Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Akbar (Name)

Akbar (transliteration: Akbar, Arabic: أكبر) is an Arabic name for boys that means “greater”, “greatest”, “more important”, “more senior”, “more powerful”.12 Akbar is the comparative and superlative form of kabīr (“great”, “powerful”, “important”, “senior”).

Akber is also spelled as Ekber, Akber and Acbar.

The word Akbar is used over 20 times in the Quran, below are some examples:

See how We have favored some of them over others; yet the Hereafter is greater in ranks, and greater in favors.3

Certainly the creation of the heavens and the earth is greater than the creation of humanity, but most people do not know.4

There is one Companion of the Prophet Muhammad named Akbar:

  • Akbar al-Harithi أكبر الحارثي

Below is the name Akbar written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Akbar written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Al-Nihaayah fi Ghareeb al-Hadeeth wal Athar by Abu Sa`aadaat Ibn al-Athir (d. 1210 CE), entry forكَبِرَ.
  2. Al-Maghrib fi Tarteeb al-Ma`rib by al-Mutarrizi (d. 1213 CE), entry for كبر.
  3. The Quran, verse 17:21.
  4. The Quran, verse 40:57.
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