Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Antara (Name)

Antara (transliteration: ʿAntarah, Arabic: عنترة) is an Arabic name for boys that means “bold”, “brave”, “courageous”.12 Antara is the name of a famous pre-Islamic Arabian knight and hero, Antara ibn Shaddad al-Absi (d. 608 CE).3

There are four Companions of the Prophet Muhammad named Antara:

  • Antara al-Shaibani عنترة الشيباني
  • Antara al-Sulami عنترة السلمي
  • Antara bin Naqb عنترة بن نقب
  • Antara bin Wahb al-Adawi عنترة بن وهب العدوي

Below is the name Antara written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Antara written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Lisaan al-Arab by Ibn Manzur (d. 1311 CE), entry for عنتر.
  2. Supplément aux dictionnaires arabes by Reinhart Dozy (d. 1883 CE), entry for عنتر.
  3. Ibid.

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