Mahdi name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Mahdi mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Mahdi

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. 3 submissions from the United States and the United Kingdom agree the name Mahdi means "The guided one" and is of Arabic origin.
  2. 2 submissions from the United States and Canada agree the name Mahdi means "Rightly guided" and is of Arabic origin.
  3. 3 people from Iran, Islamic Republic of and the United States agree the name Mahdi is of Arabic origin and means "Guided".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mah"di
Among Mohammedans, the last imam or leader of the faithful. The Sunni, the largest sect of the Mohammedans, believe that he is yet to appear.

Note: ☞ The title has been taken by several persons in countries where Mohammedanism prevails, -- notably by Mohammad Ahmed, who overran the Egyptian Sudan, and in 1885 captured Khartum, his soldiers killing General Gordon, an Englishman, who was then the Egyptian governor of the region.

Etymology: Ar., guide, leader

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Islam) a messianic leader who (according to popular Muslim belief) will appear before the end of the world and restore justice and religion

From Arabic مَهْدِيّ‎ (mahdiyy, “guided one”).

  1. (Sunni Islam) A leader who, according to Sunni eschatology, will appear and restore peace and justice before the end of the world. [from 17th c.]
    Ahmadis consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmed to be the .
  2. (Twelver Shiite Islam) Muhammad b. Hasan al-Mahdi, the last of the Twelve Imams, born in 868 AD but believed alive and present in this world in a state of occultation; officially the head of state of the Islamic Republic of Iran; similarly to Sunni belief he will reappear before the end of time.

Notable Persons Named Mahdi

Notable Persons Named Mahdi

Mahdi Ali

Mahdi Ali is a soccer player for the United Arab Emirates national football team and Al-Ahli Dubai F.C. Mahdi was born on April 20th, 1965 in Dubai. Mahdi is also known as Redha and Mahdi.

Mahdi Al Tajir

Mahdi al-Harati

Mahdi al-Harati is a Mayor of Tripoli and Mayor ofTripoli. Mahdi was born in 1973 in Tripoli.

Mahdi Pakdel

Mahdi Pakdel is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1973. Mahdi was born Mahdi Pakdel on July 1st, 1980 in Isfahan.

Mahdi ElMandjra

Mahdi ElMandjra was a futurist, economist, sociologist, futures studies, sociology, and economistandsociologist. Mahdi was born on March 13th, 1933 in Rabat, Morocco. He breathed his last breath on June 13th, 2014.

Mahdi Kamel

Mahdi Kamel is a soccer player for the Al Shorta SC, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, Iraq national under-20 football team, Iraq national under-23 football team, and Iraq national football team. Mahdi was born on January 6th, 1995 in Baghdad.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Mahdi

Notable Persons With the Last Name Mahdi

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present. Alexander was given the name Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abdurrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdul Karim El Mahdi on November 21st, 1965 in Sudan. Alexander is also known as Siddig El Fadil.

Muhsin Mahdi

Muhsin was born in 1926. He left this life in 2007.

Ahmad al-Faqi Mahdi

Ahmad was born in Mali. Ahmad is also known as Abu Tourab.

Salah Mahdi

Salah was born on February 9th, 1925 in Tunis. He left this life on September 12th, 2014.

Professor Mandour El Mahdi

Professor Mandour El Mahdi was a Principal of the Institute of Education 1968–1970. Professor was born in 1919 in Umbukole. He breathed his last breath in 1981.

Mohammad Amin El Mahdi

Mohammad was born on November 23rd, 1936.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mahdi U.S.
  White 39.16% 64.26%
  African American 39.73% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 11.20% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 7.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mahdi

People with the last name Mahdi are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Mahdi

  • How Popular is the name Mahdi? Mahdi is the 7,228th most popular name of all time. As a last name Mahdi was the 21,157th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mahdi have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,890 babies born with the first name Mahdi in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mahdi to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mahdi? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1959 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Mahdi first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mahdi is Friday, December 22nd, 1922.
  • What year had the most people named Mahdi born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mahdi was in 2015 with a total of 98 babies.
  • Random Mahdi Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mahdi is not a popular baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, only 22 babies in Michigan have the same name in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Mahdi: The name spelled backwards is Idham. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Miadh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mahdi? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,241 people with the last name Mahdi.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mahdi? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Mahdi as their last name since less than 1 person in 238k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Mahdi name meaning

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