Arabic (Maghrebi) Submitted Surnames

These names are a subset of Arabic names used more often in the Maghreb (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya). See also about Arabic names.
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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.
AMARI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Ammar (chiefly Algerian).
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.
AMINE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi variant of Amin (see Amin).
AMRANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Amran, a variant of the Arabic given name Imran.
ARFAOUI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa) meaning "to know" or أَرْفَع (ʾarfaʿ) meaning "high, lofty, elevated" (chiefly Tunisian).
AZIZI     Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi), Malaysian
From the given name Aziz.
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.
BELHADI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From an Arabic name meaning "father of Hadi" (chiefly Algerian).
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.
BELKACEM     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi form of Abu al-Qasim meaning "father of Qasim" (chiefly Algerian).
BELKALEM     Arabic (Maghrebi)
This is the surname of Essaïd Belkalem (1989-), an Algerian footballer.
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 AHMED     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Ahmed"; predominantly used in Tunisia.
BENAÏSSA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Aissa (see Isa)"; mainly used in Algeria and Morocco.
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.
BENALI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Ali"; used in Algeria and Morocco.
BEN AMOR     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Amor" (chiefly Tunisian).
BENAOUF     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown (chiefly Algerian and Mauritanian).
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.
BENHASSI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
A notable bearer is Hasna Benhassi (1978-), a retired Moroccan middle-distance runner.
BEN JEDDOU     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Mainly found in Tunisia.
BENJELLOUN     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From an Andalusian-Moroccan surname of unknown meaning.
BEN KHALIFA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Khalifa"; prevalent in Tunisia.
BEN LARBI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Larbi"; mainly found in Tunisia.
BENMOUSSA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Moussa (see Musa)".
BENNANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; mainly found in Morocco. A notable bearer is Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco (1978–), born as Salma Bennani.
BENRAMDANE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of Ben Romdhane (chiefly Algerian).
BEN ROMDHANE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Ramadan" in Arabic (chiefly Tunisian).
BEN SAID     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Sa'id", mainly used in Tunisia.
BENSAÏD     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Saïd (see Sa'id)"; mainly found in Morocco and Algeria.
BENSALEM     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Salem" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
BEN YAHIA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Yahia" in Arabic; mainly found in Tunisia.
BEN YAHYA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Yahya".
BENYAMINA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Yamina" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
BENYOUCEF     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Youcef (see Joseph)"; mainly found in Algeria.
BEN YOUNES     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Younes (see Jonah)"; predominantly used in Tunisia.
BEN YOUSSEF     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Youssef"; mainly used in Tunisia.
BEN ZAIED     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Zaied (see Zayed or Zayd)"; prevalent in Tunisia.
BENZEMA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
This is the surname of French professional footballer Karim Benzema who is of Algerian descent.
BEY     Indian (Muslim), Assamese, Turkish, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the Ottoman Turkish title بك (beg) (modern Turkish bey) meaning "ruler, chief, lord, master".
BOUALEM     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Alam" (see Boualem); mainly found in Algeria.
BOUAZIZ     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Aziz", from the Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū) meaning "father" combined with Aziz.
BOUCHAIB     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Shoaib"; mainly found in Morocco and Algeria.
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.
BOUDIAF     Arabic (Maghrebi)
A notable bearer was Mohamed Boudiaf (1919-1992), an Algerian politician and a founder of the National Liberation Front (FLN).
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)
Possibly from Arabic حَوْش (ḥawš) meaning "courtyard, enclosure, farm" (chiefly Algerian).
BOUKHALFA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Khalfa (see Khalifa)"; mainly used in Algeria.
BOUKHAROUBA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer was Algerian revolutionary and politician, Houari Boumediene (1932–1978), born Mohammed Ben Brahim Boukharouba.
BOUMEDIENE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meens "father of Mediene (see Midian)". Midian is a Biblical figure; the son of Abraham and Keturah and founder of the Midianite tribe. A famous bearer is Houari Boumediene—born Mohammed ben Brahim Boukharouba—(1932–1978), an Algerian revolutionary and president of Algeria from 1976 to 1978.
BOUTAYEB     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Tayeb" (chiefly Moroccan). A notable bearer is Brahim Boutayeb (1967–), a retired Moroccan track and field athlete.
BOUTEFLIKA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer is Abdelaziz Bouteflika (1937-), the current president of 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]
BOUZAHER     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Zaher" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
BOUZAID     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly a variant of Bouzid.
BOUZIAD     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Ziad" in Arabic.
BOUZIANE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Zayyan" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
BOUZID     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Zaid" in Arabic.
BOUZIDI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Bouzid meaning "father of Zaid (see Zayd)". This surname is mainly used in Algeria and Morocco.
BRAHIMI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Brahim (chiefly Algerian).
BRAHMI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of Brahimi used in Algeria and Tunisia.
CHERIFI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Cherif (chiefly Algerian).
CHERKAOUI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern", denoting someone who comes from the east (chiefly Moroccan).
DAHMANI     Arabic (Maghrebi), Berber
From the given name Dahmane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
DAOUDI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived drom the given name Dawud, which is the Arabic form of David; mainly found in Morocco and Algeria.
DHAOUADI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; mainly found in Tunisia.
DJABOU     Arabic (Maghrebi), Central African
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Abdelmoumene Djabou (1987-), an Algerian footballer.
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 ALAOUI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "the Alaoui" in Arabic; used predominantly in Morocco.
EL AMARI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "the Amari", from the Arabic given name Ammar. Mainly found in Morocco.
EL AMRANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "the Amrani", derived from the given name Imran (chiefly Moroccan).
EL HACHIMI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "the Hachimi" in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan).
EL IDRISSI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "the Idrissi"; derived from the given name Idriss. This surname is mainly found in Morocco.
EL JAOUHARI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "the Jaouhari" in Arabic, Jaouhari being derived from Arabic جوهر (jawhar) "jewel, precious stone, gem, essence" (see Jawahir). This surname is mainly found in Morocco.
EL OUAFI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "the Ouafi", derived from the given name Wafi. A bearer was Ahmed Boughèra El Ouafi (1898-1959), an Algerian athlete during the French rule over the country.
EL OUAZZANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "the Ouazzani", referring to the Moroccan town of Ouazzane.
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.
GHANNOUCHI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is Mohamed Ghannouchi (1941–), the former Prime Minister of Tunisia.
GHARBI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic غَرْب (ḡarb) meaning "stranger" or "west, Occident" (chiefly Tunisian).
GRIGAHCINE     Arabic (Maghrebi, Rare)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is William Grigahcine (1986–), known by his stage name DJ Snake, an Algerian-French DJ and record producer.
HACHIMI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Hashim (chiefly Moroccan).
HACHMI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi variant of Hashmi (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
HADIA     Arabic (Maghrebi), Indonesian, Pakistani
From the given name Hadia.
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.
HAFIDI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Hafid, mainly found in Morocco.
HALLICHE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
A known bearer is Rafik Halliche (1986–), an Algerian footballer.
HAMADACHE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Hamada.
HAMMAMI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Hammam (see Hamam). A bearer is Hamma Hammami (1952–), a Tunisian communist speaker. In 2014, this was the third most common surname in Tunisia.
HAMMOUDI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Hammoud (chiefly Algerian).
HANNACHI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Hanencha, the name of a semi-independent tribe inhabiting eastern Algeria and western Tunisia.
HICHEM     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Hichem, a variant of Hisham; mainly found in Algeria.
IDRISSI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Idriss (see Idris); mainly found in Morocco.
JAOUHARI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic جوهر (jawhar) meaning "jewel, precious stone, gem, essence", ultimately from Persian گوهر (gohar) (see Jawahir). This surname is mainly found in Morocco.
JELASSI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of Jlassi (chiefly Tunisian).
JENDOUBI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Jendouba, the name of a large city in north-western Tunisia, itself derived from Berber jen "market" and douba "wheat".
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.
KASMI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of Kissami, used more frequently in modern times.
KENZA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Kenza.
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.
KOURI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of Khoury.
LAAYOUNI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Most likely from Laayoune, the name of a city in the Western Sahara (chiefly Moroccan).
LABIDI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the surname El Abid or Al Abid which is ultimately from Arabic عابد (abid) "worshiper, adorer, devout" (see Abid or Abed). This surname is most commonly found in Tunisia.
LAHLOU     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic حُلْو (ḥulw) meaning "sweet" or "nice, charming, pretty" (chiefly Moroccan).
LAMARI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of El Amari meaning "the Amari (see Ammar)", mainly found in Algeria.
LEHLOU     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Rarer variant of Lahlou.
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.
MAHREZ     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer is Riyad Mahrez (1991-), an Algerian footballer.
MAKHLOUFI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Makhlouf.
MANSOURI     Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mansour (chiefly Persian and Maghrebi).
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.
MERABET     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Mainly found in Algeria.
MESSAOUDI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Messaoud.
MIMOUN     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Mimoun.
MOKRANI     Berber, Northern African, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Either from the given name Mokrane or derived from El Mokrani, a town in Algeria.
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.
MOULOUD     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mouloud.
MOULOUDI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mouloud.
NASSIRI     Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Nasir.
OUAZZANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Refers to Ouazzane, a town in northern Morocco.
OUERTANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Found mainly in Tunisia.
OUESLATI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Oueslatia, the name of a town in Tunisia.
RAHMANI     Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Rahman.
RAMDANI     Arabic (Maghrebi), Indonesian
Derived from Ramadan, which is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar devoted to fasting by Muslims.
SAADOUNE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "help", "luck" and "support".
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)... [more]
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).
SAÏDI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Saïd.
SEDDIKI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi variant of Siddiqui found mainly in Algeria.
SHALADI     Arabic (Maghrebi), Northern African
Possibly related to Arabic شَلَّال (šallāl) meaning "waterfall" (chiefly Libyan).
SHEBANI     Arabic (Maghrebi), Northern African
From the name of an Arab tribe which in turn is derived from Arabic شيب (šīb) meaning "white hair, grayness" or "cold, snow" (chiefly found in Libya).
SLIMANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Slimane (see Solomon).
SOUDANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "Sudanese", referring to a person of the country of Sudan. A bearer is El Arabi Hillel Soudani (1987-), an Algerian footballer.
STAMBOULI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "from Istanbul" (chiefly Algerian and Tunisian).
TLEMSANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Tlemcen, the name of a city in north-western Algeria.
TOUATI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Habitual family name denoting someone who originated from Touat, the name of a group of oases in the Sahara in Algeria.
TOUILBINI     Arabic (Maghrebi, Rare)
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Abdelaziz Touilbini (1978-), an Algerian boxer.
TOUNSI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the Arabic تُونِسِيّ (tūnisiyy) meaning "Tunisian"; ultimately from تُونِس (tūnis) meaning "Tunisia, Tunis". It can refer to a native of the country of Tunisia, someone from the city of Tunis (in Tunisia), or the Tunisian Tounsi dialect of Arabic.
TOUZANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; this surname is predominantly used in Morocco.
TRABELSI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic طرابلس‎‎ (Ṭarābulus) or Tamazight ⵟⵔⵉⵒⵓⵍⵉ (Ṭrables), the Arabic and Berber names for the capital city of Tripoli, Libya. The name is ultimately derived from Greek Τρίπολις (Trípolis) meaning "three cities", from τρι- (tri-) meaning "three" combined with πόλις (pólis) meaning "city"... [more]
YAHIAOUI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Yahya (chiefly Algerian).
YALAOUI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; predominantly used in Algeria.
YOUCEFI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Cognate of Yousfi (chiefly Algerian).
YOUSFI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Yousef (see Joseph).
ZAÏDI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
French transcription of Zaidi used in the Maghreb.
ZAIDI     Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic (Maghrebi), Malaysian, Muslim
Derived from the given name Zaid. Bearers of this surname are descended from Zaid ibn Ali, the great-grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
ZAOUCHE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Mainly found in Algeria.
ZEGHLACHE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Algerian surname of unknown meaning.
ZEMMAMOUCHE     Arabic (Maghrebi, Rare)
This is the surname of Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (1985–), an Algerian football player.
ZEROUAL     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "one who has blue eyes" in Amazigh through the Arabic أزرق (ʾazraq) meaning "blue". A notable bearer is Liamine Zéroual (1941–), the former president of Algeria from 1994 to 1999.
ZERROUKI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic أزرق (ʾazraq) meaning "blue" (chiefly Algerian).
ZIANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Zayyan meaning "beautifer, very beautiful".
ZIDANE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Zaydan, which in turn is derived from the Arabic زاد (zāda) meaning "to add, to increase". A famous bearer is Zinedine Zidane (1972–), a retired French footballer of Algerian descent.
ZITOUNI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived Arabic زَيْتُون (zaytūn) meaning "olive"; mainly found in Algeria.
ZOUAOUI     Arabic (Maghrebi), Berber
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)... [more]
ZOUARI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown (chiefly Tunisian).
ZOUBIR     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Zoubir; mainly used in Algeria and Morocco.
ZOUHAIR     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Zouhair; mainly used in Morocco.
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