Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Arfaja (Name)

Arfaja (transliteration: ʿArfajah, Arabic: عرفجة) is an Arabic name for boys that means “an ʿarfaj tree.”12 Arfaj is the name of a desert tree species that grows yellow flowers, with the scientific name of Rhanterium epapposum.3

Arfaja is also written as Arfajah. There are seven Companions of the Prophet Muhammad named Arfaja:

  • Arfaja bin As`ad bin Kazb عرفجة بن أسعد بن كزب
  • Arfaja bin Khuzaimah عرفجة بن خزيمة
  • Arfaja al-Sulami عرفجة السلمي
  • Arfaja bin Shuraih عرفجة بن شريح
  • Arfaja bin Shuraih al-Kindi عرقجة بن شريح الكندي
  • Arfaja bin Abi Yazeed عرفجة بن أبي يزيد
  • Arfaja bin Harthamah bin Abd al-Uzzaa عرفجة بن هرثمة بن عبد العزى

Below is the name Arfaja written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Arfaja written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Al-Muhkam wal Muheet al-Aadham by Ibn Seedah al-Mursi (d. 1066 CE), entry for والعَرْفَج والعِرْفج.
  2. Taj al-Lughah wa Sihaah al-Arabiyyah by al-Jawhari (d. 1003 CE), entry for عرفج.
  3. Ibrahim, Fatima Hassan, Maha Talib Alhenzab, and Amira Omer Elbadawi. “Establishment of an Efficient in Vitro Regeneration Protocol for Mass Propagation via organogenesis of Endangered Plant Rhanterium epapposum in Qatar.” Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference Proceedings. Vol. 2018. No. 1. Qatar: HBKU Press, 2018.
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