Quick Facts on Kareem
- African-American, Arabic
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Kareem
Kareem is a variant of Karīm (كريم) which means “noble, generous” in Arabic. The name was made popular among English speakers thanks to superstar American basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (b. 1947). Born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr., Abdul-Jabbar adopted the Arabic name in keeping with his Islamic faith (Kareem was raised Catholic but later became a Muslim in his 20s). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar distinguished himself as a college basketball player at UCLA in the late 1960s, was subsequently drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1969 before finally finding a permanent home with the Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989). We know that Kareem means “generous and noble”; Abdul-Jabbar means “servant of the mighty one” (i.e., Allah). Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. converted to Islam because, as he says in his own words: “I was latching on to something that was part of my heritage, because many of the slaves who were brought here were Muslims.” Many other Black people did the same; it is the African-American people of the United States who have done more to popularize the usage of Arabic names.
Popularity of the Name Kareem
Kareem first appeared on the American male naming charts in 1972. This was at the very beginning of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s professional career and the year following his noteworthy name change. The name debuted high on the charts (at position #405). While this is only considered low-moderate usage, it’s an impressive start. The highest Kareem ever reached on the charts was at #367 in 1977. Kareem’s success has mainly been restricted to the African-American community in the United States. Other Blacks have used Kareem in the same vein as the basketball luminary – i.e., in celebration of their heritage. Indeed, a “noble” reason.
Popularity of the Boy Name Kareem
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kareem
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kareem
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Popular Songs on Kareem
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Kareem
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Famous People Named Kareem
Famous People Named Kareem - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (basketball player); Kareem Rush (basketball player); Kareem McKenzie (football player); Kareem Brown (football player)
Children of Famous People Named Kareem
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Personality of the Boy Name Kareem
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Variations of the Baby Name - Kareem