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ABDUL GAYYOOM Dhivehi
From the Arabic name Abdul Qayyum
(عبد القيوم) meaning "servant of the eternal". This is borne by current Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom (1959-) and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom (1937-).
Sephardi Jewish surname from Arabic أبو العافية (Abū l-ʿāfiya)
, a combination of أبو (abū)
meaning "father (of)", اَل (al)
"the", and عافية (ʿāfiya)
"health, wellbeing" (see the given name Aafia
Means "son of Achak" in Pashto, from the name Achak
(referring to Achak Khan, the grandson of Barak Khan, the founder of the Barakzai
tribe) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)"... [more]
Most likely from the given name Adlei
, itself derived from Arabic عَادِل (ʿādil)
meaning "fair, just", combined with Abkhaz аҧа (āpā)
meaning "son". Alternatively, it could be from a Georgian word denoting a measure of length equal to approximately one metre, which would therefore have made it a nickname for a short person.
ADVANI Sindhi, Indian
Sindhi Hindu surname meaning "descendant of Adu
", most likely referring to the name of a past ancestor of the clan.
Means "son of the effendi", derived from the Ottoman title افندي (efendi)
meaning "lord, master".
AFGHANZADA Afghani, Persian
Means "son of the Afghan", from the Pashto and Persian exonym افغان (afǧân)
referring to an inhabitant of Afghanistan or a member of the Pashtun ethnic group combined with the Persian suffix زاده (-zâde)
Most likely derived from Abkhaz агыруа (ā́gər-uā)
meaning "Mingrelian, farm labourer, serf", historically used to refer to the Mingrelians, an ethic sub-group of the Georgians. Alternatively, it could be from Abkhaz агара (āgārā)
meaning "to take" or "to bring"... [more]
Russified form of an Ossetian surname possibly meaning “colourless fire”.
From the given name Ahmad
combined with the Persian suffix -زاده (-zâde)
Means "son of Ahmad", from the given name Ahmad
combined with Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son". This is the name of a Pashtun Wazir tribe in Pakistan and a Ghilji tribe in Afghanistan.... [more]
AÏT Berber, Northern African
Derived from Tamazight ⴰⵢⵜ (aït)
meaning "son", also commonly used a component for compound names and surnames.
Derived from Abkhaz akhba
meaning "elder" or аб (āb)
ALAKOZAI Pashto, Afghani
Means "son of Alako
", a combination of Alako
(referring to the son of King Zirak Khan) and Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Alakozai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan.
ALAM Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Hindi, Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Indonesian, Afghani
Means "flag, banner, emblem", derived from the Arabic علم ('alam)
ALAMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic عَلِيم (ʿalīm)
meaning "knowing, learned, education" (see Alim
), mainly used in a religious context.
ALAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means “relating to Ali (1)
” in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan). This is the name of the current ruling royal family of Morocco founded in 1631.
Russified form of an Ossetian name derived from Loir
, the name of a village in present-day North Ossetia-Alania.
ALGERIE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the French Algérie
meaning "Algeria" (referring directly to the country itself). It also refers to someone from Annaba, Algeria.
Means "the Ghamdi", referring to the Ghamd tribe of Saudi Arabia.
ALHAMBRA Filipino, Spanish
From the Spanish alhambra
which in turn is derived from Arabic الْحَمْرَاء (Al-Ḥamrā)
meaning "the red one", ultimately from the Arabic أَحْمَر (ʾaḥmar)
Means “belonging to war” from Arabic حَرْب (ḥarb)
meaning “war, fight, battle”.
ALIEV Chechen, Avar, Lak, Kumyk, Lezgin, Dargin, Uzbek, Tajik, Kazakh, Azerbaijani, Crimean Tatar, Turkmen, Kyrgyz
Means "son of Ali (1)
From the given name Ali (1)
combined with the Persian suffix زاده (-zâde)
Means "descendant of Ali” from the given name Ali (1)
combined with Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Alizai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Means “the Mutairi” referring to the Mutayr (مطير) tribe of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Means “the Otaibi”, referring to the Otaibah (عتيبة) tribe of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian peninsula.
Means "the Qahtani
" in Arabic, referring to a member of the Qahtanite people from the southern Arabian Peninsula and Yemen.
AL SAUD Arabic
From Arabic سُعُود (suʿūd)
, the verbal noun form of سَعَدَ (saʿada)
meaning "to be fortunate, to be propitious". This is the name of the House of Saud (آل سعود), the ruling Royal Family of Saudi Arabia... [more]
Means "the Levantine, the Syrian" from Arabic شَامِيّ (šāmiyy)
meaning "Levantine, Syrian, Damascene".
Means "the Shehri" in Arabic, referring to the Shehri (شهري) tribe of Saudi Arabia.
From Arabic الثاني (althani)
meaning "the second". This is the family name of the House of Thani, the ruling family of Qatar.
Means “the Zahrani” in Arabic, referring to the Zahran (زهران) sub-tribe of the Azd (أزد) of Saudi Arabia. The name itself is derived from Arabic زهراني (zahran)
meaning "flowering, blossoming", ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra)
meaning "flower, blossom" (see Zahrah
Derived from Sanskrit अमर (amara)
meaning “undying, immortal, imperishable” combined with शेखर (śekhara)
meaning "crown, crest, wreath" or "peak, summit".
Derived from Sanskrit अमर (amara)
meaning “undying, immortal, imperishable” combined with सिंह (siṃhá)
AMIDANE Northern African, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; used by the native Sahrawi people of the disputed region of Western Sahara. Two known bearers are El Wali Amidane (1986-) and Elkouria Amidane (1985-), both Sahrawi human rights activists.
Derived from the Ancient Greek name Andronikos
. This was the surname of an important family in Georgia that contributed to politics and military, before the seizure of the country by Russia.
Means "son of silver" from Abkhaz араʒны (ārāʒnə)
"silver" and аҧа (āpā)
ARFAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa)
meaning "to know" or أَرْفَع (ʾarfaʿ)
meaning "high, lofty, elevated" (chiefly Tunisian).
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz name Арстаа (Arstaa)
ultimately derived from the Ancient Greek personal name Aristarchus
ARORA Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Sindhi
Hindu and Sikh name derived from اروهڙ (Aror)
, the name of the former capital of Sindh, India (now a part of Pakistan and known as Rohri). The name itself is derived from Hindi and Punjabi Aur
meaning "someone else", used by the past Aroras to escape persecution.
Most likely from a contracted form of Arabic أَرْشَد (ʾaršad)
meaning "most sensible, most reasonable" or Persian ارشد (arshad)
"senior, superior, eldest" combined with Abkhaz аԥа (āpā)
Topographic surname denoting someone who dwelled by an ash tree, from Middle English asche
"ash tree" combined with the suffix -er
ASHIQ Pakistani, Punjabi, Urdu
From Arabic عَاشِق (ʿāšiq)
meaning "in love with, enamored, infatuated" or "admirer, lover, adorer", ultimately from عِشْق (ʿišq)
"being in love".
ASHKENAZI Hebrew, Jewish
From the name of a kingdom referenced in the Hebrew Bible named Ashkenaz
, also used to refer to Jews living in Europe or Slavic countries. The name itself is mostly likely derived from Assyrian Aškūza
, in turn, the Assyrians probably based the name off of that of the Scythians.
Possibly from Abkhaz ашә (āš°)
meaning "cheese" or "beech" or ашәа (āš°ā)
Ingush name derived from Nakh ауш (aush)
or аус (aus)
literally meaning "rock, slope", figuratively meaning "strong, solid, confident".
From Georgian ავი (avi)
meaning "currish, severe, sullen" combined with ძე (dze)
"son" and Abkhaz аԥа (āpā)
"son". The name was most likely borne by Georgians under the spelling Avidze, which was modified with the Abkhaz suffix -ba
after migration to Abkhazia.
AYARI Arabic (Maghrebi), Persian
Derived from Arabic عَيَّار (ʿayyār)
or Persian عیار (ayyâr)
meaning "vagabond, loafer, idler" (chiefly Tunisian).
Derived from the Arabic عَظَمَة (ʿaẓama)
meaning "majesty, glory".
AZOULAY Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish surname of disputed meaning; it may be derived from French azur
or Spanish azul
both meaning "blue" (of Persian origin), from Tamazight izîl
meaning "good, pure, sublime", or from an acronym of the Hebrew Biblical passage אִשָּׁ֨ה זֹנָ֤ה וַחֲלָלָה֙ לֹ֣א יִקָּ֔חוּ (’iš-šāh zō-nāh wa-ḥă-lā-lāh lō yiq-qā-ḥū)
meaning "They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane".
Korean form of Bai
, from Sino-Korean 白 (baek)
Possibly derived from Bandāra, a group of guardian deities in the Sinhala Buddhist faith. The term was also used to refer to high officials within the Sinhala Kingdom.
From বাংলা (Bangla)
, the endonym of the Bengali people, the region of Bengal (including Bangladesh), and the Bengali language. The word itself is derived either from Vanga
, the name of an ancient kingdom on the Indian subcontinent, or from an Austric word meaning "sun god".
Means "son of Barak”, from the given name Barak (2)
combined with Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Barakzai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
BARON English, French
From the title of nobility, derived from Middle English & Old French baron
(ultimately of Germanic origin). Instead of referring to someone of rank, this surname referred to a service in a baronial household or a peasant with ideas above their station... [more]
From Old French basset
, which is a diminutive of basse
meaning "low, short". It was either used as a nickname for a short person or someone of humble origins.
BEIFONG Popular Culture
Surname of Toph from the American TV show "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Could be derived from the Chinese word "北方 (Běifāng)" meaning "north".
BEKHTI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic بخت (bakht)
"fortune, chance" (see the Persian name Bakhtiar
); mainly found in Algeria. A notable bearer is Leïla
Bekhti (1984-), a French actress of Algerian origin.
BELHADJ Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of the pilgrim", from Arabic حَاجّ (ḥājj)
meaning "pilgrim" (chiefly Algerian and Tunisian). It mainly refers to a Muslim who has embarked on the Hajj to Mecca.
Derived from Russian белый (belyy)
meaning "white, fair".
BEN Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi variant of Arabic بْن (bn)
, a form of اِبْن (ibn)
meaning "son (of), offspring". It is often used as a prefix for other Maghrebi patronymic names (such as Benali
"son of Ali
" or Ben Amor
"son of Amor
BEN ALI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Ali (1)
" in Arabic (chiefly Tunisian). A notable bearer is Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936-), the second President of Tunisia.
BEN HADJ Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of the pilgrim"; the title Hadj
refers to a Muslim who has successfully completed the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This surname is mainly found in Tunisia.
BENKIRANE Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic بْن (bn)
meaning "son" combined with كِيرَان (kīrān)
meaning "forges, furnaces", possibly denoting descent of a blacksmith or metalworker (chiefly Moroccan).
BENNANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; mainly found in Morocco. A notable bearer is Princess Lalla Salma
of Morocco (1978–), born as Salma Bennani.
From the name of a village located in the Piedmont province in Italy. A notable bearer is Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio), the current Pope of the Catholic Church.
Possibly derived from the given name Beshim. A known bearer is Bakyt Beshimov, the deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan.
Russified form of an Ossetian name from Ossetian бистэ (biste)
meaning "village, suburb". Alternatively, it could be derived from Persian به (beh)
meaning "good, excellent, better"... [more]
BHARUCHA Indian (Parsi)
From the name of a city (Bharuch) in Gujarat, India. The name itself is derived from Bhrigu
, a figure in Hindu mythology.
Habitual surname for someone from Bingley in West Yorkshire, derived either from the given name Bynna
or the Old English element bing
meaning "hollow" and leah
meaning "woodland clearing"... [more]
From the Old French word blund
which means "blonde, fair". It also coincides with the Middle English word blunt
meaning "dull". A famous bearer is Emily Blunt, a British actress.
BONIADI Persian (Rare)
Most likely derived from Persian بنياد (Bonīād)
, the name of a village in the Bushehr Province of Iran. A notable bearer is Iranian-American actress Nazanin
BOUAZIZI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means “father of Aziz
” in Arabic (chiefly Maghrebi). A notable bearer was Mohamed Bouazizi (1984-2011), a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire. His death initiated the start of the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution.
BOUCHAREB Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of the moustache" or "father of the drinker", from the Arabic بو (bu)
"father (of)" and شَارِب (šārib)
meaning "drinking, drinker" or "moustache". It is mainly found in Algeria.
BOUHIRED Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is Djamila
Bouhired (1935-), an Algerian militant and nationalist who opposed the French rule over Algeria.
BOUHOUCHE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Most likely from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father" and حَوْش (ḥawš)
meaning "courtyard, enclosure, farm" (chiefly Algerian).
BOUTELLA Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of the mountain, father of the hill", from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father" and تَلّ (tall)
"hill, foothill" (chiefly Algerian).... [more]
BUTT Punjabi, Urdu
Most likely derived from Sanskrit भटट (bhatt)
From Chinese 蔡 (cài)
referring to the ancient state of Cai during the Zhou
Derived from Spanish caldera
meaning "basin, crater, hollow", ultimately from Latin caldarium
both meaning "hot bath, cooking pot". The word also denotes a depression in volcanoes, and it is commonly used as an element for surnames denoting streams or mountains.
Turkish surname derived from the elements can
meaning "spirit", "life", or "heart" and demir
CASAGRANDE Spanish, Italian
From the Spanish & Italian words casa
meaning "house" and grande
meaning "big"; literally means "big house".
CHAKRABORTY Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Means "ruler of a country" or "emperor", from Sanskrit चक्र (cakrá)
meaning "wheel, circle" combined with वर्तते (vártate)
meaning "to turn, to roll". The name literally means "turning wheels" or "rolling wheels", but metaphorically denotes a ruler whose chariot's wheels roll without hindrance or obstruction.
Means "gardener", from Persian چمن (čaman)
meaning "lawn, meadow, orchard" combined with آرا (ârâ)
"to arrange, to decorate".
English form of Chappell
. Derived from the Old French word chape
meaning "cape", "hooded cloak" or "hat". This surname is for a person who makes hats / capes or a wearer of hats and / or capes... [more]