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Yahya

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A Quranic Name for Boys

Short meaning of YahyaKind, Compassionate and Tenderhearted
See below for detailed meaning
How to pronounce Yahya

Yes + hUmble + Hill + YArd

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Arabic Spelling (How to write Yahya in Arabic)يحيى
Quranic Nature
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Alternate spellings of YahyaYehea Yahea Iahea Yehya Yahyaa Ieahia Yahiaa Yahia Yaheaa Yeheaa Yehyaa
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Meaning of Yahya

Yahya is a direct Quranic name for boys. It has a special significance since it was a divinely created and chosen name, as retold in the Surat Maryam 19:7

O Zachariah, We bring you good news of a son whose name shall be Yahya. We have not given such a name to anyone before.

Yahya is one of the high status prophets, mentioned in a number of places in the Quran, such as in the same sura as above:

12. O Yahya! take hold of the Book with strength, and We granted him wisdom while yet a child

13. And hananan (tenderness) from Us and purity, and he was one who guarded (against evil),

14. And dutiful to his parents, and he was not insolent, disobedient.

15. And peace on him on the day he was born, and on the day he dies, and on the day he is raised to life. (Quran 19:12-15)

The meaning of Yahya isn’t certain because it is not necessarily Arabic, though it is likely related to Arabic in being a Hebrew/Aramaic name. In Arabic it literally means “He lives”, and the scholars say this means that his legacy will continue to live forever. It could also refer to the fact that he was brought to life in his mother’s womb even though she was barren and her husband an old man.

The word hananan in verse 13 above, which means tenderness, is only mentioned in that one place in the Quran in regards to Yahya, and it also happens to be the root of the Hebrew name for Prophet Yahya: Yohanan. Due to this relationship between Yahya and Hanan, it is possible that the meaning of Yahya has relations to the word “tenderness”.

Reader Comments:

  1. Anonymous on Thursday 17th of September 2015 05:27:06 PM

    Beautiful and unique name. My name is Yahya too. I like it.

  2. Anonymous on Friday 9th of October 2015 07:21:39 PM

    I named my daughter Yahya meaning….in swahili. God’s gift.

  3. Anonymous on Wednesday 21st of October 2015 01:17:09 PM

    my name is yahya too.. and my frnds love it… it’s beautiful unique name..

  4. Anonymous on Friday 27th of November 2015 01:27:06 PM

    my 1st name is Faisal-Yahya-Ahmed…. do all the meanings relate to me ?

  5. Anonymous on Saturday 12th of March 2016 09:15:29 AM

    my little baby brother called yahya i miss him really luv u bro

  6. Anonymous on Thursday 17th of March 2016 02:36:36 PM

    At Fajr prayer today Allah saw fit for my Imam gave me my name يحيى
    May I serve you to the best of my ability

  7. Anonymous on Saturday 21st of May 2016 07:14:56 AM

    my name is yahaya. a beautifull name. i like my name too much.

  8. Anonymous on Friday 24th of June 2016 05:36:36 AM

    I’m yahya ceesay from Gambia I really love Allah Muhammad yahya I’m happy to be call yahya

  9. Anonymous on Friday 15th of July 2016 08:57:12 PM

    I had a cxousin called yahya, but he sadly died at the age of 3 minths

  10. Anonymous on Friday 15th of July 2016 08:58:16 PM

    my cousin is yayah and I am hibah
    hibah= meaning gift and present

  11. Anonymous on Saturday 1st of October 2016 02:28:31 PM

    my name too is yahaya ibn ibrahim two beautiful name…I love my name

  12. Anonymous on Monday 23rd of January 2017 07:25:01 PM

    me too my name is yahya I like the meaning tenderness

  13. Anonymous on Friday 2nd of June 2017 08:25:40 PM

    What does “Usairim” means?
    Muhammad usairim is meaningful?

  14. Anonymous on Sunday 30th of July 2017 05:07:48 AM

    My name is also Mohammad Yahya…. I am thankful to my parents for this Unique name

  15. Anonymous on Thursday 3rd of August 2017 08:06:00 PM

    My name is yahya and am proud of the name and I thank Allah subhanahu watalla for this n

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