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Kareem is a powerful traditional name for boys. Widespread throughout the Middle East and South Asia, this name soared in popularity in the United States during the 1970s. Kareem is the name of a soldier in the Fairy Tale series, and Kareem Said was a memorable character on the Oz series. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning of the name Kareem:

Arabic: Generous, noble, honorable.

Origin of the name Kareem:

Kareem is an alternative spelling of Karim. This name derives from the Arabic word کریم and means “generous.”

Symbolism of the name Kareem:

Kareem is an Arabic name that means “generous,” “gracious,” or “honorable.” It is also one of the 99 Names of God in Islam (Quran 82:5-8). The Islamic symbol of generosity is the pillar of alms.

Style of the name Kareem:

Traditional

Gender of the name Kareem:

Kareem is a boy's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Kareem:

kah-REEM

Number of syllables in the name Kareem:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Kareem:

The name Kareem evokes feelings of charisma and confidence.

Alternative spellings for the name Kareem:

  • Karim 
  • Kerîm
  • Kerem
  • Kharim
  • Karem
  • Khareem

Nicknames for the name Kareem:

Popularity of the name Kareem:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Kareem was the 637th most popular baby name for boys in 2020.

Related names for the name Kareem:

Great middle names for Kareem and their meanings:

  • Ashraf (honorable, distinguished, noble)
  • Benito (blessed)
  • Daniel (God is my judge)
  • Eder (flock, handsome, beautiful)
  • Finnegan (fair, white)
  • Hafiz (custodian, guardian, keeper)
  • Haidar (lion, warrior)
  • Ishmael (God will hear)
  • Malik (king, master, ruler)
  • Kharouf (lamb)
  • Qadir (capable, powerful, mighty)
  • Roger (famous spear)
  • Timothy (honoring God)
  • Yunus (dove)

Famous people with the name Kareem:

  • Kareem Nabil Suleiman Amer (blogger)
  • Kareem “Biggs” Burke (entrepreneur)
  • Kareem Campbell (skateboarder)
  • Kareem Dennis (singer)
  • Kareem Hunt (football player)
  • Kareem Abdul Jabbar (basketball player)
  • Kareem Kelly (football player)
  • Kareem Mortimer (filmmaker)
  • Kareem Lamar Rush (basketball player)
  • Kareem Walker (football player)

Kareem in popular culture:

  • Kareem (soldier in the Fairy Tale series)
  • Kareem Said (character on the Oz series)