Arabic Submitted Surnames
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Means "father of rouphael
" in Arabic, used especially in Lebanon and the Maghreb region (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia).
ALAM Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Hindi, Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Indonesian, Afghani
Means "flag, banner, emblem", derived from the Arabic علم ('alam)
ALAMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic عَلِيم (ʿalīm)
meaning "knowing, learned, education" (see Alim
), mainly used in a religious context.
ALAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to Ali (1)
" in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan). This is the name of the current ruling royal family of Morocco founded in 1631.
ALGERIE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the French Algérie
meaning "Algeria" (referring directly to the country itself). It also refers to someone from Annaba, Algeria.
Means "the Ghamdi", referring to the Ghamd tribe of Saudi Arabia.
Means “belonging to war” from Arabic حَرْب (ḥarb)
meaning “war, fight, battle”.
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"
ALMAZAN Arabic, Persian
meaning "from a diamond" in Arabic. it is usually from people with Persian backgrounds around the area of present day Iran and Lebanon.
Means “the Mutairi” referring to the Mutayr (مطير) tribe of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Means “the Otaibi”, referring to the Otaibah (عتيبة) tribe of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian peninsula.
Means "the Qahtani
" in Arabic, referring to a member of the Qahtanite people from the southern Arabian Peninsula and Yemen.
AL SAUD 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]
Means "the Levantine, the Syrian" from Arabic شَامِيّ (šāmiyy)
meaning "Levantine, Syrian, Damascene".
Means "the Shehri" in Arabic, referring to the Shehri (شهري) tribe of Saudi Arabia.
From Arabic الثاني (althani)
meaning "the second". This is the family name of the House of Thani, the ruling family of Qatar.
Means “the Zahrani” in Arabic, referring to the Zahran (زهران) sub-tribe of the Azd (أزد) of Saudi Arabia. The name itself is derived from Arabic زهراني (zahran)
meaning "flowering, blossoming", ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra)
meaning "flower, blossom" (see Zahrah
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.
Means "amber" in Arabic (see English name Amber
). Notable actress Nihal Anbar was born in 1960.
Derived from Arabic الأنصار al-Anṣār
, meaning "The Helpers", an Islamic term for the local inhabitants of Medina
who took the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and his followers (the Muhajirun) into their homes when they emigrated from Mecca (hijra
ARFAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa)
meaning "to know" or أَرْفَع (ʾarfaʿ)
meaning "high, lofty, elevated" (chiefly Tunisian).
AYARI 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
BAZZI Arabic, Iranian
Probably from Arabic baezii ‘foster brother(s)’, unrelated children breast-fed by the same wet nurse.
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 (1)
" in Arabic (chiefly Tunisian). A notable bearer is Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936-), the 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.
BENKIRANE 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.
BOUAZIZI 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. His death initiated the start of the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution.
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.
ELMAHDY Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "the Mahdi" from Arabic مَهْدِيّ (mahdiyy)
meaning "rational, sensible" or "guided one, rightly guided". In Islam, the term refers to a saviour figure who will restore peace to the world.
It means "the narrative (which refers to the title of a chapter of the Quran)".
ELRASHIDY 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)".
Derived from Arabic فَاخِر (fāḵir)
meaning "proud, outstanding, excellent"; mainly used by Arab Christians.
From the Arabic فَارِس (fāris)
meaning "knight, horseman, rider" (see Faris
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
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", referring to the Islamic hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia (chiefly Maghrebi).
Means “stonemason” from Arabic حَجَر (ḥajar)
Means "Aleppine" in Arabic, referring to someone from the city of Aleppo in Syria.
Denotes someone who was originally from the region of Hejaz in western Saudi Arabia.
IQBAL Pakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Punjabi, Kashmiri, Arabic, Afghani, Pashto, Indonesian, Muslim
From the given name Iqbal
JENDOUBI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Jendouba, the name of a large city in northwestern Tunisia. The name itself is derived from Berber (Tamazight) jen
meaning "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.
KASSEM Arabic, Persian
Kassem, Kassim, Kasim, or Qasim \q(a)-sim\ is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Kassem is "charitable, generous; one who gives to the people".... [more]
From Arabic كَاتِب (kātib)
meaning "writer, scribe, clerk".
From Arabic خَطِيب (ḵaṭīb)
meaning "speaker, preacher, orator". In Islam, the word also refers to the person who delivers the sermon (khutbah) during the Friday and Eid prayers.
Means "priest" in Arabic, ultimately from the Latin curia
"court". The meaning denotes a Christian priest, therefore the surname is used by Arab Christians.
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.
Lebanese Druze name possibly derived from Arabic مَلْعَب (malʿab)
meaning "scene, theatre, sport".
MARZOUKI Arabic (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.
MASIH Arabic, Indian
مسيح Arabic name meaning "Christian". a common surname among Christians in Pakistan.
MAZIGH Arabic (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”.
MAZINI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic مَزِين (mazīn)
meaning “decorated, adorned” or مازن (mazin)
meaning “rain cloud” (see Mazin
; chiefly Moroccan).
MEKKY Arabic (Egyptian)
Refers to the city of Mecca or Makka (مكة) in Saudi Arabia, considered the most holy city in Islam.