Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Affan (Name)

Affan (transliteration: ʿAffān, Arabic: عفّان) is an Arabic name for boys that means “virtuous”, “chaste”, “one who avoids sin”.1. It is a more emphatic form of the name Afif.

Affan may also be spelled as Affaan, Afaan and Afan.

The name Affan is best known as the name of the father of the third Rashidun Caliph Uthman ibn Affan (his father’s full name was Affan bin Abil Aas bin Umayyah).

There are five Companions of the Prophet named Affan:

  • Affan bin al-Hujair al-Sulami عفان بن الهجير السلمي
  • Affan bi Bujair عفان بن بجير
  • Affan bin Habeeb عفان بن حبيب
  • Affan bin Abi Ufair al-Ansari عفان بن أبي عفير الأنصاري
  • Affan bin Nabeeh bin al-Hajjaj عفان بن نبيه بن الحجاج

Below is the name Affan written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Affan written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Al-Ubaab al-Zaakhir by al-Saghaani (d. 1252 CE), entry for عفف.
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