Ama (transliteration: Amah, Arabic: أمة) is an ancient Arabian name for girls that means “female slave”.1 It can also mean “devoted worshiper of God”.2 It is the feminine equivalent of the ancient boy name Abd. The word Ama is usually added to one of the names of God to create composite name, such as Amatullah (made up of Ama and Allah), meaning “servant/slave of God”, similar to the way Abd is added to one of the names of God to create names like Abdullah.
The name Ama is no longer used by itself, we are only adding it here for completeness.
There are four Sahabiyyat (Companions of the Prophet Muhammad ) named Ama:
- Ama bint Abi al-Hakam al-Ghifariyyah أمة بنت أبي الحكم الغفارية
- Ama bint Khalid bin Sa`eed أمة بنت خالد بن سعيد
- Ama bint Khaleefah أمة بن خليفة
- Ama daughter of al-Farsiyyah أمة ابنة الفارسية
Below is the name Ama written in Arabic naskh script:
Below is the name Ama written in Arabic kufi script:
- Al-Qamoos al-Muheet by Fairuzabadi (d. 1414 CE), entry for الــأَمَةُ.
- Taaj al-Aroos by Murtada al-Zabidi (d. 1790 CE), entry for أمو.