Updated June 9, 2019

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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.