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ABAZA أباظة Arabic (Egyptian)
Refers to a member of the Abkhaz or Abazin (Abaza) ethnic groups of the Caucasus.
ABDELMASSIH عبد المسيح Arabic
Means "servant of the anointed (Christ)" from Arabic عبد ال (‘abd al)
meaning "servant of the" and مسيح (masīḥ)
meaning "anointed, Messiah, Christ", used by Arabic-speaking Christians.
Means "father of rouphael
" in Arabic, used especially in Lebanon and the Maghreb region (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia).
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.
ALAM علم, عالم Arabic, Bengali, Urdu, Persian
Means "world, universe" (عالم) or "flag, sign, mark" (علم) in Arabic. This spelling represents two separate words in Arabic.
ALAMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic عَلِيم (ʿalīm)
meaning "knowing, learned, education" (see ALIM
), mainly used in a religious context.
AL-ATTAR العطار Arabic
Means "the perfumer, the druggist" from Arabic عَطَّار (ʿaṭṭār)
"perfumer, druggist, pharmacist".
AL BEHAIRY البحيري Arabic
Linguistic: Comes from the word BOHAYṘA which means lake, the name "lake" is being employed as an adjective.
ALGERIE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the French Algérie
meaning "Algeria" (referring directly to the country itself). It also refers to someone from Annaba, Algeria.
AL-GHAMDI الغامدي Arabic
Means "the Ghamdi", referring to the Ghamd tribe of Saudi Arabia.
AL-HARBI الحربي Arabic
Means “belonging to war” from Arabic حَرْب (ḥarb)
meaning “war, fight, battle”.
AL-KASHGARI آل قشقري Uyghur, Arabic
Variant form of Kashgari. A famous bearer was Mahmud al-Kashgari (1005-1102), an 11th-century Kara-Khanid scholar and lexicographer of the Turkic languages from Kashgar, Xinjiang, People's Republic of China.
originally an arabic name but has been used by english speakers. the name means "recognized" or "famous". in other languages it means "one who represents us" and in some languages translates as "flag"
AL MOKADDEM المقدم Arabic
History: Descendants of the blessed Fatima the daughter of prophet Mohammed in the Arabian Peninsula.... [more]
AL-MUTAIRI المطيري Arabic
Means “the Mutairi” referring to the Mutayr (مطير) tribe of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
AL-OTAIBI العتيبي Arabic
Means "the Otaibi", referring to the Otaibah (عتيبة) tribe of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian peninsula.
AL-QAHTANI القحطاني Arabic
Means "the Qahtani" in Arabic, referring to a Qahtanite person from the southern Arabian Peninsula and Yemen.
ALSAGOFF السقاف Arabic
Variant of AL SAQQAF
primarily used in Southeast Asia. This is the name of a prominent Arab family in Singapore.
AL SAQQAF السقاف Arabic
Means "the roofer" from Arabic سَقْف (saqf)
meaning "ceiling, roof".
AL SAUD آل سعود Arabic
From Arabic سُعُود (suʿūd)
, the verbal noun form of سَعَدَ (saʿada)
meaning "to be fortunate, to be propitious". This is the name of the House of Saud (آل سعود), the ruling Royal Family of Saudi Arabia... [more]
AL-SHAMI الشامي Arabic
Means "the Levantine or "the Syrian", derived from Arabic شَامِيّ (šāmiyy)
meaning "Levantine, Syrian, Damascene".
AL-SHEHRI الشهري Arabic
Means "the Shehri" in Arabic, referring to a member of the Shehri (شهري) tribe of Saudi Arabia.
AL-THANI اَل ثاني, الثاني Arabic
From Arabic الثاني (althani)
meaning "the second". This is the family name of the House of Thani, the ruling family of Qatar.
AL-ZAHRANI الزهراني Arabic
Means "the Zahrani" in Arabic, referring to the Zahran (زهران) tribe in Saudi Arabia. The name itself is derived from Arabic زهراني (zahran)
meaning "flowering, blossoming", ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra)
meaning "flower, blossom" (see ZAHRAH
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.
ANBAR عنبر Arabic
Means "amber" in Arabic (see English name AMBER
). Notable actress Nihal Anbar was born in 1960.
ARFAOUI عرفاوي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly derived from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa)
meaning "to know" or أَرْفَع (ʾarfaʿ)
meaning "high, lofty, elevated" (chiefly Tunisian).
AROUSI Jewish, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Arabic
Yemenite Jewish and Arabic name possibly deriving from Arabic words aroosi
, "bridal, relating to a wedding", rousi
, "groom". El Aroussi
, a variant, is found densely in Morocco and Francophone populations (France, Canada).
AYARI عياري Arabic (Maghrebi), Persian
Derived from Arabic عَيَّار (ʿayyār)
or Persian عیار (ayyâr)
meaning "vagabond, loafer, idler" (chiefly Tunisian).
Arabic from a shortened form of Aba
, accusative case of Abu
From the given name BAKR
. A famous bearer was Abu Bakr (573-634), the first Islamic caliphate.
BATAWI بتاوي Indonesian, Arabic
Means "Betawi" in Arabic, referring to an Indonesian ethnic group native to Jakarta. It is mostly borne by Saudi Arabian citizens of Indonesian descent.
BAZZI بزي Arabic
Perhaps derived from an Arabic word meaning "foster brother(s)".
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 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 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 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.
BIN LADEN بن لادن Arabic (Rare)
Means "son of Laden", from a name derived from Arabic لدن (ladin)
meaning "soft, mellow". It was most notoriously borne by Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden (1957-2011), though it is also the surname of an wealthy upper-class Saudi family (of which the former is descended from).
BITAR بيطار Arabic
Means "farrier, blacksmith, smith" in Arabic.
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 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).
DIAB دياب Arabic
Derived from Arabic ذِئْب (ḏiʾb)
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.
ELMAHDY المهدي Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "the Mahdi" from Arabic مَهْدِيّ (mahdiyy)
meaning "guided one, rightly guided". In Islam, the term refers to a figure who will restore peace to the world.
It means "the narrative (which refers to the title of a chapter of the Quran)".
ELRASHIDY الرشيدي Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "the rightly guided" from Arabic رَشِيد (rašīd)
meaning "well-guided, following the right course".
It means "the intercessor (which refers to the Prophet of Islam, who will hopefully intercede on one's behalf before God on the day of judgement)".
ELSHARKAWY الشرقاوي Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "the easterner, the one from the east" from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy)
meaning "east, eastern".
In Islam Imam Hussain's brother (Abbas) was named Fazal, however he was not his biological brother. Imam Hasan was his biological brother. Fazal was rather referred to as Abbas, in his life (c. 566 – c. 653 CE) he was referred to as Abbas and is also referred to today as Abbas
FELEMBAN فلمبان Arabic, Indonesian
Originally denoted someone who came from the city of Palembang in South Sumatra, Indonesia. This surname is mostly borne by Saudi Arabian citizens of Indonesian descent.
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.
GHASSAN Arabic (Modern)
The Ghassan surname originated in the village of Furzol in eastern Lebanon. It is believed that the name came from Shefa-'Amr in Israel, and was brought by Ghassans that were fleeing the unjust rule of Ahmed al-Jazzar, the Wali of Sidon and Damascus in the late 18th century... [more]
HADDAD حداد Arabic, Hebrew, Persian
Means "blacksmith" in Arabic, ultimately from Syriac ܚܰܕܳܕܳܐ (hadado)
, though it could also be derived from the name of a Semitic deity, HADAD
HADJ حاج Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic حاج (ḥājj)
meaning "pilgrim", referring to the Islamic hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia (chiefly Maghrebi).
HAJJAR حجار Arabic
Means "stonemason" from Arabic حَجَر (ḥajar)
HALABI حلبي Arabic
Means "Aleppine" in Arabic, referring to someone from the city of Aleppo in Syria.