65+ Persian Last Names/Surnames With Meanings And Origins

65+ Popular Persian Last Names With Meanings And Origins

November 30, 2020 Updated March 29, 2021

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Prior to 1979, the country now known as Iran was once called Persia. When you think of Persia, you can’t help but reminisce about its colorful history filled with empires, battles, and impressive innovation. Persia had refrigerators and air conditioners before electricity was even invented. They were also leading when it came to societal expectations for women, who were allowed to own land, run businesses, and enlist in the army. In Persian culture, honesty is revered, and telling a lie is one of the worst things a person can do. And while their history goes back to ancient times, Persians only began using last names in 1919. Before then, a bunch of different prefixes and suffixes were added to a person’s given name (and you just hoped no one else had that unique combination). They used names to reflect a long and storied history (one of the world’s oldest civilizations!). Similar to many other ethnicities, Persian last names frequently reference a family‘s location or place of origin. This makes sense considering family is a central focus for Iranians.

Today, Persians are an ethnic group that accounts for more than half the population of Iran, with their own language and distinct culture. But given the geographic extent of the Persian Empire — spanning from Egypt in the west to Turkey in the north, and through Mesopotamia to the Indus River in the east — it’s not unusual for their modern last names to borrow from Greek, Kurdish, and Azerbaijani-Turkish. Another reason to gravitate toward Persian names? Iranian people are known for their hospitality. They are welcoming and polite, and they strive to maintain that perception. So, a Persian last name is weighted with many positive associations. Persian last names, like Persian culture, are a point of pride and honor for Iranians.

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Ready to learn more about these family names? Here are 65+ popular Persian last names, including their meanings and origins.

  1. Abbas
    Transcription: عبّاس
    Meaning: Austere
    Origin: Arabic
  2. Afsoun
    Transcription: افسون
    Meaning: Charm, spell
    Origin: Persian
  3. Agha
    Transcription: اغا
    Meaning: Chief, master, or lord; respectable title for an honorable military officer
    Origin: Turkish
  4. Ahmad
    Transcription: احمد
    Meaning: Most praiseworthy
    Origin: Arabic
  5. Akbar
    Transcription: اکبر
    Meaning: Greater, greatest
    Origin: Arabic
  6. Alborz
    Transcription: البرز
    Meaning: From the name of a mountain range in northern Iran
    Origin: Persian
  7. Ali
    Transcription: علی
    Meaning: Lofty, sublime
    Origin: Arabic
  8. Amani
    Transcription: أماني.
    Meaning: Aspirations, wishes, desire or goal
    Origin: Persian
  9. Ansari
    Transcription: أنصاري
    Meaning: Supporter
    Origin: Iranian
  10. Azad
    Transcription: آزاد
    Meaning: Free
    Origin: Persian
  11. Azimi
    Transcription: عظیمی
    Meaning: Glorious or magnificent
    Origin: Persian
  12. Babak
    Meaning: Beloved father
    Origin: Persian
  13. Bahman
    Transcription: بابک
    Meaning: Good mind
    Origin: Persian
  14. Baran
    Transcription: باران
    Meaning: Rain
    Origin: Persian
  15. Bayat
    Transcription: بايات,
    Meaning: A strong man or warrior
    Origin: Turkey
  16. Behnam
    Transcription: بايات
    Meaning: Distinguished or a respected title.
    Origin: Persian
  17. Darya
    Transcription: دریا
    Meaning: Sea, ocean
    Origin: Persian
  18. Delara
    Transcription: دلآرا
    Meaning: Adorning the heart
    Origin: Persian
  19. Elaheh
    Transcription: الهه
    Meaning: Goddess
    Origin: Persian
  20. Farid
    Transcription: فرید
    Meaning: Unique, precious
    Origin: Arabic
  21. Farrokh
    Transcription: فرّخ
    Meaning: Happy, auspicious
    Origin: Persian
  22. Farzaneh
    Transcription: فرزانه
    Meaning: Wise, intelligent
    Origin: Persian
  23. Fereshteh
    Transcription: فرشته
    Meaning: Angel
    Origin: Persian
  24. Firouzeh
    Transcription: فیروزه
    Meaning: The gemstone turquoise
    Origin: Persian
  25. Ghoncheh
    Transcription: غنچه
    Meaning: Flower bud
    Origin: Persian
  26. Gohar
    Transcription: گوهر
    Meaning: Jewel, gemstone
    Origin: Persian, Armenian, Urdu
  27. Golbahar
    Transcription: گلبهار
    Meaning: Spring rose
    Origin: Persian
  28. Golshan
    Transcription: گلشن
    Meaning: Rose garden
    Origin: Persian
  29. Golzar
    Transcription: گلزار
    Meaning: Rosy-cheeked
    Origin: Persian
  30. Gul
    Transcription: جعل
    Meaning: Rose, pink
    Origin: Turkey
  31. Habib
    Transcription: حبیب
    Meaning: Beloved, darling
    Origin: Arabic, Persian, Urdu
  32. Hadi
    Transcription: هادی
    Meaning: Leader, guide
    Origin: Arabic, Persian
  33. Hassan
    Transcription: حسن
    Meaning: Beautifier; pious, wise
    Origin: Arabic
  34. Hayat
    Transcription: حیات
    Meaning: Life
    Origin: Arabic
  35. Heydari
    Transcription: حیدری
    Meaning: Lion; brave, courageous
    Origin: Arabic
  36. Iman
    Transcription: ایمان
    Meaning: Faith
    Origin: Arabic, Persian, Indonesian
  37. Isa
    Transcription: عیسى
    Meaning: Arabic form of Jesus
    Origin: Arabic, Persian, Albanian
  38. Jafar
    Transcription: جعفر
    Meaning: Stream
    Origin: Arabic, Persian
  39. Jahan
    Transcription: جهان
    Meaning: World
    Origin: Persian
  40. Jahangir
    Transcription: جهانگی
    Meaning: World conqueror
    Origin: Persian, Urdu
  41. Jalal
    Transcription: جلال
    Meaning: Greatness
    Origin: Arabic, Persian
  42. Jalil
    Transcription: جلیل
    Meaning: Important, exalted
    Origin: Arabic, Persian
  43. Jamshid
    Transcription: جمشید
    Meaning: Shining Jam (a mythological king of Persia)
    Origin: Persian, Uzbek, Persian mythology
  44. Javed
    Transcription: جواد
    Meaning: Eternal
    Origin: Persian
  45. Karim
    Transcription: کریم
    Meaning: Generous, noble
    Origin: Arabic, Persian
  46. Khan
    Transcription: بايات,
    Meaning: Leader or ruler; a title of respect for a soldier, or an honorable military man, or soldier
    Origin: Arabic
  47. Khani
    Transcription: خاني
    Meaning: Hidden
    Origin: Arabi
  48. Mahdi
    Transcription: مهدي‎
    Meaning: Common title that means “the one who is rightly guided by God”
    Origin: Arabic
  49. Mahin
    Transcription: مهین
    Meaning: Of the moon
    Origin: Persian
  50. Moradi
    Transcription: مرادی
    Meaning: Wishful
    Origin: Persian
  51. Mozhdeh
    Transcription: مژده
    Meaning: Good news
    Origin: Persian
  52. Roshan
    Transcription: روشن
    Meaning: Light, bright
    Origin: Persian
  53. Saade
    Transcription: سلطانی‎
    Meaning: Lucky
    Origin: Arabic
  54. Saam
    Transcription: صام
    Meaning: Seed
    Origin: German
  55. Saar
    Transcription: سار
    Meaning: Island
    Origin: Persian
  56. Saatchi
    Transcription: ساعتچی‎
    Meaning: Watchmaker
    Origin: Persian, Turkish
  57. Sadeghi
    Transcription: صادقی‎‎
    Meaning: Honest
    Origin: Persian, Iranian
  58. Safavi
    Transcription: صفوی‎
    Meaning: Safi
    Origin: Persian
  59. Shabani
    Transcription: شعبانی‎
    Meaning: Lucky charm
    Origin: Arabic
  60. Shafaei
    Transcription: شفاعی
    Meaning: Healer
    Origin: Persian
  61. Shahin
    Transcription: شاهین
    Meaning: Falcon, peregrine
    Origin: Persian
  62. Shahzad
    Transcription: شهزاد‎
    Meaning: Son of the king
    Origin: Persian
  63. Sharifi
    Transcription: روشن
    Meaning: Honorable, high-class, wealthy
    Origin: Persian
  64. Soltani
    Transcription: سلطانی‎
    Meaning: Descendant of the sultan
    Origin: Arabic
  65. Taj
    Transcription: تاج
    Meaning: Crown; jewel
    Origin: Persian, Sanskrit, and Arabic
  66. Taha
    Transcription: طه
    Meaning: Best; pure; skilful
    Origin: Arabic
  67. Taib
    Transcription: طه
    Meaning: One who always repents to God; virtuous, pious
    Origin: Hindu
  68. Taif
    Transcription: الطائف
    Meaning: Vision; specter; someone who performs
    Origin: Arabic
  69. Taghi
    Transcription: طاغي
    Meaning: A chief
    Origin: Arabic
  70. Taher
    Transcription: طاهر
    Meaning: Pure; chaste; clean
    Origin: Arabic
  71. Taieb
    Transcription: نام
    Meaning: Kind; sweet; to repent
    Origin: Arabic
  72. Talat
    Transcription: طلعت‎
    Meaning: Prayer; countenance
    Origin: Arabic
  73. Vida
    Transcription: ویدا
    Meaning: Visible, apparent, prominent
    Origin: Persian