Arabic Submitted Surnames
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Means "father of rouphael
" in Arabic, used especially in Lebanon and the Maghreb region (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia).
AKBAR Pakistani, Bengali (Muslim), Indonesian, Indian (Muslim), Afghani, Arabic, Persian
From the given name Akbar
, itself derived from the Arabic أَكْبَر (’akbar)
"greater, greatest", the elative degree of كَبِير (kabīr)
"big, large, great". It is most widely used in the Islamic takbir: الله أكبر (Allāhu Akbar)
meaning "God is the greatest".
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)
Maghrebi (Moroccan) form of Alawi
meaning "descendants of Ali
". This surname usually refers to the descendants of the Moroccan Alaouite dynasty/royal family founded in 1631. In 2014, this was the second most common surname in Morocco.
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 Ghamd", referring to a member of the Ghamd tribe of Saudi Arabia.
originally an arabic name but has been used by english speakers. the name means "recognized" or "famous". in other languages it means "one who represents us" and in some languages translates as "flag"
ALMAZAN Arabic, Persian
meaning "from a diamond" in Arabic. it is usually from people with Persian backgrounds around the area of present day Iran and Lebanon.
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 Shehri", referring to a member of the Shehri 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.
From the Arabic زهراني (zahran)
meaning "flowering, blossoming"; ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra)
meaning "flower, blossom" (see Zahrah
). This surname is prevalent in Saudi Arabia.
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.
Means "amber" in Arabic (see English name Amber
). Notable actress Nihal Anbar was born in 1960.
ARFAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa)
meaning "to know" or أَرْفَع (ʾarfaʿ)
meaning "high, lofty, elevated" (chiefly Tunisian).
Meaning "most honourable one" in Arabic, originally from an honorific.
Arabic from a shortened form of Aba
, accusative case of Abu
BAZZI Arabic, Iranian
Probably from Arabic baezii ‘foster brother(s)’, unrelated children breast-fed by the same wet nurse.
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.
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
"; mainly used in Tunisia. A famous bearer is Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936-), the former and 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.
BENNANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; mainly found in Morocco. A notable bearer is Princess Lalla Salma
of Morocco (1978–), born as Salma Bennani.
BENZEMA Arabic (Maghrebi)
This is the surname of French professional footballer Karim Benzema who is of Algerian descent.
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.
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]
CHERKAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy)
meaning "eastern", denoting someone who comes from the east (chiefly Moroccan).
DJAZAIRI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic الجزائر (al-Jazā’ir)
meaning "the islands", referring to the country of Algeria or referring to an Algerian person. This surname could be used to refer to someone from the city of Algiers, or just a general Algerian person.
EL MAHDY Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "the Mahdi", derived from the Arabic مهدي (mahdī)
meaning "guided one, rightly guided" (see Mahdi
), referring to a redeemer in Islam.
It means "the narrative (which refers to the title of a chapter of the Quran)".
It means "the intercessor (which refers to the Prophet of Islam, who will hopefully intercede on one's behalf before God on the day of judgement)".
Either means "potter, pottery maker" from the Arabic fukhar
or derived from فَاخِر (fāḵir)
meaning "proud, boasting, outstanding, excellent".
From the Arabic فَارِس (fāris)
meaning "knight, horseman, rider" (see Faris
In Islam Imam Hussain's brother (Abbas) was named Fazal, however he was not his biological brother. Imam Hasan was his biological brother. Fazal was rather referred to as Abbas, in his life (c. 566 – c. 653 CE) he was referred to as Abbas and is also referred to today as Abbas
GADDAFI Arabic (Maghrebi), Northern African
From the name of an Libyan Berber tribe named Qadhadhfa
, possibly meaning "thrower, archer" from Arabic قَذَفَ (qaḏafa)
meaning "to throw". A famous bearer was Muammar
Gaddafi (1942–2011), a Libyan politician and revolutionary.
HADJ Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic حاج (ḥājj)
meaning "pilgrim", ultimately from حج (ḥajj)
meaning "pilgrimage", referring to the mandatory Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This surname is mainly used in Algeria.
Habitational name from Arabic Halabi, adjectival derivative of Halab "Aleppo", a city in Syria.
HANNACHI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Hanencha
, the name of a semi-independent tribe inhabiting eastern Algeria and western Tunisia.
Denotes someone who was originally from the region of Hejaz in western Saudi Arabia.
IQBAL Pakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Punjabi, Kashmiri, Arabic, Afghani, Pashto, Indonesian, Muslim
From the given name Iqbal
JAOUHARI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic جوهر (jawhar)
meaning "jewel, precious stone, gem, essence", ultimately from Persian گوهر (gohar)
). This surname is mainly found in Morocco.
JENDOUBI Arabic (Maghrebi)
, the name of a large city in north-western Tunisia, itself derived from Berber jen
"market" and douba
JLASSI Arabic (Maghrebi), Berber
From the name of an Tamazight (Berber) tribal confederation in Tunisia; the name could be from Arabic إِخْلَاص (ʾiḵlāṣ)
meaning "sincerity, devotion, loyalty" or of unknown Berber meaning.
KASSEM Arabic, Persian
Kassem, Kassim, Kasim, or Qasim \q(a)-sim\ is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Kassem is "charitable, generous; one who gives to the people".... [more]
Means "priest" in Arabic, ultimately from the Latin curia
"court". The meaning denotes a Christian priest, therefore the surname is used by Arab Christians.
KISSAMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic قاسمي (qāsimi)
meaning "descendants / followers of Qasim", ultimately from Arabic قاسم (qāsim)
meaning "one who divides goods among his people". This was the name of a Moroccan family descended from sharifs and the idrisid dynasty.
LAHLOU Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic حُلْو (ḥulw)
meaning "sweet" or "nice, charming, pretty" (chiefly Moroccan).
MAGHRIBI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic المغرب (al-Maghrib)
meaning "the west", also referring to the country of Morocco. It could be used to refer to a Moroccan person or (in English) someone from the Maghreb region of Northern Africa.
Lebanese Druze name possibly derived from Arabic مَلْعَب (malʿab)
meaning "scene, theatre, sport".
MALIK Indian (Muslim), Odia, Bengali (Muslim), Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Arabic, Indonesian, Nigerian
From the Arabic ملك (malik)
meaning "king, sovereign, monarch" (see Malik (1)
MARZOUKI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Marzouq
(chiefly Tunisian and Moroccan). A notable bearer is Moncef Marzouki (1945-), the 4th President of Tunisia from 2011 to 2014.
MASIH Arabic, Indian
مسيح Arabic name meaning "Christian". a common surname among Christians in Pakistan.
MEKKY Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "of Mecca", referring to the Islamic holy city in Saudi Arabia. The name itself is derived from the Arabic form of the city's name, مكة (makka)
MESSI African, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
Variation of Musleh. Means "peacemaker" or "social reformer" in Arabic.
MOHAMMAD Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Kashmiri, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Pakistani, Arabic, Persian, Afghani, Pashto, Punjabi
From the given name Mohammad
MOUJAHID Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic مُجَاهِد (mujāhid)
meaning "one who is labouring, one who is in distress", also used to refer to a member of a liberation army in Muslim countries. It is chiefly found in Morocco.
MUSLIM Arabic, Indonesian, Pakistani, Indian (Muslim)
From the Arabic مُسْلِم (muslim)
, the active participle of أَسْلَمَ (ʾaslama)
"to surrender, expose" (from the same root of the word Islam
). The term denotes a follower of Islam.
The name of a family of Lebanese goldsmiths descended from the Ottoman Prince Hanna, the name itself refers to the actual sound the hammer makes as it hits the gold. This is the French spelling but the original Arabic spelling is äÞÑæÑ ; other spellings in the Latin alphabet include Nakrour and Nacrur.
From a personal name based on Arabic nāfi meaning‘beneficial’, ‘profitable’.This surname is commonly found in America than Arabic speaking countries.
RAHMAN Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Pakistani, Malay, Arabic, Afghani, Assamese, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu
From the given name Rahman
, used throughout the Muslim world.
Derived from the given name Safi
; unrelated to the name of the Pashtun tribe.
SAHARAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic صحراوي (Ṣaḥrāwī)
meaning "inhabitant of the desert" (from صحراء (Ṣaḥrā')
"desert"), referring to the indigenous Sahrawi people of Western Sahara (see Sahraoui
SAHRAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic صَحْرَاوِيّ (ṣaḥrāwiyy)
meaning "inhabitant of the desert, having to do with the desert", ultimately from صَحْرَاء (ṣaḥrāʾ)
"desert" (chiefly Algerian).
SALAHUDDIN Arabic, Pakistani
Arabic origin; anglicized form is 'Saladin'. A compound name, it is formed by the root words of 'islah' (corrector) + 'deen' (faith).