Karim is a popular name option among Islam and Arabic families. It is in the Quran as one of the 99 names of Allah. Karim is on its way to being a top 1,000 name again at the end of 2021, as it is currently ranked at number 728.

Meaning of the name Karim:

Arabic: noble, generous

Origin of the name Karim:

Karim originates as an ancient Arabic name. It comes from the word “karuma.” In Islam, al-Karim is one of the many names that the god Allah has. All of his titles have to do with his characteristics, and those include generosity and nobility.

Symbolism of the name Karim:

Karim means “noble” or “generous” because of the Arabic word “karuma.” It translates to “to be generous.”

baby name Karim

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Gender of the name Karim:

Karim is a regal name for boys.

Pronunciation of the name Karim:


Number of syllables in the name Karim:


Emotion evoked from the name Karim:

In America, Karim is both urban and refined. It has a strong and mature feel.

Alternative spellings for the name Karim:

  • Kareem 
  • Kerim
  • Kereem
  • Kareim
  • Kereim

Nicknames for the name Karim:

  • Kar
  • Kar Kar
  • Ari
  • Rimmy
  • Rim
  • Rimmi
  • Arim
  • Krimo
  • Kiki

Popularity of the name Karim:

Karim became a top 1,000 name option in America in 1975 at rank 957. It remained on the list until 1978, not reappearing until 2016 at rank 911. Karim has not been on the top 1,000 list since, but it may be at the end of 2021. It is currently coming in at number 728.

Related names for the name Karim:

Great middle names for Karim and their meanings:

  • Malik (lord, ruler, chief, king)
  • Tyson (firebrand, son of Denis)
  • Rashad (good judgment)
  • Jamal (beauty)
  • Terell (powerful)
  • Deante (invented name)
  • Emir (prince, ruler)
  • Anwar (light, rays of light, luminous)

Famous people with the name Karim:

  • Karim Hill (actor, “Psych”)
  • Karim Benzema (soccer player)
  • Karim Laghouag (horse rider)

Karims in popular culture:

  • Karim (character from “Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem” video game)