A kunya. What is a kunya? A kunya (Arabic: كنية) is an honorific widely used in place of given names through the Arab world and the medieval Muslim world. It is a component of an Arabic name, and a type of epithet(attribution) referring to the person's first-born son or daughter or parents. Men go by either:
- Abu ~ (the father of ~)
- Or Ibn ~ (the son of ~) .
Women go by either:
- Umm ~ (the mother of ~)
- Or Bint ~ (the daughter of ~).
For instance my personal Kunya is Bint Khaled...which differs from my webname: VeiledKnight. But my besties still call me by my first name (so do my sibs and family). In my opinion, it is best for people from the opposite gender to call each other by their Kunya rather than their first name. It is more respectful that way and less hinting towards anything.
What's your Kunya? Let us know...
For Allah. For Islam.