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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.
KASHGARI Uyghur, Arabic
Originally denoted someone who came from the city of Kashgar, located in the Xinjiang region of western China. The city's name is of Persian origin probably meaning "rock mountain".
From Arabic كَاتِب (kātib)
meaning "writer, scribe, clerk".
Usual English transcription of Arabic خاشقجي (Khāshuqjī)
, derived from Ottoman Turkish قاشقجی (qašyqjy)
"spoon-maker" (modern Turkish kaşıkçı
Means "speaker, orator" in Arabic. In Islam, the term 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", chiefly used in Moroccan Arabic.
LAZRAK Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic الأزرق (al ʾazraq)
meaning "the blue (one)", from أَزْرَق (ʾazraq)
"blue". It is chiefly used for Moroccan Arabic.
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.
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.
MESSI African, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
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.
MORCELI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic مُرْسِل (mursil)
meaning "sender, dispatcher" or "sent, transmitted" from أَرْسَلَ (ʾarsala)
"to send, to dispatch".
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).
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.
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.
From the Arabic first name Nasser
, "granter of victory". Most common in Iraq.
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.
REZGUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic رِزْق (rizq)
meaning "livelihood, subsistence, daily bread" (chiefly Tunisian).
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
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).
SALAHUDDIN Arabic, Pakistani
Arabic origin; anglicized form is 'Saladin'. A compound name, it is formed by the root words of 'islah' (corrector) + 'deen' (faith).
SALIBA Arabic, Maltese
Means "crucifix, cross" in Arabic, a reference to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
in Christianity. The Saliba are a predominantly Christian family based in Lebanon, the Levant, and Malta.
Derived from Arabic سَمْح (samḥ)
meaning "magnanimous, generous".
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.
From a personal name based on the word shalhub
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)".
Derived from Arabic شُكْرِيّ (šukriyy)
meaning "thankful, of thanks".
SOUDANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "Sudanese (referring to a person from Sudan)", derived from Arabic سُودَانِيّ (sūdāniyy)
History of this surname is unknown. A famous bearer with this last name is Nick E. Tarabay, a Lebanese-American actor.
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.
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.
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)
WALI Urdu, Pashto, Bengali, Arabic
Derived from Arabic وَلِيّ (waliyy)
meaning "helper, friend, protector", used in Islam to describe a saint.
YALAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Algerian family name possibly derived from Arabic يَعْلَى (yaʿlā)
or يَعْلَ (yaʿla)
both meaning "exalted, high".
From the Arabic زهراني (zahran)
meaning "flowering, blossoming"; ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra)
meaning "flower, blossom" (see Zahrah
). This surname is prevalent in Saudi Arabia.
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.
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.
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.
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]
Probably from the given name Zoha, which means "Morning light"