing my name to an islamic name. I do not believe my name is haram. It is of Greek origin and is said to mean strong or virile. My question is about my lastname. My mother did not give me my father's lastname, so does that mean that is I change my name or take on an attribute that I should change my lastname to my father's?

    • Andrea, whose last name do you have?

      Wael Editor

      • asalamu aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

        im writing u as a reply to this post cause my name in id is Andreea and the meaning is same like Andrea, i found out to be a greek name meaning "warrior" but they say its also a christian name cause the name of a discipole of jesus was Andrei(this is what christians believe). does this make my name christian as in do i have to change my name in papers too?? i did choose a muslim name but its not that easy to change ur name even in papers 😐

    • I have my mother's last name, which was her mother's las t name.

  34. As-salaam alaikum,

    i am recent revert and am slowing learning more about Islam. I was a hindu before and have a question about first name conversion. my name is "shweta" which symbolizes "pure / white". I have also read that it comes from a Sanskrit origin and has some connections with "saraswati" which is a goddess.
    I have the similar case as Nita (from Kuwait), where am getting married to my best friend who is a muslim. they have requested me to change my name and my parents are not OK with this.

    can you please advice what i could do? i don't want to hurt my parents and feel like if i changed my name they will feel as if i am leaving them and changing the identity they gave me. they are not entirely happy with my decision and hence want to ensure that i am not upsetting them even more.

    can i keep two first names ie: shweta and a muslim name? also can i keep my last / father's family name?

    • Shweta, wa alaykum as-salam. You should keep your last name (father's family name) as it is required in Islam to maintain the family connection. The last name should not be changed no matter what it is, even if it is un-Islamic.

      As far as your first name, it must be changed if it has some un-Islamic meaning. But if the meaning is good, then it's up to you to keep it or change it, as you prefer. Since it means "pure", I think the meaning is fine and if you like you can keep it. Though personally I think you should change it, as changing the first name symbolizes your new identity and faith. Your parents may be bothered, but they will accept it in time, Insha'Allah, especially when they see that you are still the same loving daughter.

      It's up to you.

      Wael Editor

  35. As-salaam alaikum,

    My girl friend's name is KRISHNA PRATHIBA, a hindu. She has agreed to embrace Islam however both of us against changing the name. Is it OK if we remove KRISHNA her first name and retain PRATHIBA. PRATHIBA supposedly means light (like Noor in Islam).

    Do we actually have to choose a proper muslim name or PRATHIBA can be retained. Please suggest.

    How do we go about convincing my parents on the name issue .


    • She should keep her family name. So if her family name is Prathiba, then she should keep it. If she drops the name Krishna (as she should) then she should choose a Muslim name; otherwise, what will be her first name? She cannot go around with one name only.

      Wael Editor

  36. asalamu aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    My name in id is Andreea and the meaning is same like Andrea. i found out to be a greek name meaning "warrior" but they say its also a christian name cause the name of a discipole of jesus was Andrei(this is what christians believe). does this make my name christian? do i have to change my name in papers too?? i did choose a muslim name but its not that easy to change ur name even in papers 😐

  37. Salam...can you please tell me does a person named jaspal needs to change name after converting to islam?I came to know it means "true friend"...please reply soon.thankyou very much.

    • If the meaning is not bad or un-Islamic, then then you do not have to change it. It's your choice.

      Wael Editor

  38. Hello. I have made many researches on internet but can't find much about my two names. They are Riccardo and Mark. Can you please tell me if I can keep them when I convert, if it is better to add another name and the meanings? I would like to keep these names if there are no problems. Thanks

  39. i was an hindu girl,my name was nivedita reddy.i convertd to islam after my marriage.its been 8 yrs. i believe in Quran.i am happy.i hav changd my name as nivedita ameer.(last name is my husband's name).i want to know is this name ok or shud i change.

  40. Hello,

    My fiance who is an American and named Craig, wants to convert to Islam, my religion. We were wondering if he has to change the name or its okay to keep it?

    Thank you very much

  41. Hi I have converted to Islam will be marrying a Muslim girl . Can I retain my name Jinish which means generosity or should I change it?? Do I need to change my surname

  42. Assalamu alalykum all,

    Welcome to Al Islam. May Allah bless and guide you life long and make the faith easy for you to practice.

    As far as name change goes, there is no compulsion to change your name if it does not go against Islam.

    If the name means something good, you may keep it, even if it is not a name popular among Muslims.

    If the name or surname mean something against Islamic principles, you should change them.

    If your name is fine and you still want to keep a Muslim name, you may consult a legal advisor aware of laws and ask for advice in the process of name change in your country which would then lead you to change name in passports, driving licence, bank accounts, important certificates etc.

    So you may do good as you like and chose the easy options, Insha Allah.

    May Allah be pleased with us while we are alive and when we die. Insha Allah, Ameen.

    Your brother.

  43. As-salamu alaykum

    My name is Devika Shukla, I am a hindu girl. I am commited to a muslim boy.

    (Remainer of question deleted by Editor)

    • Devika, Walaykumsalaam,

      If you look through Wael's articles on the Islamic Naming System on, you will find your answer there.

      For any further queries, please log in and submit your question as a separate post.

      SisterZ Editor

  44. Assalaam-Alaykum

    I recently converted over to Muslim-sunni...I wanted to kno
    How do I got about changing my name such as finding a name
    Etc. How does that works.

  45. Assalamualaykum.

    I am using my non-muslim husband's last name in the philippine passport but we are not together anymore for more than 6 years. Recently, I embraced islam here in dubai in Filipino community. I want to change my first name into Anniyah. Since he is a Christian and I already converted into Islam, can I use back the last name of my father again?

    Looking forward to your reply.

  46. Hello, my name is Roderick.

    It's meaning is; famous, mighty ruler.
    As much as I like it, it kind of seems that it puts you "above" Allah, with the whole mighty ruler thing.
    Perhaps not, but i'd love a reaction whether I should change or not when becoming muslim.

    Thanks in advance, Roderick

    • You don't have to change it, but I recommend that you do. Changing your name symbolizes beginning a new life, and it allows you to take a name of an honored Prophet or Companion.

      Wael Editor

  47. Hello Brothers and Sisters,

    I want to name my sons Jason and Vincent, is this permissible? I have looked up the name Jason and it says that

    "The name was borne in Greek Mythology by Jason, the great Thessalian hero who led the Argonauts in the quest for the Golden Fleece.

    The name is also found in the Bible, as the house of a man named Jason was used as a refuge by Paul and Silas.[6]"

    Can I give them these names?

    • I'm confused. Why wouldn't you give them Muslim names? Names such as Abdullah or AbdurRahman (the Prophet Muhammad sws said these are the best names) or names of the Prophets, or the Sahabah, or other Quranic names?

      Wael Editor

      • I was also planning on giving them names named after prophets such as Zacharias, Yusuf, etc. and give put all of their middle names as Muhammad. Will that be better? I think that is safer. The reason why I wanted to give them those names is because over where I live some people discriminate against Muslim names. I have been discriminated before and I am scared of what will happen to my own kids. But Abdullah and AbdurRahman both sounds very nice. Also if in the future I have a daughter I might name her Khadijah.

  48. hi ! am a christian wman and wanted to convert to islam. i am legally maried in my country but is separated. i have a boyfriend who is also a christian but he was married in christian church. if my boyfriend will convert to islam, can i marry him?

  49. asasalm walekum,

    ma frnd just married a Hindu girl does it compulsory to change her name he is Muslim her mane is latika .......................

    plz help him

    • faheem, her name is not the issue. A Muslim man is not allowed to marry a Hindu woman. Islamically the marriage is invalid.

      Wael Editor

  50. asasalm walekum,

    I am Christian and I am considering converting to Islam because of a friend that I met. We are going to be married and I have started to learn alot about Muslim religion and it has really opened my heart to embrace the beliefs.
    My mother in law says i have to change my name, but I think it will be a very big shock to my family who has already accepted my new beliefs, so I am not wiiling to do so.
    My name is Gabriela, is there any problem in keeping my name?
    Thank you

  51. hi, umm my friend is a muslim and she has 7 children- but most of their names sound spanish/english- is this okay?
    the kids names are:

    Please log in and submit your question as a separate post.

  52. Hi I'm Christian and my boyfriend is Muslim. I wanna change my name so bad due to personal reasons.

    (Sister, I have removed your comment and posted it as a separate post here:

    Please check there for replies Insha'Allah. - Editor)

  53. Hello I'm looking to revert into Islam and I have been told that I need to change my first name, my first name is Kelly. Would I need to change it? I have been told because it isn't an Islamic name this is why it needs to be changed, if I did have to change it would I have to change it on all my legal documents or could I still use my birth name on them?

    • Kelly, I do recommend changing the name just to symbolize the beginning of a new life. However, it's not actually required to change the name unless it has an un-Islamic meaning. I looked up the meaning of "Kelly".

      Wikipedia says,

      "In many cases Kelly is an Anglicisation of the Irish surname Ó Ceallaigh, which means "descendant of Ceallach". The personal name Ceallach has been thought to mean "bright-headed", but the current understanding is that the name means "frequenting churches", derived from the Irish ceall.[1] In other cases the surname Kelly is an Anglicisation of the Irish Ó Cadhla, which means "descendant of Cadhla".[2] The surname can also be derived from several place names. For example, the surname can be derived from two places in Scotland: Kelly, near Arbroath; and Kellie, in Fife. The surname can also be derived from a place name in England: Kelly, in Devon. This place name is derived from the Cornish celli, meaning "wood" or "grove".[3]

      "Bright-headed" is the most commonly accepted meaning. I don't see anything inherently un-Islamic in the meaning of the name, so you would not be required to change it.

      Wael Editor

  54. How long dose it take to convert? i wanna convert as soon as i can i am catholic but i want to convert to islam i am still in process of wich i am counceling a preist and an imam.
    i did not tell them i have a muslim girl friend they mite think shes the reason im converting, i wanted to be muslim before i met her i did not even know she was a muslim sunni, I loved Allah as my God since i was small. i have alot of questions in my mind and im worried also about trying marrying my girlfriend someday on how her family will accept me, i know in some muslim families they practice marrying cousins as my girlfriend family dose, im willing to earn her parents trust if i have to wait years. but i hope i am not distrupting any culture, i dont know how courting a girl or getting her parents trust for merriage works in islam.
    We both love each other truthfully purely and loyaly, anyway i mean no disrespect for catholic since i am still one but i hope i become a muslim sunni soon i love the rules and lifestyle's of islam i feel free and peacefull when i practice, and hopefully i think of a good name for me when i convert.

    • Dear Brother,

      SubhaanAllah! If you believe that there is only One Creator - Allah and He Alone is worthy of worship and that Muhammed (peace be upon him) is His slave and messenger, then you are already Muslim. As you say you were Catholic, it is imperative for me to mention, that a Muslim believes that all the Prophets from Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus (and the rest) including Muhammed - (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all) were not divine in any way, they were all human and were slaves of Allah.

      All that remains is for you to recite it verbally and you will insha'Allah learn the rest along the way: 'I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammed is His slave and Messenger'. Watch this video, you will learn how to say Shahaadah in Arabic:

      It is forbidden for a man and woman to have intimate relations outside of marriage. It would be best for you to tell you lady friend that you intend to become Muslim and that you no longer wish to have relations outside of marriage and that you wish to marry her. If you go to a good Masjid/Mosque God Willing the brothers there will teach you how to pray etc. Or if you so wish, we can help you here. Just let us know insha'Allah!

      SisterZ Editor

      • thank you so much, yes i truely believe in ALLAH he has answered my prayers and questions and has called me in my dreams, i believe that i was made to be a muslim.

        i love my girlfriend and i want both of us to searve ALLAH, but her mother wants her to marry her cousin, becouse her mom said cousins are trust worthy, i believe ALLAH will want a woman to be free and not be treated like this to be force to love somone else and end up in n unhappy life, i do not mean to disrespect or dearrange a culture or a belief but my love is pure i dont do sexual activities with her and i am very conservative, i never fantasise or think of other women, i dont find any other sexy woman attractive, im only attracted only to my girlfriend i have trained my self in loving her mentaly physicaly spritualy only loosing her is not an option. and i am willing to sacrefise my own happyness for her, we both believe ALLAH has let me and her meet each other i did not even know she was a muslim until i told her i want to convert, i will try to convince her mother first before i marry her, i want to proove i am worthy, and my intentions are pure and just, and i will never take her far away from her parents even after marrage. The more test i get in life the more my faith in ALLAH get stronger, i am guided by him and i truely believe me and her will be together somday. incase i ever lose her, i will be single forever and devote my hole life in ALLAH and spreading good to everyone people in this world. and she said she will do desame until we are both old.

        I have decided my name to be a servant of ALLAH my GOD
        Muhammad Abdallah Khan will be my name. im proud to be muslim!

        • Dear Brother,

          You have chosen a beautiful name.

          Do you live in the UK? If so, I may be able to try and put you in touch with brothers who can help you learn about how to practice Islam and on how to pursue this girl in a manner that is pleasing to Allah.


          • Sadly no i dont live in UK I live in the philipines, i apreciate ure offer alot i am also consulting an imam who is a friend of my teacher in school, i am still younge 18 same as my gf, most people tell me i am too mature on my age. and i do love her alot so many test has been put between me and her but we pray to ALLAH to help me and her and ALLAH realy listens and help us my faith always have grow strong at a time of sadness, my love for this girl is pure and just, i would never mistreat or make her upset i well spend my life making sure every second of her life she is smiling and happy, i plan that after me and her get married we will go to mecca we both have not been there and its a great honor to be there specialy with somone i love, want to share my happynes as a servant of my one only GOD ALLAH and i hope someday we will.

  55. my name is vamsi krishna, should i change my name after reverting to islam?

    • I do not know what 'Vamsi' means, but since 'Krishna' is well known to be one of the dieties worshipped by hindus, it completely contradicts 'the Oneness of Allah'. So I would say it is absolutely necessary that you change your name to something that represents your new identity as a Muslim.

      May Allah make this journey easy for you, aameen.

      SisterZ Editor

  56. My name is Natalie,
    i am looking into becoming muslim. I have been discusing it with my boyfriend who is muslim. I think i am ready to convert but the only thing holding me back is having to change my this a necessity?
    it just that is the name my parents gave me and i like it, and im not sure they would understand if i changed it and would take it the wrong way.

    • Dear Natalie,

      A google search tells me that 'Natalie' is the English form of Natalia, which is derived from the Italian "natale," meaning "birthday." The term refers specifically to Christ's birthday - the Italian phrase for "merry Christmas" is "buon natale!", literally "good birthday!"

      I dont know if there is anything wrong with your name, to me, if it means 'Chist's Birthday', I do not see anything wrong with it, as long as you do not associate it with Christmas and any false practices. But that is just my personal layman's opinion. Later on if you wanted, you could give yourself a Musim name as well as retain Natalie for your parents.

      In any case, changing your name is not necessary, unless it has a bad or unislamic meaning. And even if it does have a bad meaning, it is not important right now. What is important and most beautiful right now is that you want to accept Islam, SubhaanAllah. Don't let anything hold you back from accepting, acknowledging and worshipping your Creator.

      May Allah make this path smooth and make you successul in your tests to come, aameen.

      SisterZ Editor

      • Thankyou so much for your reply. If i did retain my name and have a muslim name too,which name would i have on my legal documents i.e passport, driving licence?

  57. assalamu alaykum, i am reverted into islam from christian and accept ALLAH to my whole life

    (Sherley, please log in and write your question as a separate post, thank you. - Editor)

  58. Assalamu Alaikum.
    I love someone who has been converted in islam from hindu. His name is Akshay Kumar. We are gonna be married very soon, but i am confused about his name. Is it ok to carry on same name as Md. Akshay Kumar? I also want to know about the certification of being newly muslim.

  59. Sir,
    Iam a hindu married to muslim.Should i change my name to muslim name?is it compulsory>iam feeling pressurised abt this,need not tell me about whether we married is right or wrong.pls let me know

    • vijaya, please log in ad write your question as a separate post, and give us more details. Let us know if you are male or female (I assume female since you ask about changing your name).

      Wael Editor

  60. Sir,
    Iam a hindu WOMAN married to muslim 12 years ago.
    .Should i change my name to muslim name?is it compulsory?
    The meaning of my name is Victory and does not depict any hindu god name.
    Please tell me if i have to change my name.
    iam feeling pressurised abt this,.pls let me know.

    • Sister I will give you short answer the question is are you still Hindu well if you are then your marriage is not valid islamicly so dosent matter you weather change your name or not . Muslim man cannot marry Hindu women it is forbidden in Islam. First make your marriage halal by converting then Marry again in Islamic way then think about name. 

  61. Assalamualaikum,

    I am planning to marry a woman who is going to convert to Islam. I've been trying to help her in selecting names, however I am unsure if her original name "Jean" is allowed to be kept?

    I've checked online and have found out that her name means "God is gracious". I do not believe it is of Christian origin but probably Hebrew. I am not so sure.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you and salam!

    • Umar, since the name Jean is apparently not un-Islamic in any way, I see nothing wrong with it. Beyond that, my advice is to be careful in your relationship with this woman. If she converts to Islam and is sincere in her desire to marry you, then marry her. But watch your boundaries and behavior with her. The name is not that important. Faith is what matters.

      Wael Editor

  62. My name Is Chera Lynn Alvarado. I shorten my name to Cher. In Urdu, this sound SHER means LION. I like this because I am born in month of JULY and so I am a LEO whic also means LION. I have heart like a lion, brave and strong and I am good leader like lion and therefore I really like my name.

    It is American custom to take husband's surname for our own. I know this is not true in Islam.
    But, i see many women take the first name of their husband as their last name.

    I question if this is good idea....because, if we are to keep the names of our fathers then we should not give ourselves our husbands name. but, i know also as women we want to feel connected with our family's and take upon ourselves a man's name.

    my soon to be husband Umer Hameed Hameed, wishes i take his name and become Chera Umer.
    If I so chose to take his name, how would I take it?
    would I become Chera Umer Alvarado? I know I must keep my father's name....
    also, I ask Umer if he wishes to give me Muslim name for my first name. He is undecided at this time. If I change the name, I am not sure is Sher counts as muslim name just because it is a word....

    I do not think i would mind being Sher Umer Alvarado, but, I want to do what is CORRECT in ISLAM.
    Already i am on my way to converting. My Umer is living in his country, and I am living in my country and we are discussing every day the things i must learn.
    This is a thing I MUST LEARN.


    • Chera, keep your name just as it is. You can change the first name if you choose, but it's up to you. However, you should not change the last name, nor should you take your husband's name as your middle name, as that would imply he is your father.

      Wael Editor

  63. I had a teacher was the wife of an Islamic scholar-Dr.Aamenah Bilal Phillips. They're both converts but she used to be known by the name Katherine.

  64. Hi. I am a Hindu and would like to convert to Islam with all my heart. My name means dear and I think it has not got any other bad meanings in other languages as well. Do I need to change my name after my conversion? Plz reply soon.

    Priya Rajeev

    • Priya, if you are correct about the meaning of your name than you do not have to change it. Congratulations to you for your decision to embrace Islam, and may Allah bless you and make it easy for you.

      Wael Editor

  65. Peace upon you,

    I believe in Allah and prophet Muhammed and have decided to accept islam. I always believed in one God. Do i need to change my name, it is Jatin ? I know this will cause upset for my mother. Please let me know asap.

    • Jay, wa alaykum as-salam. Jatin is one of the names of the Hindu god Shiva. As such it is an un-Islamic name and it must be changed. But don't let this be a deterrent to you. Don't worry about changing your name right now. That is a minor issue. The more important thing is to take your shahadah and begin practicing Islam. Start with learning the salat - the formal prayers five times per day. If you like you can keep your name as it is legally, and change it informally among your Muslim peers.

      Wael Editor

  66. assalamu alakum am married a hindu boy but my marriage was fully engaged with islamic religion he converted islam but his name was mohamed yaseen but his certificates all those things his name was saravanan but he cant change his name in offic he is an software engineer he said tht i would not change my name .my que was he change his with saravana yaseen is it possible pls reply

    • fenazir, he should change the first name and keep the family name. In any case, his faith is more important than his name. Did he convert to Islam sincerely? Is he praying? Fasting in Ramadan? If so, then that's what matters Insha'Allah.

      Wael Editor

    • Wa'alaykumsalam,

      And did you marry him 'after' or 'before' his conversion to Islam ? If its before, then your marriage is invalid and you have to do the nikkah now.

  67. walaikum salam dear fenazir..if you married before convert to islam so your nikkah is invalid in the law of islam.and if u married after islam so its no problem for you,,,so this is no matter and u can do this,,,inshaallah
    god bless u,wish u all the best..

  68. Assalam ualakum

    I like the names jasper and dhilan.

    I read that jasper is of persion origin and means the bearer of treasure. However, further research showed that it is the name of one of the wisemen who visited baby jezus but i'm not sure whether the wisemen in the Qur'an were named, let alone one of them to be named jasper.
    It is also the name of a gemstone.

    Dhilan has many variations and roots: gaelic, welsh, celtic, panjabi, french, etc.
    However, I recently discovered arabs also use the name. In fact there is a place in saudi arabia called dhilan fajr.

    I am about to be blessed with a son and would like to use one of the names but not sure which one would bode well for a moderate muslim/christian (wife) couple.

    I would be grateful for your opinion on this matter.



  69. Question... I converted to islam 4 years ago. I am now married with 1 daughter (Amira) and a son that will be born next month. My wife and I are have a debate over his chosen name. I would like to name him Robert Juan Randall. I chose his first name as Robert because it is remembrance of my brother who passed away many years ago. Keeping with our muslim faith we have chosen a nice muslim name for him. Is there any problem with this.

    Also to be noted. I am American and we split our time between Saudi Arabia and United States.

    • Malik, I'm a little confused by your question. How is Robert Juan Randall a nice Muslim name in keeping with your faith? Also, is Juan your father's name? I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the name Robert. According to Wikipedia it means "bright with glory" in Old German, so there's nothing wrong with it. I just feel like I'm missing some information here.

      Please log in and write your question as a separate post, and fill in the details, and we'll answer you in turn Insha'Allah.

      Wael Editor

  70. my name is suresh.. Can u tell me that if i need to change my name.. and if i do which name would be advisable

    • Suresh, I looked up the meaning of your name and it apparently means "Lord of the gods", which is a reference to Lord Vishnu. Since the meaning of the name contradicts the Islamic teaching of tawhid (the Oneness of Allah) then yes, if you are Muslim then you should change it. What you choose is up to you. Here's a list of Muslim boys' names and their meanings:

      Wael Editor

  71. salam!

    i am sarah amerol and reverted to islam 6 mos. ago.. i changed my name from kim caren to sarah but im still using kim caren in all my identification cards. all my license are stii kim caren and my problem is they are going to expire soon. when this happens do i need to change the name in my identification cards? how about all my legal papers? if im going to sign title of my house will it be sarah or kim caren?

    • Wa Alaikum as Salam Sarah,

      Welcome to Islam and may Allah accept your Imaan.

      Your old name does not have any indications to what is haraam in Islam. There is no harm in continuing the same name in your documents, in sha Allah. But if you can change it, it will be best.

      Abu Abdul Bari Editor

  72. Hi,
    I am a Hindu and getting married to my Muslim Friend. I will convert to Islam but is it necessary to change my name? Kindly provide an answer..

    • Assalaamualaikam

      If you are converting to Islam, be sure that you are doing it because you believe that there is no God but Allah and that The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His Messenger. Don't convert just for the sake of marriage.

      Regarding changing your name, I'd advise you to read through the advice already given about which names need to be changed.

      If you require additional advice, please log in and submit your question as a new post for publication, so it can be answered in turn, inshaAllah.

      Midnightmoon editor

  73. Hi Admin

    I am Muslim girl, and am in Love with Hindu guy...

  74. Hi...

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  75. Assalamu Ailaikum!

    I am a newly revert for 2months now, I have been in a long distance relationship with a muslim man from Sri Lanka and for long time I have been reading about Islam until I did shahada couple of months ago. I came from 99% catholic family. Previously I was married but got separatef for 4 yrs already however not yet annuled. My muslim bf said marriage from my previous non muslim husband is already considered void as per islamic belief. We are palnning to get married (nikah) when he arrives by July, Insha Allah. Am I allowed to marry him even not annuled legally from my past marriage. Philippines does not have divorce yet. Also can I changed my passport into my muslim name? Please shed light on me… Masha Allah!

    • Salaams,

      Islamically, a marriage to a non-muslim husband voids after 3 months. So if you've been muslim less than that, you are still considered married Islamically. It sounds to me like you are asking if you can marry this Sri Lankan brother legally? You cannot marry anyone legally unless you are divorced legally. If you are just asking can you marry him islamically while remaining legally married to your first husband, technically you can do that- but personally I don't advise it. It's better to end the first marriage completely in all aspects before taking on a new one. Just my opinion.

      As far as your passport, it can only contain your legal name. So if you've changed your name legally to something Islamic, then yes you can change it on your passport. Otherwise the answer would be no.

      -Amy Editor

  76. HI,

    Please, I have a question. I converted today morning to Islam and I choose my name as FARAH and wrote it in my application but when the certificate is done and checked what is written there, The woman type my name as FARHA which is totally has different meaning. My name is JOy and I wanted my name in Islam to be FARAH, my question is ho can I can change my name in the certificate? Please help me..

    Thank you,

    • Farah, take it back to the woman and ask her to change it on the certificate and in her records.

      Wael Editor

      • Thank you very much. I will go back tomorrow to the court and request her to change and correct my name. I will get back if ahe change the name or no.

  77. Assalaamu va alikum All my Muslim Brothers and sisters....

    my full name is Ramachandra Pokala. pokala is my parental name/ sirname/initial. i'am from India. i 'am a converted muslim. i would like to change my name as Rehman. how can i mix it with my real name?

    and in which below document's/ certificates i have to change my name ?

    SSC ,Bachler degree, Driving licence, Pan card, Adhar card, ooter Id card.etc.

    please give me suggestions, i'am eagerly waiting for your reply....

  78. Assalamualikum...i have few questions can u please tel me where should i log in ...i would like to ask u personally plz..

    • The link to register is on the right side of the home page beneath the Recent Stories. Create a post and write your question, and it will be published in turn, Insha'Allah.

      Wael Editor

  79. my name is prithivirajan, Its means king of earth.. if i convert to muslim, then should i change my name.? my name does not have any meaning of god..

  80. i am a muslim girl.. i am engaged with muslim boy. but i dont have interest to marry him. i ask my parents to stop this marriage. but they telling ons u got engaged with some one then he is ur half husband.. if u stop this allah will never forgive u.. IS IT TRUE.? pls tel me

    • That is not correct. There is no such thing as half husband in Islam. You have the right to break the engagement if you choose. Of course the boy's feelings may be hurt, but he will survive. It'so your life and your future. You must do what is right for you.

      Wael Editor

  81. my name is Prachi Dubey, Its means east direction.. i reverted to Islam from last 2.5 yeards, .. I made my name Aaliya khan myslef but no one knows .....should i change my name in documents ..kindly suggest .... Is my name does consist meaning of god..

    • You should keep the family name (Dubey) as we do not sever the connection to the family in Islam. So your name could be Aaliyah Dubey. "Aaliyah" means elevated or high.

      Wael Editor

  82. i want covert to Muslim do i need to change my name.

  83. Hi please help me im hindu girl and im going to convert my religion to muslim and im going marry the person i love he is muslim but my quesion is if i change my name then it is important to change my name on my certificates of board....if its important the how can i change them because im going apply job please give me rply...

    • Apparently the name Vijaya means victory. As such there is nothing wrong with it and you do not have to change it if you do not want to. If you do change it, it's ok if you change it informally among your friends only, without doing it legally.

      Wael Editor

  84. Assalama leikum

    I am a Muslimah and I am proud of the way my religion treats me.
    I am always grateful for Islam.

    Everything is fine and good, but the only problem is am not at all happy with one thing in Islam.
    That our beloved Prophet Mohammed s.a.w got married with 11+.
    Why did Mohammed p.b.u.h mary many wives ?

    I really love everything about Our beloved Prophet except this thing.

    Because of this, sometimes am getting confused, and so many thoughts are running in my mind bla bla..

    So please help me out and make my mind peaceful with your answer. Please please please.....

    • Assalamu Alaikum dear sister:)
      Never allow such doubts to enter your mind..It is Satan who puts doubts in our hearts because he's jealous.
      There is great hikmat in Prophets (peace be upon him )marriage to Ayesha radhi Allahu anha.
      Read this:
      Ayesha & Muhammad - The True Love
      Story for Eternity

      The Truth About the Age of Ayesha and Her Marriage to Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
      by Yusuf Estes

      Many things are being said about the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) these days. Some of the accusations are downright amazing and chilling even to consider someone would say it, much less be involved in this type of slander and smear campaign.
      Let's consider some of the questions and what facts really exist about these concerns. Let's set the record straight once and for all.

      A Brief Overview of Basic Facts

      What is the true historical evidence about the person life of prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)? What was his life style? What about his marriage to Khadijah (his first wife)? How did the offer of marriage to Ayshah really take place? Who made the offer? Was there any coercion or compulsion? What was her attitude? How did she reflect on it in later years? What did she have to say about it all? How did she feel about their love and intimacy?

      He was the most honest and fair of all the people living in his community. None was respected more for honesty, integrity, sobriety and humbleness.

      He had no bad habits and did not engage in drinking or relations with women, although it was common place amongst his people.

      He never took a girlfriend nor a mistress in his life and never even attended parties or the like at anytime in his life.

      His first personal encounter with a woman was his own wife, Khadijah, and that was for marriage. He was 25 years old and she was 15 years older (40).

      He was only married to Khadijah until her death at the age of 65 years old.

      There was a long time of mourning and sadness during which he was offered marriage to several women of their families.

      He did not accept the first offer of marriage to Ayshah when her father had come to him with the proposal, instead he married an older, large woman named Sawdah.

      Ayshah had been offered in marriage and engaged prior to being offered to the prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. That marriage never took place.

      When Ayshah was older, again her father offered her in marriage and the proposal was accepted.

      The whole family was happily involved and most elated in having the prophet of God as their close relative through marriage.

      Ayshah herself was very happy with this marriage as is evidenced by the hundreds of teachings she later related after his death (peace and blessings be upon him).

      Details of Clear Proofs and Evidences

      What is the truth behind of the age of prophet's wife, Ayesha?
      Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) did not go to Ayesha at all. There was only the offer of marriage, never anything less than this - and the offer was not from the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to Ayesha - it was from her father to the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

      Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) never had sex outside of marriage.
      First of all, let us be crystal clear about a very important subject. The prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) never had sex at all, until after being married, at the age of 25, to a widowed woman, Khadijah, who was 15 years older than he was.
      When his wife Khadijah died a number of people tried to encourage the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to take another wife and get married again. Ayshah's name was mentioned, but he chose to marry Sawdah, who was known for her big size.
      All of this is well documented and preserved in the annuls of Muslim scholars for fourteen centuries.

      How was Ayesha viewed by others at the time and throughout the history of Islam?
      She was highly respected as the daughter of Abu Bakr, a man known as "As-Siddiq" (The one who verifies truth). Abu Bakr was the life long friend of the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and the first man to accept Islam after revelation of Quran started.

      What was Ayesha like?
      Ayesha was very intelligent and brilliant in her mind and excellent in treatment of her parents. She was known to give full respect to her husband, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. She was once accused by some hypocrites of immorality, but in her innocence she did not even know what she was being accused of until her mother explained it to her. And it was Allah who cleared her name forever, by mentioning her purity and innocence in the Quran (Surah An-Nur chapter 24). She became the first of women scholars and teachers of Islam. No other woman narrated as many hadiths as Ayesha.

      Marriage offer first came from who?
      Khawlah (a Muslim companion woman), suggested the marriage of Ayesha to the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). He did not accept it.

      Who next offered her hand in marriage to the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)?
      Abu Bakr had offered his daughter in marriage to someone else prior to the offer made to the prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Abu Bakr sent his wife out to bring in his daughter to offer her in marriage to the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and then she returned back outside to play. The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did not accept even though it was very much the custom of the time to accept such an offer of marriage from someone as close as Abu Bakr was to the prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. There is an ayah in the Quran related to this topic, in Surah An-Nisa', chapter 4, verse 19 - telling us women cannot be inherited against their will. This was the first time for such a ruling in favor of women and it came about to protect women from the very thing people are now trying to accuse our religion of supporting. The truth bears out over the falsehood, in this case very clear.

      What did Allah reveal in the Quran about forced marriages and child brides (not old enough to be married)?

      "O you who believe, it is for not legal for you to inherit women against their will. And don't make it difficult for them so you can take from what you have given them (marriage dowry) unless they commit open immorality. And live with them in goodness (Al-Marufi). Because if you dislike them, it could be you dislike something and Allah makes in it a lot of "khair" (good)." [Noble Quran 4:19]

      How long before the next offer of marriage by her father to the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)?
      When Ayesha was a few years older, her father Abu Bakr, again had the mother bring her into the house to offer her in marriage to the prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did accept this offer made some years later, when Ayesha was old enough according to Islam (able to bear children).

      Was she now considered by Allah to be old enough for marriage?
      Yes. This time is was accepted and plans for the marriage were set in place. She tells us of the excitement, preparation and wonderful experience of her being offered and accepted in marriage to the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and their closeness and intimacy. All of this is described in the most beautiful context with nothing left out and yet nothing disgusting - only beauty and enjoyment as described in her own words. The lessons she taught have helped married couples in Islam to know what the limits are and how to share the most pleasure between a married couple in both physical and spiritual ways.

      Did she want to be married to him?
      Yes. She tells us this was exactly what she wanted all along. The hadiths (narrations by Ayshah) are very clear about all details and must be read in order to fully appreciate the fullness and completeness of their relationship together.

      How did she reply to her father's offer to the prophet, peace and blessings be upon him?
      She was very shy and said her silence was understood by her father that she was indeed, accepting the proposal for marriage. This is mentioned by her, along with other important information for Muslims to know about marriage proposals, dowry and proper ways to approach the father or guardian of a woman with the topic of marriage.

      What was Ayshah's status after marrying the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)? (A Brief Overview)

      No other woman was loved more by our prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

      He wanted to die with his head in her lap (and he did).

      They were in total love with each other the way everyone would love to be in love.

      Their romance is known to all of the Muslim world and how much they really enjoyed each others company - always.

      They planned on being together in Jannah.

      She never said a single bad word against her husband during his life, or after his death. Is there a woman living today who could compare to this great woman?

      What was the "norm" regarding the subject of marriage at the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and Ayesha?

      Actually, the people of Arabia had the custom of marrying off any of their girls at the age of the beginning of their monthly cycles.
      Even the Arch Bishop of Canterbury would not have been blamed for marrying a young girl back one hundred years or so as this was still accepted at that time.
      Consider the Catholic Church claims that Mary, may Allah's peace be on her, was married to Joseph before having Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) and her age was just a year or two older than Ayshah's age, but Joseph was mentioned as being in his 90's! (we do not have this story in Islam, because Mary is considered a true virgin and never married and never had other children except for Jesus Christ (peace and blessings be upon him).

      The marriage of Ayesha to Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is nothing less than the best love story ever written.

      Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet leaves much to be desired by comparison. Consider the contrast and be honest in your conclusion:

      Romeo and Juliet both were running around behind their parents back - with someone whom they did not approve of at all - their families were fighting each other in a feud and they forbid them to be together at all.

      Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was being offered the hand of the daughter of his best friend, Abu Bakr in a marriage environment. All of the family members were happy about this and had approved of the marriage.

      Romeo and Juliet had their affair in secrecy without the benefit of clergy (not married).

      Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and Ayesha waited until after marriage and even after a courtship period described in beautiful details by Ayesha herself.

      Romeo and Juliet both committed suicide. According to Judaism and Christianity as well as Islam - anyone who commits suicide will go to Hell forever.

      Ayesha and Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) both believed in One God - the God of the Jews and the God of Christ (peace and blessings be upon him) and they both preached a message of salvation through direct repentance to Almighty God.

      Above all, they will be together in the Paradise where they will live - happily ever after.

      Honestly - Which one is the true romance story?

      We pray to Allah to accept this humble effort to clarify misunderstandings and remove doubts some people may entertain regarding the relationship of two of the greatest personalities ever to come forth on this earth, ameen.

      Dear reader, thank you for taking the time to read and review this important subject and for keeping an open mind and heart regarding Islam's treatment of women and marriage in general and the relationship of our prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his wife, Ayesha. If you would like to know more about Islam ( or the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him ( or the status of Islam's women ( please visit our websites or look for other publications by the author.

  85. I am an American newly converted Muslim who is soon to be married.I wish to change my name legally, should I do so before I am married, or may it be done after?

  86. My name is Sital, can I keep this name or do I have to change it once reverted ?
    Thank you

  87. Good day!
    I'm a Christian before then last year I decided to convert to muslim and embrace Islam.. I was married with a Christian before and now we are separated without documents just verbally and I'm using his family name is it possible I can change my Christian name to Muslim name with my father's family name? And now I meet someone who's willing to marry me but the problem is my family name.. What will I do? Please give me an advice..
    Thank you..

  88. Good Day Brothers and Sisters,

    I Just read all the comments and reply but unfortunately i did not see the answer of my Question, I'm a Christian before and i decide to convert to muslim and embrace the islam..

    My Question is:

    1. If we are married under islam my name is (Ahmad Jhonson Delacruz) (Filipino) and my wife name (Rhaman Riza Martial) (Filipina) is this possible that we can stay together and nothing to worries about??

    Riza F. Martial (Christian Name)
    Jhonson C. Delacruz (Christian Name)

    2. If we have a baby (Insha' Allah) what it would be the surname of the baby example (Fahad Homber D. Martial) "D" is my surname, or (Fahad Homber M. Delacruz) "M" is the surname of my wife

    i hope this question will answer as soon as possible.

    • As-salamu alaykum brother Jhonson. Yes, you can stay together with your current names without any problem. If you have a child Insha'Allah, the first name would be whatever you choose - for example Fahad - second name would be your given name (Jhonson) and third name would be either your family name (Delacruz) or your grandfather's name. So, Fahad Jhonson Delacruz.

      Wael Editor

      • Salam Brother, thanks for a fast reply, but in our passport same issue we have different surname so when we make for registration for iqama what they will not ask question regarding for this?? in our passport its single and christian also different surname can you help me brother for this issue i have to many question regarding for this so we will be safe living in saudi riyadh

        • In Islam the wife does not customarily take the husband's surname. She keeps her name. So it should be no problem.


  89. i am hindu male ,alredy married with same religion.
    before my marrige i loved one islamic girl and not married due to that time not able to convert islamic.
    she married one islamic guy and now he left more than 10 years.( husband dead or live no idea till the date)
    i am the one now taking care for her and her childrens,
    now both decide to marrige again, my first wife also accepted this
    and i want to convert islam for her.
    and also i like islamic culture ,now how to legaly marry her and how to me convert to islam.
    advise me

  90. I am looking at converting to Islam, I have decided that if I do, I will change my name, because some say my name isn't considered Islamic and that having a new name with a new faith is best. These are the names I'm considering:


    I am open to other suggestions, I am looking for long, multi-syllable names, not sure why, that's just what I feel drawn to. Also, should I go about legally changing it as well?

    Also, should I include my father's name ie "bin father's name" even though it's an English name, or use the Arabic equivalent? Thanks in advance.

  91. This is Sarabjeet Kour belongs to a sikh family. I am not sure why I am writing in this website at the first place, but somehow it went intolerable for me to read the context.

    Really we are in 21st century, well educated and employed ??

    "Should I change my name" is a question which shouldn't have arise in our minds, especially in the name of Love.

    Mohabbat-e-khudaah raakha karega,
    jhuukegi nazar jab tere didaar ko,
    paak hoga wo aalam aur jannat khud salaam karegi....

    Love doesn't need a name, not a language and neither a religion 🙂

  92. My name is Neelima Shiva Nath.Alhumdulillah I have reverted to Islam
    I want to change my name to Fatima but Iam confused about my fathers name .Should I change it...?If yes, could you please suggest one.

  93. Al-Ahzaab – الأحزاب
    Call them with their fathers’ names – this is more suitable in the sight of Allah; and if you do not know their fathers, then they are your brothers in the faith, (and your cousins as humans) and your friends; and there is no sin upon you for what you did unknowingly in the past – however it is a sin what you do with your heart’s intention; and Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.
    Mr Wael Gawad
    Why not important change their last name
    This is Ayah for whom?

  94. Hii my name is Rajan Malhotra I m reverted Muslim. Do I need to change my name? Plz tell me ..

    • From what I found, "Rajan" means "king", so there is nothing un-Islamic about this name and you can keep it. As for the family name, we do not change it.

      Wael Editor

  95. Hai..I am getting reverted to Islam soon...Bt I don't wanna change my name is divya which means can someone help if this is fine...and is there any Muslim woman whose name is divya....awaiting a reply soon

    • Divya, as-salamu alaykum. I commend you on your decision to embrace Islam. The name change is a minor issue. I think you should focus on learning the religion, learn the prayers, the principles of faith etc. At some point you might choose to change your name, perhaps to something similar sounding, like Deena (religious one) or Daiya (caller to Islam). You can see a list of names here:

      Wael Editor

      • Walaikum Assalam wael...thanx for the suggestion....I know it's a small issue...but the point is I m going to marry a Muslim and my family don't have a problem with me accepting islam..but they have only one request that is with my name..they don't want me to change by first name... as this name doesn't have any negative impact in Islam I wanted to know keeping my name as Divya in the nikaahnama or my passport is gonna become a problem..

        • I see no reason why keeping your name would be a problem, unless there are some rules or laws in your country that I do not know about.


        • The problem with your name is it strightaway gives first impression as Non Muslim name .People might mistake you and invite you for gatherings where do do kufr and shirk . Why not keep similar name like Dia .You just need to remove "v" as name correction .May Allah help you .

  96. if i will convert i want to change my full name even is it possible, i want to be change as well in my passport is it possible.

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