Appendix:Malay given names

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Pre-Islamic era[edit]

Prior to the introduction of Islam, Malay names were mostly taken from Malay, Sanskrit, or Indonesian languages.

Post-Islamic era[edit]

Traditional Malay names persisted into the Islamic era but were gradually superceded by names of Arabic origin. Most Malays today have Arabic names, although some parents still give their children traditional names.

List of Malay Names[edit]

A[edit]

B[edit]

  • Baba (masculine) - "father"
  • Bachok (masculine)
  • Bagus (masculine) - "excellent"
  • Bambang (masculine) - "knight"
  • Basuki (masculine) - "to flourish"
  • Bayu (masculine) - "wind"
  • Benderang (masculine)
  • Bestari (masculine) - "wise one"
  • Bijaya (masculine) - from Sanskrit name Vijaya, meaning "success"
  • Bintang (masculine)
  • Biru (masculine/feminine) - "blue" (colour) ; name of Great Queen of Patani, Raja Biru
  • Bongsu (masculine/feminine) - "youngest child"
  • Bujang (masculine) - "bachelor"
  • Budi (masculine) - "wise one"
  • Budiarto (masculine) - "One who is wise with money"
  • Bulat (masculine/feminine) - "round" / "circular" / "spherical"
  • Bunga (feminine) - "flower"

C[edit]

  • Cahaya or Chahaya (feminine) - "light"
  • Cempaka (feminine) - "frangipani"
  • Che (masculine) - "Mr", attached to names such as Che Wan or Che Poh
  • Chik (masculine) - short form of Kechik meaning "small"
  • Cik (feminine) - "Miss" ; name of well known legendary queen of Kelantan, Cik Siti Wan Kembang

D[edit]

E[edit]

F[edit]

  • Fajar (feminine/masculine) - "dawn"

G[edit]

  • Gana (masculine) - Malay version of Ganesha
  • Gombak (masculine) - "crest" / "tuft on head"

H[edit]

I[edit]

  • Indah (feminine) - "beautiful"
  • Indera (masculine) - Malay version of Indra
  • Intan (feminine) - "diamond"
  • Ishak (masculine) - Malay version of Ishaq/Isaac
  • Isnin (masculine) - "Monday"
  • Izzati (feminine) & Izzat (masculine) - "glory, honour, prestige" derived from Urdu and Arab- Izza

J[edit]

  • Jati (masculine) - "pure, saintly"
  • Jaya (masculine/feminine) - "success"
  • Jebat (masculine) - a well known Malay hero named Hang Jebat - derived from Arabic word zabad
  • Jejaka (masculine) - "youth"
  • Jenab (feminine) - Malay version of Zaynab
  • Jiwa (masculine) - Malay version of Sanskrit name Jiva
  • Johan (masculine) - "winner"
  • Jumaat (masculine) - "Friday"
  • Jusoh (masculine)
  • Juwita (feminine)

K[edit]

L[edit]

M[edit]

  • Mat or Mamat (masculine) - Malay version of Muhammad
  • Mahsuri (feminine) - combination of "mah" (great) and "suri" (queen), a name of well known princess of Langkawi Island
  • Mahura (feminine) - name of Mahsuri's mother-in-law
  • Mail (masculine) - Malay version of Ismail
  • Malim (masculine) - "expert" or "leader"
  • Manjalara (feminine) - combination of "manja" (pampered) and "lara" (heartache)
  • Mariah (feminine) - Malay version of Maria al-Qibtiyya
  • Mariam or Meriam (feminine) - Malay version of Maryam (Mary)
  • Mas (feminine) - "gold"
  • Masayu or Mas Ayu (feminine) - combination of "mas" (gold) and ayu (pretty)
  • Mastini (feminine)
  • Mayang or Mayang Sari (feminine) - "palm blossom"
  • Mawar (feminine) - "rose"
  • Maya (feminine) - Sanskrit for "illusion" or "delusion"
  • Megat (masculine) - derived from Minangkabau words Maha Gaek, meaning "Great One"
  • Melati (feminine) - "jasmine"
  • Melur (feminine) - "jasmine"
  • Merdeka (masculine) - Sanskrit for "independent" or "free"
  • Minah (feminine) - Malay version of Aminah bint Wahhab
  • Muda (masculine) - "young"
  • Mulia (masculine) - "noble"
  • Munah (feminine) - Malay version of Maymuna bint al-Harith
  • Murni (feminine) - "pure"

N[edit]

  • Nawar (feminine) - from Sanskrit Nawa, meaning "nine"
  • Nerang (masculine)
  • Nilam (feminine) - "sapphire"
  • Nirmala (feminine) - Sanskrit for "clean" or "pure"
  • Noh (masculine) - Malay version of Nuh

O[edit]

P[edit]

  • Perang (masculine) - "war" / "brown"
  • Pertiwi (feminine) - Malay version of Prithvi
  • Perwira (masculine) - "officer"
  • Puspa (feminine) - from Sanskrit pushpa, meaning "flower"
  • Puspasari (feminine) - a term equivalent to "fair maiden"
  • Puspawangi (feminine) - combination of "puspa" (flower) and "wangi" (fragrant)
  • Puspawati (feminine) - combination of "puspa" (flower) and "wati" (lady)
  • Putera / Putra (masculine) - "prince" / "son"
  • Puteri / Putri (feminine) - "princess" / "daughther"
  • Puteh / Putih (masculine/feminine) - "white" / "fair"

R[edit]

  • Rabu (masculine) - "Wednesday"
  • Rai (masculine)
  • Raja (masculine) - "King", (also) a name used by descendants of Malay royal family

S[edit]

T[edit]

U[edit]

  • Uda (masculine) - "a bachelor" or "young"
  • Ujang (masculine) - "a bachelor"
  • Ungu (masculine/feminine) - "purple"; name of Great Queen of Patani, Raja Ungu
  • Usop (masculine) - Malay version of Yusuf (Joseph)

W[edit]

  • Wangi (feminine) - "fragrant"
  • Wati (feminine) - "female", "woman" or "girl"
  • Wira (masculine) - from Sanskrit Vira, meaning "hero"

Y[edit]

Z[edit]