100 Muslim Last Names With Meanings And History

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Knowing the meaning of your last name is a great way to find out where your family tree begins.

There are lots of Muslim names with each having its own meaning and history. Most of these names have a religious background and meaning based on the holy book.

Whether you stumbled on this article whilst looking for character names inspiration or are in search of the meaning of your own last name, we have the answers for you. You will not only find out about your last name but also get to learn some history behind a lot of common Muslim names. Keep on reading to find out more about Islamic last names and the meanings of the name given to your family in Arabic.

You might as well want to check out our list of Vietnamese last names and Lebanese last names.

Popular Muslim Last Names

Did you know: According to a study in 2015 there were 1.8 billion adherents to the Islam faith.

Certain Muslim names are more common than others and thus could be because of their meanings and what they represent. These surnames originating from different parts of the world, but most commonly the middle east, are rich in history. As popular as the name Khan is, it is a Muslim name. Some popular Muslim names include Omar, Hamdan, and so on. Find out which some Muslim last names are more popular than others with this list of popular Muslim last names.

1. Abadi (Arabic origin) meaning "eternal," and the people with these last names are descendants of the Abbad tribe.

2. Abbas (Arabic origin) means "stern" or "lion," and it also has a Persian origin.

3. Abdallah (Arabic origin) means "servant of God".

4. Ahmed (Arabic origin) means "praised one".

5. Ali (Arabic origin) means "elevated," "high," or "champion," and is the name of the Fourth Caliph in Islam.

6. Amin (Persian origin) meaning "trustworthy" or "faithful".

7. Badawi (Arabic origin) a name given to the people of Bedouin tribes, referred to as desert dwellers.

8. Badie (Arabic origin) means "beautiful," "wonderful," or "unique".

9. Baig (Turkish origin) meaning "commander" or "lord," a title of respect given to the administrator of the Ottoman empire.

10. Baghdadi (Iraqi origin) meaning "bestowed by God".

11. Bashir (Arabic origin) meaning "the one who brings good news".

12. Bilal (Arabic origin) means "moist" and is the name of the first caller to prayer, Muezzin.

13. Dada (Persian origin) means "gift of God" or "given".

14. Darwish (Turkish origin) means "to wander" or "to roam," given the nomads.

15. Ebied (Arabic origin) means "worshipper of God".

16. Fadel (Arabic origin) "virtuous" or "someone gracious".

17. Farooq (Arabic origin) means "distinguisher" or "one who differentiates right from wrong".

18. Farhan (Arabic origin) means "happy" or "glad".

19. Fawaz (Arabic origin) meaning "triumph" or "victory".

20. Habib (Arabic origin) means "darling" or "beloved".

21. Hadi (Arabic origin) means "lead" or "guide".

22. Hafeez (Arabic origin) meaning "protector" or "guardian".

23. Hakim (Arabic origin) means "the healer" or "wise".

24. Hariri (Arabic origin) means "silk" given to the families that traded silk.

25. Hasan (Arabic origin) means"good" or "handsome".

26. Hashim (Arabic origin) meaning "crusher" and was the name of the grandfather of the prophet Muhammad.

Unique Muslim Last Names

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Some Islamic names are so rare and for these unique surnames, not a lot is known about them or the history behind them. With this list, you get to find out the meanings of those Islamic middle eastern surnames that are less than common. Here are some unique Muslim last names.

27. Afzal (Arabic origin) means "better" or "best".

28. Akel (Persian origin) means "wise" or "intelligent".

29. Akthar (Persian origin) meaning "star" or "good luck".

30. Ayad (Arabic origin) means "power" or "blessing".

31. Aziz (Arabic origin) meaning "dearest one" often given to servants of God, and might have the prefix, Al.

32. Bakir (Arabic origin) meaning "dawn" or "early".

33. Begum (Turkish origin) a title for a respectable lady or the wife of a high official.

34. Enami (Arabic origin) means "one who leads the way" a title given to the person who leads prayers at the mosque.

35. Faez (Arabic origin) meaning "victory".

36. Farhat (Persian origin) meaning "splendour" or "status".

37. Farsi (Persian origin) means "the Persian" a name held by people who come from Persia.

38. Firman (Persian origin) meaning "command" or "order".

39. Ghaffari (Arabic origin) meaning "merciful".

40. Ghanem (Turkish origin) means "successful" or "prosperous".

41. Hai (Arabic origin) meaning "life," considered one of the honorific titles of Allah.

42. Hijazi (Arabic origin) a name given to people from Hejaz in Saudi Arabia.

43. Irfan (Arabic origin) meaning "one who is knowledgeable".

44. Issawi (Arabic origin) meaning "soft," "tender," and "gentle".

45. Jalal (Arabic origin) meaning "superiority," "glory," "power," and "strength".

46. Jawahir (Arabic origin) often refers to precious stones or metals.

47. Kashif (Arabic origin) meaning "pioneer" or "one who discovers".

48. Laghmani (Arabic origin) means "born at nightfall" and marks a time of peace and silence.

49. Mian (Persian origin) meaning "between" or "sir".

50. Mirza (Persian origin) meaning "child of a King," given to a royal or high noble.

51. Nagi (Arabic origin) means "close friend".

Ancient Muslim Last Names

There are Muslim last names that come from an older generation and have deep meaning. These names most likely originated from the time of the prophet Muhammad and they reveal your family's lineage. Contrary to what people think, the name Merchant is not a Muslim name, even though it has been used as an occupational name for a trader. There are many beautiful surnames that have made it through history. Here you will find notable Arabic last names and other historic surnames.

52. Asghar (Arabic origin) meaning “radiance” or “shinning”.

53. Bashar (Arabic origin) means “the bringer of good things”.

54. Burhan (Arabic origin) means “one with proof” or “knowledgable one”.

55. Dawoud (Arabic origin) meaning “a beloved friend” and is the Arabic version of David.

56. Faheem (Arabic origin) means “intelligent” or “perceptive,” mention in the Quran as Fahm meaning ‘understanding”.

57. Faizan (Arabic origin) means “generous one” or “ruler”.

58. Fasih (Arabic origin) meaning the “eloquent one”.

59. Fayed (Arabic origin) means ‘the benefiter”.

60. Ghazali (Arabic origin) means “mystic,” ‘saint,” or “philosopher”.

61. Ghazawi (Palestine origin) given to people who came from Gaza in Palestine.

62. Hadid (Arabic origin) meaning “iron”.

63. Hamdi (Arabic origin) means “praiseworthy” given to a person highly praised by Allah.

64. Hasnawi (Arabic origin) is a generational name, often given to people from Algeria.

65. Ibrahim (Arabic origin) means “the exalted father” the Islamic version of Abraham.

66. Isa (Arabic origin) means “ice” or “iron,” considered to be a prophet in Islam.

67. Jabal (Arabic origin) means “great height” often refers to a mountain.

68. Jaziri (Arabic origin) means “independence” or “self-confidence”.

69. Karim (Arabic origin) meaning “the noble’ or “the generous” also one of the 99 names of Allah.

70. Kassab (Arabic origin) refers to the breadwinner of the family.

71. Maamoun (Arabic origin) refers to a person who is trustworthy.

72. Marwan (Arabic origin) meaning “leadership and strength,” gotten from a stone used to start a fire in ancient times.

73. Mufti (Arabic origin) meaning “counsellor” or “legal advisor,” given to legal advisors in the middle ages.

74. Mustafa (Arabic origin) means “the chosen one” one of the many names given to the prophet Muhammed.

75. Nabih (Arabic origin) means “honor” or “being aware and vigilant”.

76. Najm (Arabic origin) means “star”.

77. Najjar (Arabic origin) means “carpenter” given to people of the carpentry profession.

78. Noor (Arabic origin) means “divinity.”

79. Qadir (Arabic origin) meaning “competent”.

80. Qureshi (Arabic origin) given to the descendants of the Quraish tribe in the time of the prophet Mohammed, they were prosperous businessmen.

81. Rafiq (Arabic origin) means “follower of God,” “close friend,” and “companion”.

Modern Muslim Last Names

For more modern Muslim surnames to inspire you, then keep reading this list. Some of them are also Arabic surnames of other variations.

82. Abd Al-Rashid (Arabic origin) means "servant of the right-minded”

83. Aman (Arabic origin) means “tranquillity,” “trust,” “protection,” or “safety”.

84. Amir (Arabic origin) means “prince” used to refer to rulers of provinces.

85. Bari (Arabic origin) means “originator”.

86. Beshara (Arabic origin) means “good news” a variant of the name Bishara.

87. Dallal (Arabic origin) means “auctioneer” a variant of the name Dilal.

88. Dar (Arabic origin0 meaning “keeper,” “master” or “holder”.

89. Din (Turkish origin) means “religion” a variation of the word Deen.

90. Eid (Arabic origin) means “festivity”.

91. Elamin (Arabic origin) means “faithful” a variation of the surname Al-Amin.

92. Elbaz (Persian origin) means “the falcon”.

93. Faraj (Arabic origin) means “comfort” or “remedy for grief or troubles”.

94. Farha (Arabic origin) means “glee,” “joy,” or “happiness”.

95. Gaber (Arabic origin) means “comforter,” or “healer” derived from the name Jabir.

96. Haidar (Arabic origin) means “brave” or “lion”.

97. Hallal (Arabic origin) means “solver” or “resolver”.

98. Hamdan (Arabic origin) means “praised one” or “much praise”.

99. Hana (Arabic origin) means “bliss” or “happiness” derived from the name Hana.

100. Vaziri (Persian origin) means “minister”.

Kidadl has lots of great baby names articles to inspire you. If you liked our suggestions for Muslim Last Names then why not take a look at Greek surnames, or Turkish surnames.

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