Arabic (Maghrebi) Submitted Surnames
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
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.
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.
ARFAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa)
meaning "to know" or أَرْفَع (ʾarfaʿ)
meaning "high, lofty, elevated" (chiefly Tunisian).
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.
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.
HANNACHI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Hanencha
, the name of a semi-independent tribe inhabiting eastern Algeria and western Tunisia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
TOUATI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Habitual family name denoting someone who originated from Touat
, the name of a group of oases in the Sahara in Algeria.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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]