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AISSAOUIA عيساوية Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name AÏSSA
(chiefly used in Algeria). This is also the name of a town in Médéa Province, Algeria.
ALAMI علمي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic عَلِيم (ʿalīm)
meaning "knowing, learned, education" (see ALIM
), mainly used in a religious context.
ALGERIE الجزائر Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the French Algérie
meaning "Algeria" (referring directly to the country itself). It also refers to someone from Annaba, Algeria.
AMIDANE اميدين 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.
ARFAOUI عرفاوي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly derived from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa)
meaning "to know" or أَرْفَع (ʾarfaʿ)
meaning "high, lofty, elevated" (chiefly Tunisian).
AYARI عياري Arabic (Maghrebi), Persian
Derived from Arabic عَيَّار (ʿayyār)
or Persian عیار (ayyâr)
meaning "vagabond, loafer, idler" (chiefly Tunisian).
BEKHTI بختي 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 بالحاج 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 بن 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 بن علي Arabic (Maghrebi), Comorian
Maghrebi transcription of Arabic بن علي (bin Ali)
meaning "son of ALI (1)
". A notable bearer was Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936-2019), who served as the president of Tunisia from 1987 to 2011.
BEN HADJ بن حاج 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 بن كيران 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 بناني Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; mainly found in Morocco. A notable bearer is Princess Lalla SALMA
of Morocco (1978–), born as Salma Bennani.
BENZEMA بنزيما Arabic (Maghrebi)
This is the surname of French professional footballer Karim Benzema who is of Algerian descent.
BOUAZIZI بوعزيزي 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... [more]
BOUCHAREB بوشارب Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of the moustache" or "father of the drinker" from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father" and شَارِب (šārib)
meaning "moustache" or "drinker".
BOUHIRED بوحيرد Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is DJAMILA
Bouhired (1935-), an Algerian militant and nationalist who opposed the French rule over Algeria.
BOUMEDIENE بومدين Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of MIDIAN
" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian). A notable bearer was HOUARI
Boumediene (1932-1978), born as MOHAMED
ben Brahim Boukharouba, an Algerian revolutionary who served as the second President of Algeria from 1976-1978.
BOUTELLA بوتلة Arabic (Maghrebi, Rare)
Means "father of the mountain" or "father of the hill", from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father (of)" and تَلّ (tall)
meaning "hill, foothill". Two notable bearers include father and daughter Safy
(1950-) and Sofia
(1982-) Boutella, an Algerian singer and an Algerian-French actress, respectively.
CHERKAOUI شرقاوي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy)
meaning "eastern", denoting someone who comes from the east (chiefly Moroccan).
DJAZAIRI جزائري 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.
GADDAFI قذافي Arabic (Maghrebi)
From قذاذفة (Qadhadhfa)
, the Arabic name for a Berber tribe in Libya. The name possibly means "thrower, archer", from Arabic قَذَفَ (qaḏafa)
meaning "to throw". A famous bearer was Muammar
Gaddafi (1942–2011), a Libyan politician and revolutionary.
HADJ حاج Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic حاج (ḥājj)
meaning "pilgrim", referring to the Islamic hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia (chiefly Maghrebi).
JENDOUBI جندوبي Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Jendouba, the name of a large city in northwestern Tunisia. The name itself is derived from Berber (Tamazight) jen
meaning "market" and douba
JLASSI جلاصي 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.
KISSAMI قيسامي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "descendants of QASIM
" in Arabic. This was the name of a Moroccan family descended from the Idrisid dynasty.
LAHLOU لحلو Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic حُلْو (ḥulw)
meaning "sweet" or "nice, charming", chiefly used in Moroccan Arabic.
LAZRAK لزرق Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic الأزرق (al ʾazraq)
meaning "the blue (one)", from أَزْرَق (ʾazraq)
"blue". It is chiefly used for Moroccan Arabic.
MAGHRIBI مغربي 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.
MARZOUKI مرزوقي Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name MARZOUQ
(chiefly Tunisian and Moroccan). A notable bearer is Moncef Marzouki (1945-), who was the fourth President of Tunisia from 2011 to 2014.
MAZIGH مازيغ Arabic (Maghrebi), Berber
Derived from Arabic أَمَازِيغ (ʾamāzīḡ)
the Arabic designation for the Berber (Amazigh) people of North Africa. The word itself is ultimately of Tamazight origin, from Central Atlas Tamazight ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖ (Amaziɣ)
of disputed meaning; in modern Central Atlas Tamazight, it means “free-man”.
MAZINI مازني, مزيني Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic مَزِين (mazīn)
meaning “decorated, adorned” or مازن (mazin)
meaning “rain cloud” (see MAZIN
; chiefly Moroccan).
MORCELI مرسلي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic مُرْسِل (mursil)
meaning "sender, dispatcher" or "sent, transmitted" from أَرْسَلَ (ʾarsala)
"to send, to dispatch".
MOUJAHID مجاهد Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived 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 (chiefly Moroccan).
REZGUI رزقي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic رِزْق (rizq)
meaning "livelihood, subsistence, daily bread" (chiefly Tunisian).
SAHARAOUI صحراوي 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 صحراوي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to the desert" from Arabic صَحْرَاوِيّ (ṣaḥrāwiyy)
meaning "inhabitant of the desert, having to do with the desert" (chiefly Algerian).
SHAKSHUKI شكشوكي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Most likely from Libyan Arabic شَكْشُوكَةٌ (šakšawka)
meaning “a mixture”, referring to a type of North African dish made of vegetables and fried eggs.
SHEBANI شيباني Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the name of an Arab tribe which is derived from Arabic شيب (šīb)
meaning "white hair, grayness" or "cold, snow". This surname is chiefly used in Libya.
SOUDANI سوداني Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "Sudanese (referring to a person from Sudan)", derived from Arabic سُودَانِيّ (sūdāniyy)
TOUATI تواتي Arabic (Maghrebi), Judeo-Spanish
Habitual family name denoting someone who originated from the Touat (or Tuat) desert region in Algeria. It is also sometimes used by North African Sephardic Jews.
TOUNSI تونسي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from 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.
TRABELSI طرابلسي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Originally indicated a person who came from the city of Tripoli in Libya. The city's name itself is of Greek origin meaning "three cities", from Greek τρι- (tri-)
meaning "three" combined with πόλις (pólis)
YALAOUI يعلاوي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Algerian family name possibly derived from Arabic يَعْلَى (yaʿlā)
or يَعْلَ (yaʿla)
both meaning "exalted, high".
ZEROUAL زروال Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic أزرق (ʾazraq)
meaning "blue" (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian). A notable bearer is Liamine Zéroual (1941–), the former President of Algeria from 1994 to 1999.
ZOUAOUI زواوي 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]