Shirin is a Persian female name meaning “sweet; pleasant”. One famous Shirin was a Persian queen, the wife of Khosrow II, the last great Sasanian king of Iran. She and Khosrow feature in Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh (meaning Book of Kings, an epic long poem about the mythical history of the Persian empire) as well as an epic poem titled Khosrow and Shirin, written as a tragic romantic poem written by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi; it had little to do with the actual historical figures. Very little of Shirin’s early life is unknown, though she was a Christian and possibly of Armenian heritage.
Interestingly enough, the earliest mention of the queen Shirin is as Sira and it’s possible that, if this Shirin was from Armenia, her name may be derived from Armenian sirun սիրուն meaning “beauty, lovely, pretty”, via Old Armenian sēr սէր (love) derived from a PIE root word; and the suffix -un.
Origin: Persian, Proto-Indo-European
- Shireen (Persian)
- Shereen (Persian)
- Şirin (Turkish, Kurdish)