List of 51 names banned in Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Interior has added 51 names to the list of banned names in Saudi Arabia. In other words, as a parent, you cannot name your child born in Saudi Arabia with any of these names. 

Why did they ban names?

The Ahwal Madani or Civil Affairs department said that some names are not in line with social traditions while others are not appropriate in terms of religion or have a Western origin.

banned names in saudi arabia

List of banned names in Saudi Arabia

Parents cannot give their babies born in Saudi Arabia with the following names;

  1. Malak – ملاك
  2. Abdul Ati – عبد العاطي
  3. Abdul Nasser – عبد الناصر
  4. Abdul Mosleh – عبد المصلح
  5. Nabi – النبي
  6. Nabiya – النبية
  7. Emir – أمير
  8. Somu – اذا مو
  9. Al-Mamlaka – المملكة
  10. Malika – مليكة
  11. Mamlaka – مملكه
  12. Tabaraka – طبرقة
  13. Nardeen – ناردين
  14. Maya – مايا
  15. Linda – ليندا
  16. Randa – رندة
  17. Basmalah – البسملة
  18. Tuleen – تولين
  19. Arm – ذراع
  20. Nareej – ناريج
  21. Rital – ريتال
  22. Als – ألس
  23. Sandi – ساندي
  24. Rama – راما
  25. Maleen – ماليين
  26. Eleen – إيلين
  27. Alas – واحسرتاه
  28. Ainar – عينار
  29. Loran – لوران
  30. Malkiteena – مالكيتينا
  31. Lareen – لارين
  32. Kibriyal – Kibriyal
  33. Laureen – لورين
  34. Binyameen – بنيامين
  35. Narees – ناريز
  36. Yara – يارا
  37. Sitaf – سيتاف
  38. Aileen – أيلين
  39. Loland – لولاند
  40. Tilaj – تلاج
  41. Barah – براح
  42. Abdul Nabi – عبد النبي
  43. Abdul Rasool – عبد الرسول
  44. Jibreel – جبريل
  45. Abdul Mo’een – عبد المعين
  46. Abrar – أبرار
  47. Milak – ميلاك
  48. Aiman – أيمن
  49. Bayan – بيان
  50. Baseel – باسيل
  51. Rilam. – ريلام.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.