Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Aktham (Name)

Aktal (transliteration: Aktham, Arabic: أكثم) is an ancient Arabian name for boys that means “big-bellied”.1 Aktham can also mean “wide road”,2, but according to al-Mutarrizi when the word was used as a name, the intended meaning was “big-bellied”.3 Aktham can also mean “one who is satiated (after eating a large meal)”.4

There are two Companions of the Prophet Muhammad named Aktham:

  • Aktham bin al-Jawn أكثم بن الجون
  • Aktham bin Saifi أكثم بن صيفي

Below is the name Aktham written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Aktham written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Maqayees al-Lughah by Ibn Faris (d. 1004 CE), entry for كَثَمَ.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Al-Maghrib fi Tarteeb al-Ma`rib by al-Mutarrizi (d. 1213 CE), entry for كث.
  4. Taj al-Lughah wa Sihaah al-Arabiyyah by al-Jawhari (d. 1003 CE), entry for كثم.

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