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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Muslim : from a personal name based on Arabic rạhīm ‘merciful’, ‘compassionate’. Ur-Rạhīm ‘the Merciful’ is an attribute of Allah (see the Qur’an 2:173). The name is also found in combinations such as ‛Abd ur-Rạhīm ‘servant of the Merciful’.

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