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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KASMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of Kissami, used more frequently in modern times.
From the given name Kassem, a form of Qasim.
KATEB Arabic
From Arabic كَاتِب (kātib) meaning "writer, scribe, clerk".
KAZIM Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic
From the given name Kazim.
KENZA Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Kenza.
Means "successor, descendant" in Arabic.
From the given name Khalid.
From the given name Khalifa.
KHALIL Arabic, Bengali (Muslim), Urdu
From the given name Khalil.
Usual English transcription of Arabic خاشقجي (Khāshuqjī), derived from Ottoman Turkish قاشقجی‎ (qašyqjy) "spoon-maker" (modern Turkish kaşıkçı).
KHATEEB Arabic, Urdu
Variant transcription of Khatib.
Means "speaker, orator" in Arabic. In Islam, the term refers to the person who delivers the sermon (khutbah) during the Friday and Eid prayers.
KHAWAJA Urdu, Arabic, Bengali
From the Persian title خواجه (xâje) meaning "lord, master, owner".
Variant transcription of Khoury.
Means "priest" in Arabic, ultimately from the Latin curia "court". The meaning denotes a Christian priest, therefore the surname is used by Arab Christians.
KISSAMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "descendants of Qasim" in Arabic. This was the name of a Moroccan family descended from the Idrisid dynasty.
LAAYOUNI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Laayoune, the name of a city in the Western Sahara (chiefly Moroccan).
LABIDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic عابد (ʿābid) "worshiper, adorer, server" (chiefly Tunisian).
LAHLOU Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic حُلْو (ḥulw) meaning "sweet" or "nice, charming", chiefly used in Moroccan Arabic.
LAHMAR Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "the red (one)", derived from Arabic الأحمر (al-ʾaḥmar).
LAMARI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of El Amari meaning "the Amari (see Ammar)", mainly found in Algeria.
LAZRAK Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic الأزرق (al ʾazraq) meaning "the blue (one)", from أَزْرَق (ʾazraq) "blue". It is chiefly used for Moroccan Arabic.
MAAN Arabic, Limburgish, Finnish
Of meaning unknown
Mainly found in Jordan.
MADBOULI Arabic (Egyptian)
Variant transcription of Madbouly.
MADBOULY Arabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian surname of unknown meaning.
MAGDY Arabic (Egyptian)
From Arabic مَجَّدَ (majjada) meaning "to praise, to glorify".
MAGED Arabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of Majid.
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.
MAHMOOD Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali (Muslim), Arabic
Variant transcription of Mahmud.
From the given name Mahmoud.
MAHREZ Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer is Riyad Mahrez (1991-), an Algerian footballer.
"noble", "glorious"
From the given name Makhlouf.
MAKHLOUFI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Makhlouf.
Lebanese Druze name possibly derived from Arabic مَلْعَب (malʿab) meaning "scene, theatre, sport".
MALEK Indian (Muslim), Gujarati, Persian, Bengali (Muslim), Arabic
Variant of Malik. A notable bearer is Rami Malek (1981-), an Egyptian-American actor.
MALIK Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Indonesian
From the Arabic title ملك (malik) meaning "king, sovereign, monarch".
MANSOOR Urdu, Arabic
From the given name Mansoor.
From the given name Mansur.
MANSOUR Arabic (Egyptian)
Habitational name for someone from Mansoura, the name of a city in Egypt.
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.
MASRI Arabic
Means "Egyptian (person)" in Arabic.
MASRY Arabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of Masri.
MASTOUR Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic مسْتُور (mastur) meaning "hidden, covered".
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.
MERABET Arabic (Maghrebi)
Mainly found in Algeria.
MESBAH Arabic (Maghrebi), Arabic (Egyptian)
Derived from Arabic مِصْبَاح (miṣbāḥ) meaning "lamp, light, luminary".
MESSAOUDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Messaoud.
MESSI African, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
MIMOUN Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Mimoun.
MIRGHANI Northern African, Arabic
Sudanese name of unknown Arabic meaning.
MIRZA Urdu, 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.
MOHAMED Arabic, Malay, Somali
Variant transcription of Muhammad.
MOHAMMADI Persian, Arabic
From the given name Mohammad.
MOHAMMEDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mohammed (chiefly Algerian).
MOKRANI Berber, Northern African, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Either from the given name Mokrane or derived from El Mokrani, a town in Algeria.
MORCELI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic مُرْسِل (mursil) meaning "sender, dispatcher" or "sent, transmitted" from أَرْسَلَ (ʾarsala) "to send, to dispatch".
MOSTAFA Arabic, Bengali (Muslim), Persian
Variant transcription of Mustafa.
MOSTEFAÏ Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mostefa (chiefly Algerian).
MOSTEFAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to Mustafa" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
MOUJAHID Arabic (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).
MOULOUD Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mouloud.
MOULOUDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mouloud.
MOUSSAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Moussa (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
MOUSTAFA Arabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian variant of Mustafa.
MUBARAK Arabic, Arabic (Egyptian)
From Arabic مُبَارَك (mubārak) meaning "lucky, blessed".
Means "unblemished, flawless" in Arabic.
MUSLIM Arabic, 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.
NACIRI Arabic (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
NASRI Arabic, Persian
Derived from Arabic نَصْر (naṣr) meaning “triumph, victory”.
From the Arabic first name Nasser, "granter of victory". Most common in Iraq.
NASSIRI Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Nasir.
NASSRY Arabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of Nasri.
NIMR Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic
From Arabic نمر (nimr) meaning "leopard, tiger, panther"; mainly used in Egypt.
NOOR Pakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Punjabi, Malay, Pashto, Arabic, Indian (Muslim), Muslim
From the given name Noor, from the Arabic نُور (nūr) "light".
NOORI Persian, Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Noor (1).
ODA Arabic
Means "Several" in Arabic
OUAZZANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Denotes someone originally from Ouazzane, a town in northern Morocco.
OUERTANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Found mainly in Tunisia.
OUESLATI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the name of a village called Oueslatia (Al-Waslatiyah) in the Kairouan Governorate, Tunisia.
RACHEDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Rashid; this spelling is chiefly used in Algerian Arabic.
Variant of Ridwan.
RAGAB Arabic
Variant transcription of Rajab.
RAHIM Arabic
From the personal name based on Arabic Rahim.
RAIS Urdu, Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian
From the Arabic tile رَئِيس (raʾīs) meaning "chief, leader".
RAMADAN Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic
From Arabic رَمَضَان (ramaḍān) referring to the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is marked by fasting in Muslim tradition.
RAMDANI Arabic (Maghrebi), Indonesian
Derived from Ramadan, which is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar devoted to fasting by Muslims.
RASOOL Urdu, Arabic, Indian (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Rasul.
RASUL Urdu, Pashto, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian
From Arabic رَسُول (rasūl) meaning "messenger, apostle, prophet" (see Rasul).
REGRAGUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Of unknown meaning; predominantly found in Morocco.
REZGUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic رِزْق (rizq) meaning "livelihood, subsistence, daily bread" (chiefly Tunisian).
RIAHI Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic رِيح (rīḥ) meaning "wind" or "smell, odor" (chiefly Tunisian).
RIFAI Arabic
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SAADAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to Sa'd" in Arabic (chiefly Maghrebi).
SAADOUNE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "help", "luck" and "support".
SABA Arabic
From the given name Saba or Sabah.
SAEED Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Bengali (Muslim), Persian
Variant transcription of Sa'id.
SAFI Arabic
Derived from the given name Safi; unrelated to the name of the Pashtun tribe.
SAHARAOUI Arabic (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]
SAHRAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to the desert" from Arabic صَحْرَاوِيّ (ṣaḥrāwiyy) meaning "inhabitant of the desert, having to do with the desert" (chiefly Algerian).
SAÏDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Saïd (chiefly Maghrebi).
SALAHUDDIN Arabic, 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.
SALHI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic صَالِح (ṣāliḥ) meaning "honest, good, virtuous" (chiefly Maghrebi).
SALIB Arabic (Egyptian), Coptic
Egyptian Christian derived from Arabic صَلِيب (ṣalīb) meaning "cross, crucifix".
SALIBA Arabic, 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.
SALIMI Persian, Arabic
From the given name Salim.
Derived from Arabic سَمْح (samḥ) meaning "magnanimous, generous".
SAMIR Arabic, Bengali, Indian
From the given name Samir (1).
SARDAR Indian (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.
SEDDIK Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend".
SEDDIKI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi cognate of Siddiqui (chiefly Algerian).
SHAHEEN Arabic, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Shahin.
SHAKSHUKI Arabic (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.
SHALADI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Of unknown meaning (chiefly Libyan).
From a personal name based on the word shalhub meaning "generous".
SHARIF Bengali (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.
SHEBANI Arabic (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)".
SHEIKH Indian (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.
SHIBANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of Shebani.
SHISHANI Chechen (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".
SIDDIG Northern African, Arabic
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend" (chiefly Sudanese).
SIDDIQ Pakistani, 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.
SLIMANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Slimane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
SOLIMAN Arabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of Sulayman.
SOLTANI Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Soltan; in the case of Maghrebi usage, it is mainly found in Algeria and Tunisia.
SOUDANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "Sudanese (referring to a person from Sudan)", derived from Arabic سُودَانِيّ (sūdāniyy).
STAMBOULI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "from Istanbul" (chiefly Algerian and Tunisian).
TADROS Arabic (Egyptian), Coptic
Arabic form of Theodore, chiefly used by Copts.
TAHA Arabic
From the given name Taha.
TAHIR Arabic, Urdu, Malay, Indian (Muslim)
From the given name Tahir.
TALHAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Talha (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
TAMMAM Arabic (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.
TAYEB Arabic
From the given name Tayeb.
TLEMSANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Tlemcen, the name of a city in north-western Algeria.
TOUATI Arabic (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.
TOUILBINI Arabic (Maghrebi, Rare)
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Abdelaziz Touilbini (1978-), an Algerian boxer.
TOUNSI Arabic (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.
TOUZANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; this surname is predominantly used in Morocco.
TRABELSI Arabic (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".
TURKIEH Ancient Hebrew, Arabic, Jewish
A Lebanese jewish surname that is often used among Lebanese jews in Israel.
WALI Urdu, Pashto, Bengali, Arabic
Derived from Arabic وَلِيّ (waliyy) meaning "helper, friend, protector", used in Islam to describe a saint.
YAHIA Arabic
From the given name Yahya.
YAHIAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Yahia (chiefly Algerian).
YAHYA Arabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Malay, Swahili
From the given name Yahya.
YAHYAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of Yahiaoui used in Tunisia.
YALAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Algerian family name possibly derived from Arabic يَعْلَى (yaʿlā) or يَعْلَ (yaʿla) both meaning "exalted, high".
YASEEN Urdu, Arabic
Variant transcription of Yasin.
Variant transcription of Yazbek.
YOSEF Hebrew, Arabic
From the given name Yosef.
YOUCEFI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Algerian cognate of Yousfi.
Variant transcription of Yunus.
YOUSFI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Yousef (see Joseph).
From the given name Youssef.
ZAGHLOUL Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "young pigeon" or, metaphorically, "free soul" in Arabic.
ZAHER Arabic (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.
ZAHRAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "related to Zahra" in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
ZAÏDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
French transcription of Zaidi used in the Maghreb.
ZAIDI Pakistani, 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.
ZAKI Arabic
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.
ZERHOUNI Arabic (Maghrebi), Northern African, Berber
Possibly refers to the Zerhoun mountain in Morocco. The family name originates from the city of Nedroma in Tlemcen, Algeria.
ZEROUAL Arabic (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.
ZERROUGUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of Zerrouki.
ZERROUKI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic أزرق (ʾazraq) meaning "blue" (chiefly Algerian).
Lebanese surname of unknown meaning.
Means surplus, extra in Arabic
ZIANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Zayyan meaning "beautifer, very beautiful".
ZIDANE Arabic (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.
ZITOUNI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived Arabic زَيْتُون (zaytūn) meaning "olive" (chiefly Algerian).
Variant transcription of Zgheib.
ZOUAOUI Arabic (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]
ZOUARI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown (chiefly Tunisian).
ZOUBIR Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Zoubir; mainly used in Algeria and Morocco.
ZOUHAIR Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Zouhair; mainly used in Morocco.
From the given name Zubayr.
ZZOHA Arabic
Probably from the given name Zoha, which means "Morning light"