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See also: imam and imám



Occupational surname, borrowed from Arabic إمام(ʾimām). This surname is mostly found in Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Proper noun[edit]

Imam (plural Imams)

  1. A surname, from Arabic​.


  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Imam is the 29041st most common surname in the United States, belonging to 817 individuals. Imam is most common among Asian/Pacific Islander (70.99%) and White (13.22%) individuals.

Further reading[edit]



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From Arabic إمام(ʾimām).


  • IPA(key): /iˈmaːm/
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Imam m (genitive Imams or Imam, plural Imame or Imams)

  1. (Islam, all sects) anyone who leads a group of Muslims in prayer
  2. (Sunni Islam) imam; a trained cleric who leads a congregation
  3. (Shia Islam) imam; Imam; a politico-religious leader inaugurated by God
    1. (Twelver Shiism) one of twelve individuals, descendants of Muhammad living in the 7th to 9th centuries CE, who are believed to have been sinless and infallible
    2. (other Shiism) one of a per se unlimited line of leaders, who must be descendants of Muhammad but are not necessarily ascribed superhuman qualities

Usage notes[edit]

  • The alternative plural Imams is widely obsolete in Germany but may still see some usage in Switzerland and elsewhere.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Imam” in Duden online