Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Badr (Name)

Badr (transliteration: Badr, Arabic: بدر) is an Arabic name for boys that means “full moon”.12 Badr is the name of a famous well between the cities of Mecca and Medina near which the Battle of Badr was fought (on the 17th of Ramadan of the second year of the hijra, equivalent to the 13th of March, 624 CE).3 The literal meaning of Badr is “speediness”, “alacrity”, “lack of delay”.4

The word Badr is used in the Quran once, in verse 3:123:

God had given you victory at Badr, when you were weak. So fear God, that you may be thankful.

There are five Companions of the Prophet Muhammad named Badr:

  • Badr bin Abdullah al-Muzani بدر بن عبد الله المزني
  • Badr bin Abdullah al-Khatmi بدر بن عبد الله الخطمي
  • Badr bin Abdullah بدر بن عبد الله
  • Badr Abu Abdullah بدر أبو عبد الله
  • Badr bin Aamir al-Hudhali بدر بن عامر الهذلي

Below is the name Badr written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Badr written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Al-Fayyūmī, Al-Miṣbāḥ al-Munīr fī Gharīb al-Sharḥ al-Kabīr (d. 1368 CE), ب د ر.
  2. Al-Ṣāḥib bin ʿAbbād, Al-Muḥīṭ fī l-Lugha (d. c. 995 CE), بدر.
  3. Ahmad Mukhtar Umar, Muʿjam al-Lugha al-ʿArabīya al-Muʿāṣira (d. 2003 CE), بدر.
  4. Arabic-English Lexicon by Edward William Lane (d. 1876), بدر.
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