[ 2 syll. a-hmad, ah-m-ad ] The baby boy name Ahmad is pronounced as aaK-MAA-D or aa-HHMAA-D †. Ahmad has its origins in the Arabic language. It is used largely in Arabic, English, and German. The name Ahmad means 'most praiseworthy'. It is derived from the word hamida which is of the meaning 'to praise, to commend, to thank'. This is one of the many names of the prophet Muhammad, and it is also one of the most popular Arabic names. It was borne by three 17th- and 18th-century Turkish sultans named Ahmet. In the USA, the name is used mostly by Muslim African Americans.
Ahmad has 19 variant forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English variant forms of Ahmad include Ahamad, Ahamada, Ahmed (used in Arabic and Turkish as well), Ahmod, Am, Amad, Amadi, Amahd, Amed, Emad, and Humayd.
Variant forms used in foreign languages include the Arabic Achmad, the Arabic and German Achmed, the German Achmet, the Arabic Ahmad Allah, the Arabic Ahmadullah, the Arabic Ahmaud, and the Turkish Ahmet. The spelling variant Ahmaad (Arabic) is another foreign form.
Ahmad is rather popular as a baby boy name. The name increased in popularity from the 1970s up to the 2000s; prior to that, it was of only irregular use. Its usage peaked modestly in 2001 with 0.032% of baby boys being named Ahmad. It had a ranking of #387 then. The baby name has slipped in popularity since then. In 2016, it ranked at #586 with a usage of 0.023%. Among the family of boy names directly related to Ahmad, Ahmed was the most popular. It was 25% more popular than Ahmad in 2016.
† Pronunciation for Ahmad: AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)"
A famous person named Ahmad is Pianist Ahmad Jamal, born 2 July 1930, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.