Arif (Arabic: ????) is a popular and common given name in various Muslim countries of Asia, such as Turkey, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Malaysia. It means ‘smart’, ‘knowledgeable’ or ‘wise’ (Literally, “one who knows”) in Arabic.
The Arabic word ‘arif has also been borrowed into the “street language” (vernacular) of Amharic and other Ethiopian languages, but with a change of meaning: it is used as a slang term corresponding to English “cool”, “neat-o”, etc.