Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Abdul Karim (Name)

Abdul Karim (transliteration: ʿAbdul Karīm, Arabic: عبد الكريم) is an Arabic name for boys that means “servant of the Most Gracious”, “servant of the Most Generous”, meaning “servant of God” since al-Karīm is one of the names of God in Islam.1 The name is made up of the words ʿabd (“servant”, “slave”)2 and the name of God al-Karīm. Due to the way the Arabic language works, when pronouncing the name ʿabd al-Karīm becomes ʿabdul Karīm.

Abdul Karim may also be spelled as Abdul Kareem, Abdol Kareem, Abd al-Karim, Abd el-Karim, Abd el-Kerim and others.

There is one Companion of the Prophet Muhammad named Abdul Karim:

  • Abdul Karim bin Ukaim عبد الكريم بن عكيم

Below is the name Abdul Karim written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the same name written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Al-Nihaayah fi Ghareeb al-Hadeeth wal Athar by Abu Sa`aadaat Ibn al-Athir (d. 1210 CE), entry for كَرُمَ.
  2. Taaj al-Aroos by Murtada al-Zabidi (d. 1790 CE), entry for عبد.

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