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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Muslim : from an Arabic personal name, As‛ad ‘happiest’, ‘luckiest’, a superlative adjective derived from sa‛īda ‘to be lucky or happy’. Compare Said.
  • Muslim : nickname or ornamental name from Arabic asad ‘lion’. This was adopted as a surname by ̣Hafẹz al-Assad (1928–2000), president of Syria from 1971 until his death.

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