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Meaning of the name Usman/Uthman


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Usman, which can also be spelled as Uthman, Osman, Othman, Uthmaan, and others, is an ancient Arabic name for boys that means "snake". It was common practice among Arabs to name their children after animals and insects, thinking that this would prevent their children from being harmed by envious people. It is a popular name among Muslims due to the fact that it as the name of a close companion of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah upon him, who became the third righteous caliph, Uthman ibn Affan.

When the Prophet thought that a person's name was a bad name, he would change their name. Therefore even though the meaning of "snake" doesn't sound all that great, the fact that Prophet didn't change the name shows that it is an acceptable name for Muslims.

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Reader Comments:

  1. on Monday 6th of July 2015 08:36:12 AM

    oh come on its completely wrong meaning of the name
    the actual meaning is ” a beautiful pen”

  2. on Thursday 17th of September 2015 10:03:03 AM

  3. on Friday 2nd of October 2015 07:32:08 PM

    in upper link the meaning of usman is
    “the chosen one”

  4. on Thursday 14th of September 2017 09:40:33 AM

    Your meaning in this website is not correct. Usman was the third caliph of Islam and a beautiful name

  5. on Monday 25th of September 2017 10:55:57 PM

    Write your comment mean of usman is bustard not snake

  6. on Friday 29th of September 2017 06:28:37 PM

    Name was good but not the personality.Shame on those who consider him as a good Sahaba.

  7. on Wednesday 9th of May 2018 12:30:15 PM

    I read somewhere it is the name of a bird called “Lark”

  8. on Friday 30th of August 2019 02:23:40 PM

    what are does that killed the third caliph in islam

  9. on Monday 24th of February 2020 07:11:17 PM

    I have the exact same name mine is spelled uthman my name means kind modesty shyness generosity and justice

  10. on Monday 24th of February 2020 07:23:01 PM

    almost everyone I know made fun of my name but I dont care because its a muslim name^

  11. on Friday 7th of May 2021 08:30:34 AM

    This translation is incorrect.
    ‘Uthmaan means Wise, intuitive and powerful

  12. on Saturday 25th of December 2021 11:06:37 AM

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  13. on Saturday 15th of January 2022 07:36:47 PM

    Uthman actually means “wise, intuitive and powerful”

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