Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage Arabic (Maghrebi)
Other Forms FormsGadhafi, Qaddafi, al-Gaddafi, Gaddafy
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.