Arabic Surnames

110+ Arabic Surnames That Sound Beautiful 

Arabic surnames sound beautiful — and they have beautiful meanings. Some of them are associated with specific places. Others are associated with qualities like kindness or intelligence. If you’re creating a story with Middle Eastern characters, you should search through this list of popular Arabic surnames. After all, your family name is incredibly important.

Common Arabic Last Names (A-E) 

Remember, a surname shows a person’s connection to their heritage. That’s why you should use a common Arabic surname for your Arabic-speaking characters from Saudi Arabia. Here are a few popular family names that you can use:

Abadi

This name means eternal.

Abdullah

This means servant of God.

Ahmad

This means the praised one.

Ali

This means exalted or elevated.

Allah

This means God.

Al Amin

This means trustworthy.

Asghar.

This means smallest.

Ayad

This means blessing or powerful.

Adel

This Egyptian surname means just.

Amer

This surnamee means one who has a long and prosperous life.

Ashraf

This Arabic surname means the most honorable one.

Awad

This means lute maker or lute player.

Ait

This means people of or family of.

Alami

This refers to people who have migrated from Arabia to Morocco.

Amine

This means faithful or trustworthy.

Alaoui

This name comes from the ruling Royal family.

Aziz

This name means strong and powerful.

Abed

This is a name, meaning worshiper or devout.

Anouar

This is one of the most beautiful Arabic surnames, meaning light.

Aqueel

This is a surname, meaning knowledgeable or wise.

Abdul

This is a popular surname, meaning servant.

Baghdadi

This means from Baghdad.

Bakir

This means dawn.

Bilal

This means the victorious or water’s glow.

Bachir

This name means the one who brings good news.

Bayoumi.

This means the blueness of the river Nile.

Boutros

This means rock.

Cherkaoui

This means from the east.

Daher

This means evident or clear.

Darwish

This means exploring or wandering.

Dawound

This means beloved.

Essa

This means Jesus.

Ebeid

This means worshipper of god or devoted servant.

Elsayed

This means the master.

Popular Arabic Last Names (F-H)

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Your given name is important. Don’t underestimate its power. Here are some more common Arabic last names to use:

Fadel

This means virtuous or generous.

Faheem

This means understanding or intelligent.

Faraj

This means joy after sadness.

Gaddafi

This name means the archer or thrower.

Ghulam

This name means servant of God.

Ghazzawi

This name is derived from Palestine.

Habib

This name means beloved.

Hadid

This name means iron.

Hafeez

This means guardian.

Hasan

This means handsome, manly benefactor.

Hussain

This means beautiful or handsome.

Hajji

This means one who has completed the Hajj to Mecca.

Hajjar

This means stone.

Halawa.

This means sweets.

Harbi

This means from the Harb Tribe.

Homsi

This means from Homs, Syria.

Arabic Surnames (I-K)

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You don’t have to search far for some more classic names. Here are some more Arabic last names that sound beautiful:

Ibrahim

This means father of many.

Iqbal

This means good fortune or prosperity.

Irfan

This means knowledge or awareness.

Idrissi

This means studious.

Ihsan

This means perfection, beauty, or excellence.

Jalal

This means majesty or glory.

Jaziri

This means self-confidence or independence.

Jameel

This is a common surname. It means handsome or beautiful.

Jaafar

This means small stream or creek.

Jubran

This basically means to make good change or help the poor.

Karam

This means generosity or support.

Khalid

This means members of the tribe Bani Khalid.

Karim

This name means honorable.

Khalid

This name means eternal.

Khan

This name means king.

Khoury

This means priest.

Khalil

This means friend.

Arabic Surnames (L-R)

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Your family name matters as much as your first name. That’s why you need to put effort into naming your characters correctly. Here are some common Arabic last names:

Lahlou

This means sweet.

Latif

This means gentle or kind.

Malik

This surname means king.

Mohammad

This surname means praised. It is famous because of the Prophet Mohammed.

Magdy

This means glorious or praiseworthy.

Mostafa

This means the chosen one.

Mansouri

This name comes from the Sufi Saint, Khwaja Mansour al Hallaj.

Mukhtair

This means chosen.

Mustapha

This means chosen or selected.

Mehdi

This means rightly guided.

Noor

This means the light.

Naciri

This means the helper.

Naji

This means survivor.

Osman

This means the chosen one.

Ouazzani

This means from the town of Ouzzne Morocco.

Qadir

This means almighty.

Qureshi

This means a member of the Quraysh Tribe of Mecca.

Rafiq

This means intimate friend or companion.

Al Rashid

With the prefix Al, this means the right-minded.

Ramadan

This means scorched or parchedness.

Rachid

This means the high one.

Rabah

This means winner.

Rafiq

This means follower of god.

Arabic Surnames (S-Z)

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A lot of names in the Arab world are religious. A last name might mean exalted father, follower of god, or young servant of God. Here are some popular Arabic last names with their meanings:

Sultan

This means ruler.

Syed

This surname means respectful man.

Saad

This means good luck.

Said

This means happy.

Shariq

This means bright shining star or devoted companion.

Salem

This means safe, secure, or complete.

Samir

This means a holy, jovial, or loyal companion.

Soliman

This is a Biblical name that means the peaceful one.

Sbai

This means affectionate or one who longs for something.

Slimani

This is based on a Biblical name, meaning peaceful.

Sarkis

This means protector.

Shehab

This means meteor or shooting star.

Shishani

This means the Chechen.

Tawil

This surname means tall.

Tazi

This means from the Tayyi Tribe.

Taleb

This means seeker of knowledge.

Al Tajir

This means the merchant.

Wahid

This means the absolute one.

Wahba

This is a surname, meaning gift or present.

Yacoub

This is a surname, meaning to follow.

Yusuf

This means he will. It’s an Islamic version of the Biblical name Joseph.

Youssef

This also means he will.

Zaman

This means time or era.

Ziadeh

This means overabundance or surplus.

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