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A Quranic Name for Boys


Louay is variant of Luay and has the exact same meaning and pronunciation (see below for full meaning). You can use either Louay or Luay, both are correct and acceptable. If you like this variant more and you'd like to pronounce it the way it is spelled (different than the original name), this is perfectly acceptable. For more details please see the main entry at: Luay.

Full Meaning of Louay

Louay is an indirect Quranic name for boys that means “flat area of sand”. It is derived from the Quranic root L-W-A (used in Quran 63:5 in the word lawwaw to mean “turn aside”). This form of the name does not have a hamzah, it is pronounced Louay or Luway rather than Lu’ay.

However, its more common meaning is “little wild ox”, being the diminutive form of al-La’aa, according to Ishtiqaaq al-Asmaa’ by al-Asma`ee (d. 831 CE). This form of the name is from the non-Quranic L-Hamzah-Y root. Since this name likens its bearer to a wild ox, the intended meaning is “strong”.

Either forms of the name are acceptable, and both can pronounced Louay instead of Lu’ay, whichever suits you.

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