Nationalities in arabic

Nationalities in Arabic

Names of nationalities in Arabic are something that you should study from the very beginning of your language learning journey.

You can be sure that you are going to be asked this question a lot while talking to native speakers. Prepare well for answering and asking such a question by learning the nationalities names in Arabic.

From this post you’ll learn how to form a nationality from the name of a country for a male and female, and you’ll learn a couple of rules that will allow you to easily form the names of nationalities from each country.

Below you are also going to find a list of nationalities in Arabic along with transliteration.

If you don’t know the Arabic alphabet yet check our post Arabic alphabet – All you need to know to write in Arabic

At the end of this lesson you will be able to test your knowledge with our Nationalities in Arabic Quiz.

What is the word for nationality in Arabic?

The word nationality in Arabic is جِنْسِيَّة [jinsiyya] , plural is جِنْسِيّات [jinsiyyaat]

Nationalities in arabic

Nationalities in Arabic- rules

Below you are going to find the most important rules regarding to nationalities in Arabic explained in an easy and clear way:

1. Male nationalities in Arabic

Male nationality is made by adding -iy يّ at the end of the country name. If you are not familiar with the country names yet check our post with the full list of country names in Arabic.

Example 1

مِصْر Egypt[miSr]
مِصْرِيّEgyptian (male)[miSriy]

Example 2

لُبْنان Lebanon[lubnaan]
لُبنانيّ Lebanese (male)[lubnaaniy]

2. Female nationalities in Arabic

For female you must add suffix –iyya يّة ;

Example 1

مِصْر Egypt[MiSr]
مِصْرِيّةEgyptian (female)[MiSriyya]

Example 2

لُبْنان Lebanon[Lubnaan]
لُبْنانِيَّة Lebanese (female)[Lubnaniyya]

3. Nationalities of countries that start with Al ال

When the country starts with Al [ال] you need to remove it and then add the proper ending.

Example 1

الاُرْدُنJordan[al-Urdunn]
أُرْدُنيّ Jordanian (male)[Urduniy]
أُرْدُنِيّة Jordanian (female)[Urduniyya]

Example 2

اليابان Japan[al-Yaabaan]
يابانيّ Japanese (male)[Yaabaniy]
يابانِيَّة Japanese (female)[Yaabaaniyya]

4. Countries that end with ta marbutah or alef

If the country name ends with ta marbutah [ة] or alef [ا] you must remove it and then add the proper ending.

Example 1

أمْريكا America [Amriikaa]
أمْريكيّ American (male)[Amriikiy]
أمْريكيَّة American (female)[Amriikiyya]

Example 2

مالْطاMalta[MaalTa]
مالْطيّ Maltese (male)[MaalTiy]
مالْطِيَّة Maltese (female)[MaalTiyya]

Example 3

In this case you have both rules combined – you need to remove Al at the beginning and ta marbutah at the end so;

السُّعودِيَّة Saudi Arabia[as-sa3uudiyya]
سُعوديّ Saudi (male)[Sa3uudiy]
سُعودِيَّة Saudi (female)[Sa3uudiyya]

5. How to say English nationality in Arabic?

Of course, sometimes there are exceptions, and this is the case with England;

England in Arabic is إنْجِلْتِرا [injlitiraa] and the nationality is إنْجْليزيّ [injliiziy] for male and إنْجْليزِيَّة [injliiziyya] for female.

إنْجِلْتِرا England [injlitiraa]
إنْجْليزيّ English male[injliiziy]
إنْجْليزِيَّة English female[injliiziyya]

***There are few more exceptions but as this is the lesson for beginners we are not going to mention them all. As an exercise try to find them on the list of nationalities below.

See also: basic Arabic adjectives for beginners.

List of nationalities in Arabic

Below you will find the list of nationalities in Arabic along with the transliteration.

EnglishArabicTransliteration
AfghanأفْغانيّAfghaaniy
AlbanianألْبانيّAlbaniy
AlgerianجَزائِريّJazaa’iriy
AustralianأُسْتُراليّUsturaaliy
AustrianنَمْساويّNamsaawiy
BelgianبِلْجيكيّBiljiikiy
BrazilianبَرازيليّBaraaziliy
BulgarianبُلْغاريّBulghaariy
CanadianكَنَديّKanadiy
ChineseصينيّSiiniy
CroatianكُرْواتيّKurwaatiy
DanishدِنِمارْكيّDinmaarkiy
EgyptianمِصْريّMiSriy
EstonianإسْتونيّIstuuniy
FinnishفِنْلَنْديّFinlandiy
FrenchفَرَنْسيّFaransiy
GermanألْمانيّAlmaniy
GreekيونانيّYuinaaniy
IndianهِنْديّHindiy
IranianإيرانيّIiraaniy
Iraqiعِراقيّ3iraaqiy
ItalianإيطاليّIiTaaliy
JapaneseيابانيّYaabaaniy
KuwaitiكُوَيْتيّKuwaitiy
LibyanليبيّLiibiy
LithuanianليتوانيّLiituuaaniy
MalaysianماليزيّMaaliiziy
MexicanمِكْسيكيّMiksiikiy
MoroccanمَغْرِبيّMaghribiy
DutchهولَنْديّHuulandiy
NorwegianنُرْويجيّNurwiiji
Omaniعُمانيّ3umaaniy
PakistaniباكِسْتانيّBaakistaniy
PalestanianفِلِسْطينيّFilisTiiniy
PhilippineفِلِبِّينيّFilibbiiniy
PolishبولَنْديّBuulandiy
RussianروسيّRuusiy
KoreanكوريّKuuriy
SpanishإسْبانيّIsbaaniy
SwedishسُوَيْديّSuwaidiy
SyrianسوريّSuuriy
TaiwaneseتايْوانيّTaiwaaniy
TunisianتونِسيّTuunisiy
TurkishتُرْكيّTurkiy
UkrainianأُوكرانيّUukraaniy
EmiratiإماراتيّImaaraatiy
List of nationalities in Arabic

Nationalities in Arabic Quiz

Nationalities in Arabic Quiz

Test how well you know the names of the nationalities in Arabic with our quick Quiz. 

10 questions

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