Fatoumata and Fatimah
|Fatou Samba of "Blackswan"
Origin: West African and Arabic
Meaning: "To Abstain"
Pronunciation: fa-TOO-mah-tah; FA-teem-ah
Other Forms: Fatou, Fatuma, Fatma, Fatima, Fatimah, Fatimata, Fatimatou
My sister, K-pop lover that she is, was the first one to bring to my attention Fatou Samba, one of the first black members of a K-pop group, and her beautiful name. Fatou is a diminutive of Fatoumata, a version of the Arabic Fatimah, which is popular in French-influenced parts of West Africa. Fatou herself was born in Senegal, but raised in Belgium.
Fatimah, after her mother, Khadijah, is seen as one of the most important Muslim historical figures, and is not only a leader of women in this world, but is thought to lead them in Paradise. Fatimah is, to this day, the most popular female name throughout the Muslim world.
My favorite names are those of interesting historical or mythological figures, especially those of strong women whose legacy lasts still today. What are your thoughts on these beautiful names? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts!