Family name origins & meanings
- Muslim : from a personal name based on Arabic wahhāb ‘giver’. Al-Wahhāb ‘the All-Giver’ is one of the names of Allah (Qur’an 38:35). As a personal name, this is usually found in compounds such as ‛Abd al-Wahhāb ‘servant of the All-Giver’. Mụhammad ibn ‛Abd al-Wahhāb (1703–87) was the founder of the Wahhabi movement for the purification of Islam.