Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Arqam (Name)

Arqam (transliteration: Arqam, Arabic: أرقم) is an Arabic name for boys that refers to a type of snake1 known as the “egg-eating snake” in English (scientific name Dasypeltis scabra).

There are eight Companions of the Prophet Muhammad named Arqam:

  • al-Arqam bin abi al-Arqam al-Kala`i الأرقم بن أبي الأرقم الكلاعي
  • Arqam bin abi al-Arqam al-Makhzumi أرقم بن أبي الأرقم االمخزومي
  • al-Arqam bin abi al-Arqam al-Zuhari الأرقم بن أبي الأرقم الزهري
  • al-Arqam bin Jufainah al-Tujaibi الأرقم بن جُفينة التُّجَيبي
  • Arqam al-Khuza`i أرقم الخزاعي
  • al-Arqam bin Abdullah bin al-Harith الأرقم بن عبد الله بن الحارث
  • al-Arqam al-Nakha`i الأرقم النخعي
  • al-Arqam bin Yazeed الأرقم بن يزيد

Below is the name Arqam written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Arqam written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Al-Muhkam wal Muheet al-Aadham by Ibn Seedah al-Mursi (d. 1066 CE), entry for رقم.
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4 years ago

I want to keep this name(Arqam) for my child.It will be good or Bad.please tell me now .I am very confused .
Thank you.
Shamshad Ranchi Jharkhand

2 years ago
Reply to  M.Shamshad

Yes u can.. y confused.. due too dual meaning..
No debt should be on sahaabi name..
If something wrong wth name thn hazarat Muhammad (SAW) must have informed…