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ABAZA أباظة Arabic
From the name of the Abazin (or Abaza) people native to the Northwest Caucasus. This name was adopted by Abazins, Circassians, and Abkhaz who were expelled from the Caucasus in the 19th century.
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.
ABDUL عبد ال Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Bengali, Punjabi
From Arabic عبد ال (abdul
) meaning "servant of the", commonly used as a prefix for given names (such as عبد العزيز ('Abd al-'Aziz
) meaning "servant of the powerful").
Means "father of rouphael
" in Arabic, used especially in Lebanon and the Maghreb region (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia).
ACKBAR أكبر Arabic, Indonesian, Malay
Alternate transcription of Arabic أكبر (see AKBAR
), as well as the usual Indonesian and Malay form. It is typical of Indonesia.
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.
ALBEHBEHANI أل بهبهاني Arabic
Meaning "The Behbehani", with "Behbehani" possibly a given name.
AL-DULAIMI الدليمي Arabic
Means "the Dulaimi", referring to a person from the Dulaim (الدليم) royal tribe of Iraq, Syria, Kuwait and Jordan.
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
Originally indicated a person from the Harb tribe derived from Arabic حَرْبيّ (ḥarbiyy)
meaning "military, war, army".
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 the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang, 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 سقف (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 Arabic
Means "the second" in Arabic. This is the name of the royal 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
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
BAIG بايج Indian (Muslim), Bengali, Assamese, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Punjabi, Turkish, Arabic
Derived from the Ottoman Turkish title بك (beg
) (modern Turkish bey
) meaning "ruler, chief, lord, master". It is especially common in Pakistan and the Maghreb.
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 ethnic group native to the city of Jakarta in Indonesia. The name itself is from Batavia
, the capital city of the Dutch East Indies (located in present-day Jakarta)... [more
BAZZI بزي Arabic
Perhaps derived from an Arabic word meaning "foster brother(s)".
BELARBI بلعربي Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of the Arab" from Arabic بْن (bn)
meaning "son (of)" and اَلعَرَبِيّ (al-ʿarabiyy)
meaning "the Arab".
BELHADJ بالحاج Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of the pilgrim" from Arabic بْن (bn)
meaning "son (of)" اَلحَاجّ (al-ḥājj)
meaning "the pilgrim".
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 بناني Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "my son" in Hebrew, from בן (ben)
meaning "son" and אני (ani)
meaning "I, me". This is the name of a Moroccan family of Jewish origin that converted to Islam.
BENNOUNA بنونة Arabic (Maghrebi)
Most likely from Arabic بن (bin)
meaning "son" and the given name Nouna
, which may have been derived from an Arabic word meaning "whale, big fish" or "sabre, sword". Alternately, it may be from an Arabic name for a variety of melon... [more
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.
BOUTEFLIKA بوتفليقة Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly means "one who makes things explode" in Algerian Arabic. A famous bearer is Abdelaziz Bouteflika (1937-), who served as president of Algeria from 1999 to 2019.
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)
DIN دين, زين, الدين Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Tausug
From Arabic الدين (dīn
) meaning "religion", commonly used as a suffix for given names.
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.
ELLYAS الياس Arabic, Somali, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Pashto, Punjabi, Indian (Muslim), Ethiopian, Ge'ez, Amharic, Filipino, Malay, Indonesian, Turkish
Form of ILYAS
found in several languages.
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".