Arabic Submitted Place Names

Arabic names are used in the Arab world, as well as some other regions within the larger Muslim world. They are not necessarily of Arabic origin, though most in fact are. Compare also Persian names and Turkish names. See also about Arabic names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Agrabah اغربه (Country) Arabic
From the film Aladdin. Agrabah is more of a city-state than a country.
Al-qahirah القاهرة‎ (Settlement) Arabic
It is the original form of Cairo the Egyptian capital city. Al-Qāhira means 'The Conquerer' because of a myth between its foundation and the planet Mars (that in Arabic is 'The Conquerer Star').
Al-Quds القدس (Settlement) Arabic
Variant of Quds with the definite article ال (al-).
Anqara أنقرة (Settlement) Arabic, Tajik, Uzbek
Arabic alternate transcription of Anqarah as well as the Tajik and Uzbek form of Ankara.
Anqarah أنقرة (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Ankara.
Anzah (Settlement) Arabic
Badangh بادنغ (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Padang.
Bahrain بحرين (Country) Arabic, Catalan, Danish, English, Finnish, German, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog
Means "two seas" in Arabic, derived from بحر (bahr) meaning "sea" combined with the pluralising suffix ـين (ayni). In Arabic it is properly written with the definite article as البحرين (al-Bahrain)... [more]
Bahrayn بحرين (Country) Arabic, Kumyk, Occitan, Tajik, Uzbek
Arabic alternate transcription of Bahrain as well as the Kumyk, Occitan, Tajik, and Uzbek form. In Arabic, it is typically written with the definite article as البحرين (al-Bahrayn).
Bakistan باكستان (Country) Arabic
Arabic form of Pakistan.
Banama بنما (Country) Arabic, Chinese, Eastern African, Somali
Arabic, Chinese, and Somali form of Panama.
Bandar Siri Bikawan بندر سري بكاوان (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Bandar Seri Begawan.
Bandungh باندونغ (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Bandung.
Bankuk بانكوك (Settlement) Arabic, Persian
Arabic and Persian form of Bangkok.
Bariaman باريامان (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Pariaman.
Baris باريس (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Paris.
Bayt al-Maqdis بيت المقدس (Settlement) Arabic
Means "holy house" in Arabic, from بَيْت (bayt) meaning "house" and مُقَدَّس (muqaddas) meaning "holy, sacred". This is an Arabic name for Jerusalem.
Bnum Binh بنوم بنه (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Phnom Penh.
Bragh براغ (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Prague.
Brunai بروناي (Country) Arabic, Bengali, Thai, Acehnese
Arabic alternate transcription of Brunay as well as the Bengali, Thai, and Acehnese form of Brunei.
Brunay بروناي (Country) Arabic
Arabic form of Brunei.
Buryatya بورياتيا (Political Subdivision) Arabic, Turkish
Arabic and Turkish form of Buryatia.
Daghistan داغستان (Political Subdivision) Avar, Dargin, Arabic, Uyghur
Avar, Dargin, Arabic, and Uyghur form of Dagestan.
Dahlak ﺩﻬﻠﻚ (Other) Arabic
The Dahlak Archipelago is located in the Red Sea near Massawa, Eritrea. The pearl fisheries of the archipelago have been famous since Roman times and still produce a substantial number of pearls.
Danub دانوب (River) Arabic, Armenian, Persian
Arabic, Armenian and Persian form of Danube.
Dilhi دلهي (Settlement) Arabic, Quechua
Arabic and Quechua form of Delhi.
Filibbin فلبين (Country) Arabic
Arabic form of Philippines usually written with the definite article الفلبين (al-Filibbin).
Ghanj غانج (River) Arabic
Arabic form of Ganges, usually written with the definite article: الغانج (al-Ghanj).
Hafana هافانا (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Havana.
Hanui هانوي‎ (Settlement) Arabic, Persian
Arabic and Persian form of Hanoi.
Ilim (River) Russian, Arabic
I couldn't find the meaning of the river's name, but Wiktionary (without mentioning the river) says it's a Turkish word with an Arabic root that means "Knowledge, Science"
Indunisiya إندونيسيا (Country) Arabic, Somali, Tausug
Arabic, Somali, and Tausug form of Indonesia.
Isbaniyyah إسبانية (Country) Arabic
Arabic form of Hispania (see Spain).
Ishbiliyyah إشبيلية (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Seville.
Islam Abad إسلام آباد (Settlement) Urdu, Kashmiri, Pashto, Punjabi, Sindhi, Arabic
Form of Islamabad.
Istanbul إسطنبول (Settlement) Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Thai, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek
From Turkish İstanbul, which comes from a misinterpretation of the Medieval Greek phrase εἰς τὴν Πόλιν (eis tḗn pólin) meaning "to the City", a colloquial name for the city of Constantinople (reflecting its status as the only major city in the vicinity)... [more]
Jawa جاوة (Political Subdivision & Island) Indonesian, Javanese, Acehnese, Balinese, Banjar, Buginese, Malay, Minangkabau, Sundanese, Arabic, Japanese, Polish, Urdu
Form of Java used in various languages as well as an Arabic alternate transcription of Jawah.
Jawah جاوة (Political Subdivision & Island) Arabic
Arabic form of Java.
Jibuti جيبوتي (Country & Settlement) Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Sinhalese, Turkmen, Urdu
Form of Djibouti.
Kabul كابل (Settlement) Arabic, Armenian, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Ukrainian
From Pashto کابل (Kabal) which may have been derived from Kambuja or Kamboja, the name of an ancient Indo-Iranian tribe and kingdom. The name is of uncertain meaning, possibly from Sanskrit काम (kama) meaning "love, desire" and भुज् (bhuj) meaning "use, possess, rule"... [more]
Kalifurniya كاليفورنيا (Political Subdivision) Arabic
Arabic form of California.
Kazablanka كازابلانكا (Settlement) Arabic, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Kurdish, Macedonian, Persian, Serbian, Turkish
Form of Casablanca.
Kuwait كويت (Country) Arabic, Danish, English, Finnish, German, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog
Of uncertain meaning, possibly from the alleged Arabic root ك و ت (k-w-t) or from a word meaning "fortress built near water". This is the name of a country in Western Asia, usually written with the definite article: الكويت (al-Kuwait) in Arabic.
Lambungh لامبونغ (Political Subdivision) Arabic
Arabic form of Lampung.
Landan لندن (Settlement) Arabic, Burmese, Hausa, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Sanskrit, Sinhalese, Urdu
Form of London.
Lishbunah لشبونة (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Lisbon.
Luzun لوزون (Island) Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Arabic, Persian and Urdu form of Luzon.
Madina مدينة (Settlement) Arabic, Armenian, Avar, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Karakalpak, Lak, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tajik, Telugu, Tatar, Urdu, Uzbek
Arabic alternate transcription of Madinah as well as the form of Medina used in various languages.
Madrid مدريد (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Spanish, Afrikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Asturian, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek
From the older name Magerit, which is of uncertain meaning and origin. It may be derived from Arabic اَلْمَجْرِيط‎ (al-majrīṭ) meaning "source of water", from Latin matrix meaning "mother, source, origin (of rivers)", or from Celtic mageto ritu meaning "great bridge"... [more]
Makka مكة‎‎ (Settlement) Arabic, Avar, Bashkir, Chechen, Hindi, Ingush, Lak, Marathi, Nepali, Swahili, Tajik, Tatar, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, Uzbek
Arabic alternate transcription of Makkah as well as the form of Mecca used in various languages.
Makkah مكة‎‎ (Settlement) Arabic, Malay, English
Arabic and Malay form of Mecca as well as an English variant.
Malayziya ماليزيا (Country) Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian, Tajik, Uzbek
Form of Malaysia.
Maldif مالديف (Country) Arabic, Thai
Arabic and Thai form of Maldives. The Arabic name is usually written with the definite article: المالديف (al-Maldif).
Mali مالي (Country) Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Tatar, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek
From the name of the Mali Empire, which was derived from Mandinka or Bambara mali meaning "hippopotamus" or "the place where the king lives". This is the name of a landlocked country in West Africa.
Malta مالطا (Country & Island) Maltese, Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, Georgian, German, Greek, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tajik, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek
Uncertain, possibly derived from Greek μέλι (meli) meaning "honey". This is the name of an island nation in southern Europe.
Manama منامة (Settlement) Arabic, English
Means "place of sleep, place of rest" in Arabic. This is the name of the capital city of Bahrain, usually written with the definite article: المنامة (al-Manama) in Arabic.
Manamah منامة (Settlement) Arabic, Indonesian, Urdu
Arabic and Urdu alternate transcription of Manama as well as the Indonesian form. In Arabic it is usually written with the definite article: منامة (al-Manamah), which is also used in Indonesian.
Mandalai ماندالاي (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Arabic, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian
Form of Mandalay used in various languages as well as an alternate transcription of the same name.
Mosul (Settlement) Arabic
"the Joined," in reference to a bridge & ford over the Tigris
Namibia ناميبيا (Country) Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Danish, English, Finnish, Georgian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu
From the name of the Namib Desert, derived from Khoekhoe namib meaning "desert" or "vast place". This is the name of a country in southern Africa.
Nibal نيبال (Country) Arabic
Arabic form of Nepal.
Qatar قطر (Country) Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek
From Catharrei, the name given to the inhabitants of region by Roman writer Pliny the Elder, which may have been based on the name of a local settlement. The name Catara was later used by Greek astronomer Ptolemy to refer to the peninsula, which was eventually transmitted into Arabic... [more]
Qawqaz قوقاز (Region) Arabic
Arabic form of Caucasus, usually written with the definite article as القوقاز‎‎ (Al-Qawqaz).
Qazan قازان (Settlement) Arabic, Avar, Bashkir, Karachay-Balkar, Kazakh, Lak, Ossetian, Urdu, Uyghur
Form of Kazan.
Ribat رباط (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Rabat, usually written with the definite article: الرباط‎ (ar-Ribat).
Righa ريغا (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Riga.
Riyadh رياض (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Arabic, English
Means "meadows, gardens", from the plural of Arabic روضة (rawdah). This is the name of the capital city of Saudi Arabia and a province of the same name. In Arabic it is properly written with the definite article: الرياض (ar-Riyadh).
Saburu سابورو (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Sapporo.
Samuu (Country) Arabic
Arabic form of Samoa.
Saudiyyah سعودية (Country) Arabic
From Arabic سُعُودِيّ (suʿūdiyy) referring to the House of Saud, the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia, usually written with a definite article as السعودية (as-Saudiyyah)... [more]
Shanghhay شانغهاي (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Shanghai.
Sharkisia شركيسيا (Country & Region) Arabic
Arabic form of Circassia.
Shishan شيشان (Political Subdivision) Arabic
Arabic form of Chechnya, usually written with the definite article as الشيشان (al-Shishan).
Siyam سيام‎ (Country) Arabic, Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Turkish
Form of Siam.
Sulu سولو (Political Subdivision, Region & Body of Water) Filipino, Cebuano, Ilocano, Pampangan, Tagalog, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek
From Suluk, the Malay name for the Tausug people, in turn derived from Tausug Tau Sūg meaning "people of the current", from tau meaning "man, person" and sūg meaning "(sea) current, flow of water"... [more]
Sumatrah سومطرة (Political Subdivision & Island) Arabic
Arabic form of Sumatra.
Surinam سورينام (Country) Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dhivehi, English, Hindi, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrgyz, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Maltese, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Tajik, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek
English variant of Suriname as well as the standard name for the country in several languages.
Tanjah طنجة (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Tangier.
Taywan تايوان (Country) Arabic, Kurdish
Arabic and Kurdish form of Taiwan.
Timfu تيمفو (Settlement) Arabic, Pashto, Persian
Arabic, Pashto, and Persian form of Thimphu.
Tunis تونس (Country & Settlement) Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek
Meaning uncertain, possibly from the Tamazight root ens meaning "to lie down, to pass the night" or from the name of the Phoenician goddess Tanith... [more]
Uman عمان (Country) Arabic, Dhivehi, Pashto
Arabic, Dhivehi, and Pashto form of Oman.
Wahran وهران (Settlement) Arabic, Malay
Arabic and Malay form of Oran.
Yaman يمن (Country) Arabic, Chechen, Dhivehi, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Persian, Tajik, Tatar, Urdu, Uzbek
Form of Yemen. In Arabic, it is usually written with the definite article: اليمن (al-Yaman).
Yanghun يانغون (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Yangon.
Yonan (Country) Arabic
Arabic form of Ellada or Greece.
Yunan يونان (Country) Arabic, Dhivehi, Hindi, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Urdu
Form of Ionia used to refer to the country of Greece. The Arabic name is usually written with a definite article as اليونان (al-Yunan).
Zari زری (Country) Arabic
means flower in Arabic or a thread or a city in Nigeria