Arabic Submitted Surnames

Arabic names are used in the Arab world, as well as some other regions within the larger Muslim world. They are not necessarily of Arabic origin, though most in fact are. Compare also Persian names and Turkish names. See also about Arabic names.
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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.
KISSAMIArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "descendants of Qasim" in Arabic. This was the name of a Moroccan family descended from the Idrisid dynasty.
LAAYOUNIArabic (Maghrebi)
From Laayoune, the name of a city in the Western Sahara (chiefly Moroccan).
LABIDIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic عابد (ʿābid) "worshiper, adorer, server" (chiefly Tunisian).
LAHLOUArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic حُلْو (ḥulw) meaning "sweet" or "nice, charming, pretty" (chiefly Moroccan).
LAMARIArabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of El Amari meaning "the Amari (see Ammar)", mainly found in Algeria.
LAZRAKArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic الأزرق (al ʾazraq) meaning "the blue (one)", from أَزْرَق (ʾazraq) "blue". It is chiefly used for Moroccan Arabic.
MAANArabic, Limburgish, Finnish
Of meaning unknown
Mainly found in Jordan.
MADBOULIArabic (Egyptian)
Variant transcription of Madbouly.
MADBOULYArabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian surname of unknown meaning.
MAGDYArabic (Egyptian)
From Arabic مَجَّدَ (majjada) meaning "to praise, to glorify".
MAGEDArabic (Egyptian)
From the given name Maged.
MAGHRIBIArabic (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.
MAHMOODUrdu, Punjabi, Bengali (Muslim), Arabic
Variant transcription of Mahmud.
From the given name Mahmoud.
MAHREZArabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer is Riyad Mahrez (1991-), an Algerian footballer.
"noble", "glorious"
MAKHLOUFIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Makhlouf.
Lebanese Druze name possibly derived from Arabic مَلْعَب (malʿab) meaning "scene, theatre, sport".
MALEKIndian (Muslim), Gujarati, Persian, Bengali (Muslim), Arabic
Variant of Malik. A notable bearer is Rami Malek (1981-), an Egyptian-American actor.
MALIKIndian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Indonesian
From the Arabic title ملك (malik) meaning "king, sovereign, monarch".
MANSOORUrdu, Arabic
From the given name Mansoor.
From the given name Mansur.
MANSOURArabic (Egyptian)
Habitational name for someone from Mansoura, the name of a city in Egypt.
MARZOUKIArabic (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.
Means "Egyptian (person)" in Arabic.
MASRYArabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of Masri.
MASTOURArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic مسْتُور (mastur) meaning "hidden, covered".
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”.
MAZINIArabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic مَزِين (mazīn) meaning “decorated, adorned” or مازن (mazin) meaning “rain cloud” (see Mazin; chiefly Moroccan).
MEKKYArabic (Egyptian)
Refers to the city of Mecca or Makka (مكة) in Saudi Arabia, considered the most holy city in Islam.
MERABETArabic (Maghrebi)
Mainly found in Algeria.
MESBAHArabic (Maghrebi), Arabic (Egyptian)
Derived from Arabic مِصْبَاح (miṣbāḥ) meaning "lamp, light, luminary".
MESSAOUDIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Messaoud.
MESSIAfrican, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
MIMOUNArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Mimoun.
MIRGHANINorthern African, Arabic
Sudanese name of unknown Arabic meaning.
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.
MOHAMEDArabic, Malay, Somali
Variant transcription of Muhammad.
MOHAMMADIPersian, Arabic
From the given name Mohammad.
MOHAMMEDIArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mohammed (chiefly Algerian).
MOKRANIBerber, Northern African, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Either from the given name Mokrane or derived from El Mokrani, a town in Algeria.
MORCELIArabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic مُرْسِل (mursil) meaning "sender, dispatcher" or "sent, transmitted" from أَرْسَلَ (ʾarsala) "to send, to dispatch".
MOSTAFAArabic, Bengali (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Mustafa.
MOSTEFAÏArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mostefa (chiefly Algerian).
MOSTEFAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to Mustafa" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
MOUJAHIDArabic (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).
MOULOUDArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mouloud.
MOUSSAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Moussa (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
MUBARAKArabic, Arabic (Egyptian)
From Arabic مُبَارَك (mubārak) meaning "lucky, blessed".
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.
NACIRIArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Nacir (see Nasir), predominantly used in Morocco.
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.
Najd, location in KSA
NAJJARArabic, Judeo-Spanish
Means "carpenter" in Arabic.
NASRIArabic, Persian
Derived from Arabic نَصْر (naṣr) meaning “triumph, victory”.
NASSRYArabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of Nasri.
NIMRArabic (Egyptian), Arabic
From Arabic نمر (nimr) meaning "leopard, tiger, panther"; mainly used in Egypt.
NOORPakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Punjabi, Malay, Pashto, Arabic, Indian (Muslim), Muslim
From the given name Noor, from the Arabic نُور (nūr) "light".
NOORIPersian, Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Noor (1).
Means "Several" in Arabic
OUAZZANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Denotes someone originally from Ouazzane, a town in northern Morocco.
OUERTANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Found mainly in Tunisia.
OUESLATIArabic (Maghrebi)
Denotes someone originally from Oueslatia, a town in Tunisia.
Variant of Ridwan.
From the personal name based on Arabic Rahim.
RAISUrdu, Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian
From the Arabic tile رَئِيس (raʾīs) meaning "chief, leader".
RAMDANIArabic (Maghrebi), Indonesian
Derived from Ramadan, which is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar devoted to fasting by Muslims.
RASOOLUrdu, Arabic, Indian (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Rasul.
RASULUrdu, Pashto, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian
From Arabic رَسُول (rasūl) meaning "messenger, apostle, prophet" (see Rasul).
REGRAGUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Of unknown meaning; predominantly found in Morocco.
REZGUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic رِزْق (rizq) meaning "livelihood, subsistence, daily bread" (chiefly Tunisian).
RIAHIPersian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic رِيح (rīḥ) meaning "wind" or "smell, odor" (chiefly Tunisian).
Elevation of all, honor and Glory... [more]
SAADAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to Sa'd" in Arabic (chiefly Maghrebi).
SAADOUNEArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "help", "luck" and "support".
SAEEDUrdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Bengali (Muslim), Persian
Variant transcription of Sa'id.
Derived from the given name Safi; unrelated to the name of the Pashtun tribe.
SAHARAOUIArabic (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]
SAHRAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to the desert" from Arabic صَحْرَاوِيّ (ṣaḥrāwiyy) meaning "inhabitant of the desert, having to do with the desert" (chiefly Algerian).
SAÏDIArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Saïd (chiefly Maghrebi).
SALAHUDDINArabic, Pakistani
Arabic origin; anglicized form is 'Saladin'. A compound name, it is formed by the root words of 'islah' (corrector) + 'deen' (faith).
Means "good health" in Arabic.
SALHIArabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic صَالِح (ṣāliḥ) meaning "honest, good, virtuous" (chiefly Maghrebi).
SALIBArabic (Egyptian), Coptic
Egyptian Christian derived from Arabic صَلِيب (ṣalīb) meaning "cross, crucifix".
SALIBAArabic, Maltese
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.
SALIMIPersian, Arabic
From the given name Salim.
Derived from Arabic سَمْح (samḥ) meaning "magnanimous, generous".
SAMIRArabic, Bengali, Indian
From the given name Samir (1).
SARDARIndian (Muslim), Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Persian
From the Persian title سردار (sardâr) meaning "commander, headmaster", traditionally denoting a prince, nobleman, or aristocrat.
Mainly used in Lebanon.
Means "cockroach" or "roach" in Arabic.
Means "goldsmith" in Arabic.
SEDDIKArabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend".
SEDDIKIArabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi cognate of Siddiqui (chiefly Algerian).
SHAHEENArabic, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Shahin.
SHAKSHUKIArabic (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.
SHALADIArabic (Maghrebi)
Of unknown meaning (chiefly Libyan).
From a personal name based on the word shalhub meaning "generous".
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.
SHEBANIArabic (Maghrebi)
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)".
SHEIKHIndian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Somali, Arabic, Persian, Punjabi
From the Arabic title شَيْخ (šayḵ) meaning "chief, chieftain, head", used as title to denote a political or spiritual leader of a Muslim community.
SHIBANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of Shebani.
SHISHANIChechen (Expatriate), Arabic
Means "Chechen (person)" in Arabic. It is primarily used by Chechens living in the Arab world or the United States.
Derived from Arabic شُكْرِيّ (šukriyy) meaning "thankful, of thanks".
SIDDIGNorthern African, Arabic
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend" (chiefly Sudanese).
SIDDIQPakistani, Muslim, Arabic
From the Arabic word صدیق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend" or "truthful" (see Siddiqi or Siddiqui). It was traditionally used as an honorific title or a nickname for a trustworthy person.
SLIMANIArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Slimane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
SOLIMANArabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of Sulayman.
SOLTANIPersian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Soltan; in the case of Maghrebi usage, it is mainly found in Algeria and Tunisia.
SOUDANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "Sudanese (referring to a person from Sudan)", derived from Arabic سُودَانِيّ (sūdāniyy).
STAMBOULIArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "from Istanbul" (chiefly Algerian and Tunisian).
TADROSArabic (Egyptian), Coptic
Arabic form of Theodore, chiefly used by Copts.
From the given name Taha.
TAHIRArabic, Urdu, Malay, Indian (Muslim)
From the given name Tahir.
TALHAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Talha (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
TAMMAMArabic (Egyptian)
Derived from the given name Tammam.
History of this surname is unknown. A famous bearer with this last name is Nick E. Tarabay, a Lebanese-American actor.
TLEMSANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Tlemcen, the name of a city in north-western Algeria.
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.
TOUILBINIArabic (Maghrebi, Rare)
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Abdelaziz Touilbini (1978-), an Algerian boxer.
TOUNSIArabic (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.
TOUZANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; this surname is predominantly used in Morocco.
TRABELSIArabic (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) meaning "city".
TURKIEHAncient Hebrew, Arabic, Jewish
A Lebanese jewish surname that is often used among Lebanese jews in Israel.
From the given name Yahya.
YAHIAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Yahia (chiefly Algerian).
YAHYAArabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Malay, Swahili
From the given name Yahya.
YAHYAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of Yahiaoui used in Tunisia.
YALAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Algerian family name possibly derived from Arabic يَعْلَى (yaʿlā) or يَعْلَ (yaʿla) both meaning "exalted, high".
YASEENUrdu, Arabic
Variant transcription of Yasin.
Mostly used in Lebanon
YOSEFHebrew, Arabic
From the given name Yosef.
YOUCEFIArabic (Maghrebi)
Algerian cognate of Yousfi.
Variant transcription of Yunus.
YOUSFIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Yousef (see Joseph).
From the given name Youssef.
ZAGHLOULArabic (Egyptian)
Means "young pigeon" or, metaphorically, "free soul" in Arabic.
ZAHERArabic (Egyptian)
From the given name Zaher.
From the Arabic زهراني (zahran) meaning "flowering, blossoming"; ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra) meaning "flower, blossom" (see Zahrah). This surname is prevalent in Saudi Arabia.
ZAHRAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "related to Zahra" in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
ZAÏDIArabic (Maghrebi)
French transcription of Zaidi used in the Maghreb.
ZAIDIPakistani, 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.
Arabic surname derived from the name of the prophet Zechariah.
Derived from the Arabic given name Zaki meaning "pure".
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.
ZERHOUNIArabic (Maghrebi), Northern African, Berber
Possibly refers to the Zerhoun mountain in Morocco. The family name originates from the city of Nedroma in Tlemcen, Algeria.
ZEROUALArabic (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.
ZERROUGUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of Zerrouki.
ZERROUKIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic أزرق (ʾazraq) meaning "blue" (chiefly Algerian).
Lebanese surname of unknown meaning.
Means surplus, extra in Arabic
ZIANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Zayyan meaning "beautifer, very beautiful".
ZIDANEArabic (Maghrebi)
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.
ZITOUNIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived Arabic زَيْتُون (zaytūn) meaning "olive" (chiefly Algerian).
Variant transcription of Zgheib.
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]
ZOUARIArabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown (chiefly Tunisian).
ZOUBIRArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Zoubir; mainly used in Algeria and Morocco.
ZOUHAIRArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Zouhair; mainly used in Morocco.
From the given name Zubayr.
Probably from the given name Zoha, which means "Morning light"
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