Family name origins & meanings
- Muslim : from Arabic Ayyūb, the Arabic form of the Hebrew (Biblical) name Īyōb ‘Job’. In the suras he is regarded as a messenger of Allah. This name is borne by Christians (in Lebanon and elsewhere) as well as by Muslims. The spread of the name among Muslims is partly due to the fame of ̣Salạ̄h ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb (Saladin), founder of the Ayyubid dynasty.