SHAFAQNA -Â Azerbaijanâ€™s Census Bureau has announced the most popular names in the country are country are Æli and ZÉ™hra.Â
According to the Census Bureau of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Islamic names, especially the names of the prophets and the Shiâ€™a imams, are the most popular among the citizens of the former Soviet country, where atheism was forced on the traditionally Shiâ€™a Muslim people for more than 70 years.Â
The name of Imam Ali, the first Imam (infallible leader) of Shiâ€™a Muslims (Æli in Azerbaijani), as well as other Islamic names including Yusif, MÉ™hÉ™mmÉ™d and HÃ¼seyn are the most popular names among boys in Azerbaijan. It has been reported that since April 2015, 1,377 newborn boys have been named â€œYusifâ€ alone.Â
Yusif has been a popular name for several years among Azerbaijani parents.Â
Among the most popular female names is name of the daughter of the Holy Prophet of Islam (S), Lady Fatimah al-Zahra. Since the beginning of 2015, 1,356 baby girls have been named ZÉ™hra in Azerbaijan.Â
The most popular girlsâ€™ names this year have been Nuray, FatimÉ™, Eylin, and ZeynÉ™b.