100 Popular Muslim Last Names Or Surnames With Meanings

100 Popular Muslim Last Names Or Surnames With Meanings

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Muslims practice or follow Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion. They consider the Quran as their holy book, which is the verbatim of God as told to Prophet Muhammad. Therefore, their last names take a religious connotation and are usually associated with the Prophet. The ancestors used a patronymic naming system – the name derived from fathers and forefathers.

In this post, we give you a list of 100 Muslim last names or surnames with interesting origins and meanings.

100 Popular Muslim Last Names Or Surnames With Meanings

1. Abbas

It is derived from the Arabic personal name meaning “austere” or “stern.” This name has Arabic and Persian origins and is also used as a first or middle name.

2. Abdalla

This is a variant of the surname “Abdullah,” who is the father of the Prophet Muhammad. It means “servant of Allah.”

3. Afzal

The surname originated from an Arabic word and means “best” or “better.” It is an epithet for a learned man.

4. Ahmed

It is also spelled as “Ahmad.” The name is derived from the Arabic word “Hamida,” which means “the most praised.” The name is one of the epithets of Prophet Mohammad.

5. Akel

It is derived from a personal name “Aqil” that stands for “intelligent,” “wise,” or “sensible” in both Persian and Arabic.

6. Akhtar

This surname is popular in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Iran. It is derived from a Persian word that means “good luck” or “star.”

7. Aman

It comes from Arabic and means “trust,” “safety,” “tranquillity,” or “protection.” It is often used in other names such as Aman Allah, meaning “protection of Allah.”

8. Amir

This is based on the Arabic word “emir,” meaning “prince,” or “master.” It has been used to refer rulers of caliphs or provinces.

9. Atallah

It is a variant of the surname “Ataullah,” meaning “gift of God.” This is a combination of the Arabic words “Ata,” meaning “gift,” and “Allah,” meaning “God.”

10. Aziz

This surname is derived from the Arabic personal name “Abd al-Aziz,” meaning “servant of the beloved,” or “servant of the mighty.”

11. Badie

It is another spelling for Badi, an Arabic personal name that means “unique,” “beautiful,” or “wonderful.” This is a short form of Al-Badi, “the Sole Creator,” an attribute of Allah.

12. Baig

It is derived from the Turkish word “Beg,” which means “Lord” or “Commander.” The word was a title of respect and refers to a local administrator in the Ottoman Empire.

13. Bari

This surname is taken from the Arabic personal name, “bari” meaning “originator.” It is a shortened form of Al-Bari, “the Creator,” and it is one of the attributes of Allah.

14. Bashir

It is taken from the personal name Bashir, which comes from Arabic and means “the one who brings good news.”

15. Begum

It was originally an honorific title for addressing a respectable lady or the wife of “Beg,” the Turkish title for a commander or any higher official.

16. Beshara

It is a variant of the Arabic surname, “Bishara,” which means “good news.”

17. Bilal

The name of one of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad, who became the first Muezzin (caller to prayer). It refers to Arabic “bilal,” meaning “moist.”

18. Dada

It is derived from the name Dada of Persian origin, meaning “given” or “gift of God.”

19. Dallal

A variant of the Arabic word “Dilal,” meaning “auctioneer.” It was originally an occupational name for a broker.

20. Dar

It is derived from the Persian word “Dar,” meaning “holder,” “keeper,” or “master.” The surname is also suffixed or prefixed with words to form other surnames.

21. Darwish

It originates from the Turkish and Persian word “Dervi,” meaning “beggar” or “needy.” This surname was originally used to indicate a Sufi holy man.

22. Din

It is derived from Turkish, Arabic, and Persian words “Deen,” which means “religion.”

23. Doud

It is a variant of the name “Dawud,” which is the Arabic version of the name “David.” The name “Dawud” in Arabic means “messenger of Allah.”

24. Ebrahim

It is the Arabic form of the name of Prophet Abraham, which means “father of a multitude.”

25. Eid

This surname is derived from the Arabic word “Eid,” meaning “festivity.” It is usually used as a part of the name for a baby born on any of the two festive days, namely Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

26. Elamin

It is a variant of the surname “Al-Amin,” which means “faithful” or “trustworthy.” It is an Arabic epithet and honorific title of the Prophet.

27. Elbaz

It is derived from the Arabic and Persian word “Baz,” meaning “falcon,” with the addition of “el” referring to “the.” It was originally used by falconers or those who belonged to royal or aristocratic families.

28. Emami

This surname is an adjective derivative of the Arabic word “Imam,” meaning “one who leads the way.” It is an honorific title for the one who leads prayers at the mosque.

29. Fadel

This surname comes from an Arabic word that means “virtuous,” “generous,” or “excellent.”

30. Faraj

It comes from Arabic and means “remedy for grief or troubles” or “comfort.”

31. Farha

This is a variant spelling of the Arabic name “Farah” or “Fariha” and means “happiness,” “joy,” or “glee.”  It is also used as a first name.

32. Farooq

It means “distinguisher” in Arabic and is derived from the element “Faruq.” This is often used as a byname, as in “Al-Faruq,” meaning “the one who distinguishes between right and wrong.”

33. Farran

It is a variant of the name “Farhan.” The name originates from Arabic and means “glad” or “happy.”

34. Fawaz

It originates from “Fawz,” the Arabic word for “victory” or “triumph.” The name is also used as a first name.

35. Firman

It is an alternative spelling of the name “Farman,” which originates from Persian and means “order,” “decree,” or “command.”

36. Gaber

It is derived from the Arabic personal name, “Jabir,” meaning “healer,” “bone-setter,” or “comforter.” The name might have originally been an occupational one.

37. Ghaffari

This surname comes from the Arabic word “Ghaffar,” meaning “merciful.” The word is also part of the name “Al-Ghaffar,” one of the names of Allah.

38. Ghanem

The name has Arabic and Turkish origins, and means “prosperous” or “successful.”

39. Habeeb

It is a variant of the Arabic word “Habib,” which means  “beloved,” “love,” or “darling.” It is an epithet for Mohammad and used in “Habibullah,” meaning “beloved of Allah.”

40. Hadi

Hadi means “guide” or “leader” in Arabic. This surname is taken from “Al-Hadi,” which is one of the honorific names for Allah and means “the guide.”

41. Hafeez

It is derived from “Hafiz,” an Arabic word that means “protector” or guardian.” The name is also part of “Al-Hafiz,” one of the honorific titles of Allah.

42. Hai

It is derived from the Arabic word “Al-haya,” meaning “life.” The name is also considered as one of the honorific titles of Allah.

43. Haidar

This surname means “lion” or “brave,” and comes from Arabic. The name is also used as a first name.

44. Hakim

It is the Arabic word for “wise” or “learned.” The name assigned to Allah as “Al-Hakim,” meaning “the all-wise.”

45. Hallal

This surname has an Arabic origin and means “resolver” or “solver.”

46. Hamdan

Hamdan means “much praise” or the “praised one” in Arabic. The name is a derivative of the Arabic word “Hamid,” meaning “praised” or “praiseworthy.”

47. Hana

This is derived from an Arabic female personal name “Hana,” which means “happiness” or “bliss.”

48. Haq

It is a derivative of the Arabic word “Haqeeqat,” meaning “truth,” “true,” or “real.” This surname is taken from Allah’s attributes, “Al-Haqq,” which means “the truth.”

49. Hariri

It is derived from “Harir,” the Arabic word for “silk.” The name likely has an occupational origin referring to a silk merchant or a maker of silk clothes.

50. Harroun

It is derived from “Harun,” which is the Arabic variant of “Aaron,” a prophet mentioned in the Quran. Aaron means “messenger” in Hebrew.

51. Hasan

This surname means “handsome” or “good” in Arabic. Hasan was also the name of Hasan ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

52. Hashim

Hashim means “crusher” in Arabic. It is the byname of the great-grandfather of the Prophet Muhammad.

53. Mian

It is a title of respect as in Urdu “Mian,” meaning “sir.” The word comes from the Persian word “Miyan,” meaning “between,” used to address an older man.

54. Mina

It is derived from the Arabic element “minah,” meaning “favors” or “gifts.” Another origin could be the Persian word “Mina,” meaning  the “azure color.”

55. Minhas

The surname is derived from the Arabic word “Minhaj,” which means “way,” “order,” or “method.”

56. Mirza

It is derived from a historical title of Persian origin that denotes a royal prince or high nobleman. It is a shortened form of “Mir-Zadeh,” meaning “child of a king.”

57. Mitri

It is possibly derived from the Arabic word “Misri,” which refers to an Egyptian.

58. Moghadam

Moghadam or Moghaddam is a Perso-Arabic surname that originates from the Arabic word “Muqaddam,” meaning “chief,” “head,” “administrator,” or “supervisor.”

59. Mohiuddin

It is an Indian variant of the Arabic surname “Mohy al-Din,” meaning “reviver of religion.”

60. Mona

It is a variant of the name “Muna,” which comes from the Arabic word “Munyah,” meaning “desires” or “wishes.”

61. Muhammad

This name is based on the Arabic word “Muhammad,” meaning “praiseworthy.” It is the name of the founder of Islam, and extremely common throughout the Muslim religion. It is also used as a first name.

62. Mustafa

It is from the Arabic word “Mustafa,” meaning “chosen.” The name is also derived from “Al-Mustafa,” an epithet of Prophet Muhammad. Mustafa is also used as a first name.

63. Nagi

It is derived from the Arabic word “Naji,” meaning “close friend.” “Najiullah,” meaning “friend of Allah,” is one of the bynames of the Prophet Muhammad.

64. Nasir

This last name means “helper” or “supporter” in Arabic. It is also found in compound names such as “Nasruddin,” meaning “protector of religion.”

65. Niazi

It comes from the Persian word “Niyaz,” which means “desire,” “wish,” “prayer,” or “requirement.”

66. Obeid

It is a variant of the Arabic name “Ubayd,” which means “humble servant” or an “inferior servant.” This name is also found in combinations, such as in “Obeidullah,” meaning “humble servant of Allah.”

67. Odeh

This surname means “returning visitor” and is a variant of “Aidah,” which is of Arabic origin.

68. Omar

This is related to the Arabic word “amir,” meaning “full of life,” “substantial,” “large,” or “prosperous.”

69. Othman

The name comes from the Arabic word “Uthman,” which refers to the Bustard bird. Othman was also the name of one of the Prophet’s companions.

70. Ozer

This is a Turkish form of the Arabic name “Uzayr,” a figure mentioned in the Quran. The name “Uzayr” likely comes from the Hebrew personal name “Ezra,” meaning “help” or “salvation.”

71. Parsa

It means “devout,” “chaste,” or “pious” and has Persian origins.

72. Pour

It is a derivative of Persian “pur,” meaning “son of.” For instance, Mahmud puri Sabuktagin means “Mahmud son of Sabuktagin.”

73. Qadir

This surname means “capable,” “able,” or “powerful” in Arabic. It is also a derivative of “Al-Qadir,” an attribute of Allah that means “the all-powerful.”

74. Qasim

Qasim means “divider” or “distributor” in Arabic. It was the name of one of the sons of the Prophet Muhammad.

75. Raad

It is derived from the Arabic word “Rayid,” which means “leader,” “pioneer,” “model,” or “frontier.”

76. Rabbani

This last name is derived from the Arabic word “Rabbani,” meaning “divine.” The name is also taken from an attribute of Allah, “Al-Rabb,” meaning “the Lord” or “the Master.”

77. Radi

The surname comes from the Arabic word “Radi,” which means “pleased” or “satisfied.”

78. Rafiq

Rafiq means “companion” or “intimate friend” in Arabic. It is also used in combination, such as in “Rafiq ul-Islam,” meaning “friend of Islam.” Rafiq is also used as a first name.

79. Rahman

It comes from the Arabic word “Rahma,” meaning “most gracious,” “benevolent,” or “merciful.” It often forms a part of compound names, such as in “Abd ur-Rahman,” meaning “servant of the most gracious.”

80. Rahim

It means “compassionate,” “kind,” or “merciful” in Arabic. The name also comes from “Al-Rahim,” one of the many names of Allah.

81. Saab

It is derived from the Arabic word “Sabah,” which means “morning” or “dawn.”

82. Saadeh

It comes from Arabic personal name “Sadat,” which is plural for “Lord” or “Prince.” The name is a title of respect for descendants of the Prophet.

83. Salaam

This surname means “safety” or “peace” in Arabic. The name is also found in other words, such as “As-Salam,” an attribute of Allah that means “the all-peaceable.”

84. Salik

It means “wayfarer” or “traveler.” This is commonly used as a last name by Sufi order members whose intention is to seek God’s realization.

85. Salman

It is a derivative of the Arabic personal name “Salman,” meaning “safe.” The name also comes from “Salman al-Farsi,” who was one of the companions of Prophet Mohammad.

86. Sayed

It is an alternative form of the Arabic name “Sayyid,” meaning “master” or “Lord.” This is an honorific title often used by the successors of Fatima, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad.

87. Shakir

The surname Shakir means “thankful” or “grateful” in Arabic. It is also found in the name “Al-Shakir,” one of the many names of Allah, which means “the all-gracious.”

88. Tamer

It is a variant of “Tamir,” meaning “dates” or “rich in dates” in Arabic.

89. Tariq

Tariq means “morning star” in Arabic. .’ “Al-Tariq” is also the title of one of the chapters (Surah) of the Quran.

90. Uddin

It is derived from the Arabic word “Al-din,” meaning “of the religion.” It is used as a suffix to compound Arabic names, such as “Sallah ud-Din.”

91. Vaziri

This surname is a Persian form of the Arabic word “Waziri,” meaning “minister.”

92. Vohra

It is a spelling variant of “Bohra,” a group within a sub-sect of Shia Islam. The name “Bohra” likely originates from a Gujarati word “vyavahar,” which means “to trade” and refers to a merchant.

93. Wahab

It is derived from the Arabic word “Wahaba,” meaning “giver” or “to bestow.” The name also comes from one of the names of Allah, “Al-Wahab,” which means “the all-giver.”

94. Waheed

This is a variant of the name “Wahid,” meaning “matchless” or “unique” in Arabic. It is also a popular first name.

95. Wali

It means “guardian,” “protector,” “Lord,” “friend,” or “saint” in Arabic. The name is also found in titles, such as “Wali Allah,” meaning “friend of God,” an epithet for Prophet Muhammad.

96. Yamin

The surname is taken from “Yamin,” an Arabic personal name that means “right-hand side.”

97. Yousuf

It is also spelled as “Youssef” and “Yusuf.” The name is the Arabic equivalent of “Joseph,” and refers to Prophet Yousuf in the 12th chapter (Surah) of the Quran.

98. Zadeh

This is a derivative of the Persian “zada,” meaning “son.” It is also used as a suffix to the name as in “Shah-Zada,” meaning “son of the king.”

99. Zahra

This originates from a female Arabic name, and is the feminine form of the Arabic name “Azhar,” meaning “brilliant,” “bright,” or “radiant.” The name is also an epithet of Fatima, daughter of Prophet Muhammad.

100. Zia

It is a Perso-Arabic last name derived from the Persian personal name “Zia,” meaning “light,” and the Arabic form “diya,” meaning “illumination” or “light.” This is also a notable given name of girls.

The above list includes the last names of both men and women, along with their meanings and significance. Just like last names from any religion, Muslim last names contain glimpses of the history of Islam and its associated culture. We hope you found these names interesting.