Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Ahnaf (Name)

Ahnaf (transliteration: Aḥnaf, Arabic: أحنف) is an ancient Arabian name for boys that means “club-footed” (one who walks on the back of their feet due to a congenital defect).12

There is one Companion of the Prophet Muhammad named Ahnaf:

  • al-Ahnaf bin Qais الاحنف بن قيس

Below is the name Ahnaf written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Ahnaf written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Al-Misbaah al-Muneer by al-Fayyumi (d. 1368 CE), entry for حنف.
  2. Al-Muheet fil Lughah by al-Sahib bin Abbad (d. c. 995 CE), entry for حنف.
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Mohammad Tauseef Hasan
Mohammad Tauseef Hasan
3 years ago

Assalam aly kum, I came across this unique and beautiful name while searching for unique sahaba names , and was pleased to see in another website that it means worshiper of Allah and one more website showed the meaning as ‘ unique” then how can it mean a child who walks on the back of his legs due to congenital defect !! Also it’s the name of a sahaba Ahnaf bin Qais who was quite an enlightened man !!?? Kindly explain as I am looking a name for my upcoming child ..

2 years ago

My sons name is Ahnaf. While i sélect this name , i did Google on early 2018 , the meaning came, religions, who always in straight path. Now Suddenly I saw its meaning coming club-footed. Naujubillah. My child is going to crèche, his every officiel, décret everything’s have on his name. Plus .. its so stress full now. Please explain.

2 years ago
Reply to  Noor

The same thing happened with me as well. I have named my son Ahnaf as I saw the meaning was worshiper of Allah, righteous. And now in many websites I see the meaning is club footed. Would really appreciate an explanation.