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OTHER SCRIPTS: زواوي (Arabic)
Meaning & History
Derived from French zouave, in turn from Arabic الزواويون (al-zuwâwiyun), referring to a member one of the Algerian Kabyle tribes of Zuwâwa (also spelled Zouaoua; known as the ⵉⴳⴰⵡⴰⵡⵏ (Igawawen) in Tamazight). In modern usage, the term zouave denotes a member of a light-infantry corp in the French army, originally consisting of Kabyle Algerians. The surname is mainly found in Algeria and Tunisia.