Northern African Submitted Surnames
Northern African names
include those from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara. See also about African names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AÏT Berber, Northern African
Derived from Tamazight ⴰⵢⵜ (aït)
meaning "son", also commonly used a component for compound names and surnames.
ALBAZ Jewish, Northern African
Ashkenazic Jewish name meaning, "falconer" found mainly amongst Jewish peoples emigrating from Algeria and Morocco.
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.
AZOULAY Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish surname of disputed meaning; it may be derived from French azur
or Spanish azul
both meaning "blue" (of Persian origin), from Tamazight izîl
meaning "good, pure, sublime", or from an acronym of the Hebrew Biblical passage אִשָּׁ֨ה זֹנָ֤ה וַחֲלָלָה֙ לֹ֣א יִקָּ֔חוּ (’iš-šāh zō-nāh wa-ḥă-lā-lāh lō yiq-qā-ḥū)
meaning "They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane".
BOUJETTIF Northern African (Archaic)
Meaning, "The family of the son of the Clever Head" or "One Whom Possess a Clever Head." Bou
(normally used in the North African Regions of the Maghrib Countries) has 2 possible derivative meanings both originating from the Arabic language, "Son of..." or an Arabic word Tho
meaning, "One Who Possess A Quality." Jettif
is a variance of Jettef
which is derived from the ancient Tamazight or Imazighen (popularly known as Berber) and is pronounced "j-ixf" which means Clever, head, or brain."
ELMALEH Jewish, Northern African
Moroccan Jewish surname ultimately derived from Arabic مالح (malîh)
either meaning "good, handsome, charming" or "salty, savoury".
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.
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.
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”.
TAMAZIGHT Berber, Northern African
Derived from ⵜⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵗⵜ (Tamaziɣt)
, the Berber (Amazigh) name for the collective Berber language family used in North Africa.
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]