Arabic Submitted Surnames
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Means "priest" in Arabic, ultimately from the Latin curia
"court". The meaning denotes a Christian priest, therefore the surname is used by Arab Christians.
Derived from Arabic حُلْو (ḥulw)
meaning "sweet" or "nice, charming, pretty" (chiefly Moroccan).
Derived from Arabic الأزرق (al ʾazraq)
meaning "the blue (one)", from أَزْرَق (ʾazraq)
"blue". It is chiefly used for Moroccan Arabic.
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".
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.
MAZIGHArabic (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”.
Possibly from Arabic مَزِين (mazīn)
meaning “decorated, adorned” or مازن (mazin)
meaning “rain cloud” (see Mazin
; chiefly Moroccan).
Refers to the city of Mecca or Makka (مكة) in Saudi Arabia, considered the most holy city in Islam.
MESSIAfrican, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
MIRZAUrdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Arabic
From the Persian title میرزا (mirzâ)
denoting a prince or nobleman, ultimately from the Persian words میر (mir)
meaning "master" and the suffix -زاده (-zâde)
meaning "child (of), offspring (of)".
Variation of Musleh. Means "peacemaker" or "social reformer" in Arabic.
Possibly from Arabic مُرْسِل (mursil)
meaning "sender, dispatcher" or "sent, transmitted" from أَرْسَلَ (ʾarsala)
"to send, to dispatch".
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).
MUSLIMArabic, 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.
Derived from Arabic رِزْق (rizq)
meaning "livelihood, subsistence, daily bread" (chiefly Tunisian).
Derived from the given name Safi
; unrelated to the name of the Pashtun tribe.
From Arabic صحراوي (Ṣaḥrāwī)
meaning "inhabitant of the desert" (from صحراء (Ṣaḥrā')
"desert"), referring to the indigenous Sahrawi people of Western Sahara (see Sahraoui
Means "relating to the desert" from Arabic صَحْرَاوِيّ (ṣaḥrāwiyy)
meaning "inhabitant of the desert, having to do with the desert" (chiefly Algerian).
Arabic origin; anglicized form is 'Saladin'. A compound name, it is formed by the root words of 'islah' (corrector) + 'deen' (faith).
From Syriac ܨܠܝܒܐ (ṣalībā)
or Arabic صَلِيب (ṣalīb)
both meaning "crucifix, cross", a reference to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
. The Saliba are a predominantly Christian family of Lebanon, the Levant, and Malta.
Derived from Arabic سَمْح (samḥ)
meaning "magnanimous, generous".
Most likely from Libyan Arabic شَكْشُوكَةٌ (šakšawka)
meaning “a mixture”, referring to a type of North African dish made of vegetables and fried eggs.
From a personal name based on the word shalhub
SHARIFBengali (Muslim), Urdu, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Indian (Muslim), Persian, Arabic, Somali
From the Arabic title شَرِيف (šarīf)
meaning "noble, honoured, excellent", denoting a Muslim ruler, religious leader, or descendant of Muhammad
From the name of an Arab tribe which in turn is derived from Arabic شيب (šīb)
meaning "white hair, grayness" or "cold, snow" (chiefly Libyan).
Derived from Arabic شَهَادَة (šahāda)
meaning "testimony, witness, belief (in Islam)".
Derived from Arabic شُكْرِيّ (šukriyy)
meaning "thankful, of thanks".
SIDDIQPakistani, Muslim, Arabic
From the Arabic word صدیق (ṣadīq)
meaning "friend" or "truthful" (see Siddiqi
). It was traditionally used as an honorific title or a nickname for a trustworthy person.
History of this surname is unknown. A famous bearer with this last name is Nick E. Tarabay, a Lebanese-American actor.
TOUATIArabic (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.
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.
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)
Algerian family name possibly derived from Arabic يَعْلَى (yaʿlā)
or يَعْلَ (yaʿla)
both meaning "exalted, high".
From the Arabic زهراني (zahran)
meaning "flowering, blossoming"; ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra)
meaning "flower, blossom" (see Zahrah
). This surname is prevalent in Saudi Arabia.
Derived from the Arabic زَيْتُون (zaytūn)
meaning "olive", a cognate of the Maghrebi Zitouni
. It could also be linked to the famous El-Zeitoun district in Cairo, Egypt.
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.
From the given name Zaydan
, which in turn is derived from Arabic زاد (zāda)
meaning "to add, to increase". A notable bearer is Zinedine
"Zizou" Zidane (1972-), a former French footballer of Algerian descent.
ZOUAOUIArabic (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]
Probably from the given name Zoha, which means "Morning light"