Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Akna (Name)

Akna (transliteration: ʿAknāʾ, Arabic: عكناء) is an ancient Arabian name for girls that means “one who has a bulging belly”12 It was common among ancient Arabians to give children names with negative meanings as a way of warding off the supposed harms of envious glances. However, it is possible that having a fat belly was considered a sign of health and luxury.

Akna may also be spelled as Aknaa’ and Aknaa.

There is one Sahabiyyah (Companion of the Prophet Muhammad ) named Akna:

  • Akna bint Abi Sufrah عكناء بنت أبي صفرة

Below is the name Akna written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Akna written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Al-Muhkam wal Muheet al-Aadham by Ibn Seedah al-Mursi (d. 1066 CE), entry for عكن.
  2. Lisaan al-Arab by Ibn Manzur (d. 1311 CE), entry for عكن.
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