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Means "servant of the anointed (Christ)" from Arabic عبد ال (‘abd al)
meaning "servant of the" and مسيح (masīḥ)
meaning "anointed, Messiah, Christ", used by Arabic-speaking Christians.
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-).
Means "son of Abdylday
" from a given name either derived from Arabic Abdullah
or from Arabic عبد ال (ʿabd al)
meaning "servant of the" combined with the Turkish word day
meaning "support, foundation".
Derived from Georgian აფხაზი (apxazi)
meaning "Abkhaz person". Alternatively, it may be of Adjarian origin (referring to the Adjara region of Georgia) from the Muslim name Abkhas
derived from Arabic أَب (ʾab)
meaning "father" and خَاصّ (ḵāṣṣ)
Means "Abkhaz person" in Georgian, referring to a member of the Abkhaz ethnic group inhabiting the Black Sea coast. This was the name of a Georgian family of princely status descended from the Shervashidze ruling family of Abkhazia.
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]
Derived from Turkish açık
meaning "open, opened" and göz
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)
AGBAJE Nigerian, Yoruba
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Adewale
Akinnuoye-Agbaje (1967-), an English actor and model of Yoruba Nigerian descent.
Habitational name from a place named Aginaga
, from Basque (h)agin
meaning "yew tree" combined with -aga
, a collective suffix.
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]
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]
From the Sino-Korean 安 (ān)
meaning "calm, peaceful, tranquil, quiet".
As a Finnish surname, it is derived from Finnish aho
"glade", "forest clearing". It was also formerly a popular ornamental name in Northern Finland, especially among Swedes living there. It is now a 'protected' surname in Finland, which means someone may only bear it via birthright or marriage.... [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.
Means "the perfumer, the druggist" from Arabic عَطَّار (ʿaṭṭār)
"perfumer, druggist, pharmacist".
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
Refers to the Alhambra, a palace complex located in Granada, Spain. The name itself is of Arabic origin, derived from Arabic الْحَمْرَاء (Al-Ḥamrā)
meaning "the red one" or, ultimately, from 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.
Habitational name demoting someone originally from the municipality of Almazán
in Castile and León, Spain. The name itself is derived from Arabic المكان المحصن (al-makān al-ḥiṣn)
meaning "the fortified place" or "the stronghold".
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.
ALVI Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim)
Derived from Arabic علوي (ʿalawiyy)
meaning "pertaining to Ali (1)
". The Alvi are a Muslim clan from India and Pakistan claiming descent from Ali ibn Abi Talib (601-661), a cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad
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)
AMARI Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 甘 (ama)
meaning "sweet" combined with 利 (ri)
meaning "profit, benefit".
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 Persian انار (anâr)
meaning "pomegranate" combined with Turkic bay
meaning "rich, wealthy".
Derived from Tuvan анай (anay)
meaning "goat, kid" combined with оол (ool)
meaning "son, boy".
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 Anwar" in Pashto, from the given name Anwar
combined with Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)".
From Japanese 安 (an)
meaning "calm, peaceful" combined with 西 (sai)
meaning "west", 斎 (sai)
meaning "worship, religious meals", or 済 (sai)
meaning "settle, finish".
From Japanese 新 (ara)
meaning "new" or 荒 (ara)
meaning "rough, wild" combined with 井 (i)
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)
Derived from Astana
, the name of the capital city of Kazakhstan. Its name is derived from Persian آستانه (âstâne)
Means "son of Aubakir
", from a given name of Arabic origin derived from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father (of)" combined with بكير (bakir)
possibly meaning "learner, student" or بَكَرَ (bakara)
meaning "to get up early" (figuratively meaning "early ripened" or "quickly learned")... [more]
AUSHEV Ingush (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush surname derived from Nakh ауш (aush)
or аус (aus)
literally meaning "rock, slope", figuratively meaning "strong, solid, confident".
Derived 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.
From the given name Aviv
, also meaning "spring (the season)" in Hebrew.
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".
Means "riding ground" in Japanese from 馬 (ba)
"horse" combined with 場 (ba)
"place, ground, field".
Korean form of Bai
, from Sino-Korean 白 (baek)
BAGATSING Filipino, Hiligaynon
Indian Filipino name derived from Sanskrit भगत (bhagat)
meaning "devotee, follower" combined with सिंह (siṃhá)
BAHŞIŞ Crimean Tatar
Derived from Persian بخشش (baxšeš)
meaning "forgiveness, amnesty" or بخشیش (bakhšīš)
meaning "present, gratuity, reward".
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".
From Aramaic בְּרָא (b'rā)
meaning "son, child" or Hebrew בָּר (bar)
meaning "grain, cereal".
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.
Possibly derived from an Adyghe word meaning "band, lace", referring to someone who made ropes or binding tapes, or from a Chechen word referring to a tailor.
Means "son of the boyar", derived from Russian барин (barin)
meaning "boyar, nobleman" or "sir, master".
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]
Means "of Bar", referring to the city of Bar in the Vínnitsya Oblast.
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.
BASUMATARY Indian, Bodo, Assamese
From a Sanskritized form of the Bodo name बसुमातारी (Baisamatari)
, which meant "mother earth" or "earthly folks". The name was originally used by landowners or landlords.
Tagalog Filipino surname meaning "iron stone", from Tagalog bato
"stone" combined with bakal
BAZ-OOL Tuvan (Rare)
Means "another boy" from Tuvan база (baza)
meaning "also, too, another" combined with оол (ool)
Derived from Georgian ბაზი (bazi)
meaning "falcon" or from a given name derived from Tatar базу (bazu)
meaning "to dare" (given in hopes that a son would become a warrior).
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.