List of Prominent Lebanese Surnames

NameSectAreaExamplesArabic
Abi al-Lama'MaroniteJdeideh / Matn / Mount LebanonHind; Eddy أبي اللمع
Abu Jawdih (Jawdeh) (Abou Jaoudeh)Toula / Batroun / North LebanonTonyأبو جودة
Abu Khatir (Abou Khater)MaroniteZahléToufic; Tonyأبو خاطر
Abu Shahlah (Abi Chahla)OrthodoxBeirut / Maimes (Nabatiyeh)Habibأبو شهلا
AkkariSunniTripoliNazemعكاري‎
Alam al-DinDruzeNajibعلم الدين
Ammun (Ammoun)MaroniteMount LebanonFouadعمون
AounMaroniteJabal Amel / South LebanonMichelعون
Aql (Akl)MaroniteZahléSaidعقل
AridiDruzeBaissour / Aley / Chouf / Mount Lebanon Ghazi; Salehالعريضي
ArslanDruzeChoueifat / South LebanonSami; Toufic; Majid; Faysal; Talalأرسلان‎
Asayli (Asseily)Christian / MuslimBeirut / Mount Lebanon / TripoliAlexanderعسيلي
BarbirMuslimBeirutNasibالبربير
BaydunMuslimBeirut / Saida (Sidon)بيضون
BayhumMuslimBeirutAbdallahبيهم
BazziShiaBint Jbeil 1Bint Jbeil. (2000). Bint Jbeil families and registered voters as of September 2000. URL. / South LebanonAli Ahmad; Mohamadبزي
BustaniMaroniteMount Lebanon / Chouf / Deir al QamarEmile; Butrusالبستاني
BustrosGreek OrthodoxBeirutCyril Salim; Danyبسترس
Chamoun (Cham'un)MaroniteCamille; Danyشمعون
Chehab (Shihab)MaroniteHasbaya / South Lebanon / Mount LebanonFouad; Khalidشهاب
Da'uqSunniBeirutAhmadداعوق
Dab-ban
Dabbas (Debbas)Greek OrthodoxCharlesدباس‎
DagherGreek Orthodox / ShiaBeirut (Christian) / South Lebanon (Shia)
DwayhiZgharta
Fadl
Far'awn (Pharaoun)Catholic (Melkite Greek)Henri; Michel
Fattal
FayyadGreek Orthodox
FernaineGreek Orthodox
Franjieh (Franjiyyah) (Frangieh)MaroniteZgharta / North LebanonSuleiman (Sulayman) (Jr.); Hamidفرنجية
Frayha
GedayGreek Orthodox
Gemayel (Jumayyil)MaroniteBikfayaPhilip; Pierre; Amineالجميل
GhusnOrthodoxNorth Lebanonغصن
HaddadCatholic (Melkite Greek)Marjaayoun / South Lebanon / Beit Chabab/ Mount LebanonAntoine; Joumana; Jean Assaadحداد
HamidihShiaBiqa'
HaririSunniSidonRafic; Saadالحريري
HaydarShiaBa'albak / Biqa' / Mount Lebanon
Helou (Hilu)MaroniteBeirutCharles; Pierreحلو
HibriSunniBeirut
HamadehDruze / ShiaHermel / BaalbekMarwan; Sabriحمادة
HittiMaroniteJoseph
HobeikaMaroniteKleiat / Mount LebanonElieحبيقة
HrawiEliasالهراوي
Hubaysh
HunchakArmenian
Huwayyik (Howayek)MaroniteBdadoun / Hsarat / Helta / Mount Lebanon / BatrounElias Peter; Saadallah; Youssefالحويك
Iddih (Eddé)MaroniteEdde / Byblos/ Jbeil (Mount Lebanon)Raymond; Emilأده‎
Ja'ja' (Geagea)Samirجعجع
Jallad
Jid'awn
Jumblatt (Junblat)DruzeChouf / Mount LebanonKamal, Waleedجنبلاط
KaramMaroniteZghartaكرم
Karami (Karamé)SunniTripoli / North LebanonAbdul Hamid; Rashidكرامي
KhabbazBatroun / North LebanonGabriel; Georges
KhalilShiaTyr / South Lebanon / North LebanonKazim; Kamilالخليل
KhazinMaroniteMount LebanonFaridالخازن
Khoury (Khuri) (Khoury)Maronite2Dekmejian, R. H. (1975). Patterns of political leadership: Egypt, Israel, Lebanon. Albany: State University of New York Press.
BasharaMichel; Bishara (Bechara); Elias; Fadloالخوري
Kittanih
Lahhudلحود
M'ushiMaronitePaulالمعوشي
Ma'luf (Malouf) (Maalouf)Melkite Greek CatholicHouran / Baalbek / Zabbougha / South LebanonNasri; Josephالمعلوف
MahmasaniSunniBeirut
Majdalany (Majdalani)OrthodoxBeirutNasim (Nassim)مجدلاني
MalikOrthodoxNorth LebanonCharles
MansurHusayn
MashnuqSunniBeirutAbdallah
Matar
MatniMuslimNasibالمتني
Mikati SunniTriboli, BeirutNajib; Taha; Nizar; Omar ميقاتي
MolaebDruzeBaissour / Aley / Chouf / Mount Lebanon Jamilملاعب‎
Mu'awwadMaroniteNorth LebanonReneمعوض
MubarakMusa
MughabghabCatholicNa'im
Mukarzil
MunlaSunniTripoliSa'adi
MurrOrthodox / Greek MelkiteGabriel; Georges
Na'imMaroniteWadi'
Nahhas
NajjarFuad
Nammur
NaqqashMaroniteGeorges; Alfred
Nasif
Nihmi
PashaMaroniteAugust Adib
Pasha al-Sa'ad (Pacha El-Saad)MaroniteAley (Mount Lebanon)Habib باشا السعد‎
RamgavarArmenian
Rizqرزق
Saba
Sabir
Sadnawi
Sahb
SalamSunniSouth LebanonSa'ib (Saeb); Tamamسلام
SalhaSunniBeirutNajib
Sarraf
Sawaya
ShadirArmenian CatholicJoseph
Shahin / ChahineShia/Sunniشاهين
Shammas
Sharaf al-Dinشرف الدين
Shidyāq (Chidiac)Maronite (some Sunni converts)BeirutAhmad Faris, Tannus, Mayالشدياق
ShihaMaroniteBeirut / Jounieh / Ghadeer Mansourieh / AnteliasMichelشيحا
Shubayr
SkaffCatholicZahlé / Biqa'Jeanسكاف
SulhSunniSaida / South Lebanon / BeirutRiyad; Samiالصلح
Sursuq (Sursock)Greek OrthodoxBeirutسرسق
TalhuqDruzeJamilتلحوق
Tannous (Tannus)Greek OrthodoxKobayat / Akkar / North LebanonIbrahim;
TaqlaCatholicPhilippeتقلا
Thabit (Tabet)Maronite (Protestant convert)Ayyub (Ayoub)ثابت
TradGreek OrthodoxBeirut / Keserwan / Mount LebanonPetro; Farid; Basilطراد
Twayni (Tueini)Greek OrthodoxBeirutGibran (Gebran); Ghassanتويني
UsayranShiaZahrani / South LebanonAdilعسيران
Uwayni (Oweini)SunniBeirutHusayn (Hussein)العويني‎
YazbikVariousBeirut (originally Uzbekistan)يزبك
Zaydanزيدان
Zayn/ZeinShia/SunniChehoûr (Shuhur) / Tyr / South LebanonAliالزين

References   [ + ]

1. Bint Jbeil. (2000). Bint Jbeil families and registered voters as of September 2000. URL.
2. Dekmejian, R. H. (1975). Patterns of political leadership: Egypt, Israel, Lebanon. Albany: State University of New York Press.

10 Comments on "List of Prominent Lebanese Surnames"

  1. Rose Whittney | April 3, 2020 at 10:57 am | Reply

    I am writing a book. My Memoires.Need infor if possible.Grandfather Joseph Lauro married Caroline Mac _ _ _ _ _? in Malta? in about 1905. Very limited on history. Heard she came from Lebanon and he from Malta. His sur name may be French or Italian. Hers? They came thru Ellis Island in about 1922. 5 children also.Settled in Detroit.They married in a Catholic Church. Was Catholicism strong in Lebanon? Was the name Caroline a Lebanese Name? I do not have history of her full last name.She died of a stroke in her early sixties. Granddad lived into his 80’s. My Dad was named Angelo Charles. He spoke 5 languages. Thank You.

    • It’s hard to guess her last name with just those three letters, but plenty of Lebanese Maronite Catholics have the first name Caroline due to French influence. A possible name that starts with Mac is Macksoud. That is used by some Maronite Catholics. The grandfather’s name sounds Italian, but the Maltese do have Italian influence. Their language is 25% from Italian. They also have some English/British influence, so it makes sense to have a name like Joseph.

  2. My nephew wants to learn Arabic but with Lebanese dialect. Is there anyone you know who is interested in tutoring him. Our family lives in Louisville, Ky and he at tends UK. My grandparents immigrated to America from Becharre.

    • Hello Mary,
      I’m Mario, an 18 year-old lebanese living in france, raised by two lebanese parents, thus speaking lebanese fluently. Perhaps i can help through distancial online learning. Feel free to contact me : mariocontactld@gmail.com
      Best regards,
      Mario K.

  3. Correction. My family name is zein and all my family is sunni. I never met someone who wrote it zayn. Everyone I met in my family writes it zein.

  4. Hi, my name is Libby Sahadi Mattus, I am trying to find information on my father’s side. My father’s name is Peter Sahadi he was born in Syria in 1912, his parents were Albirt Saade and Labebe, my grandmother died in childbirth, they had a daughter named Mary she was born in 1910, she married John Bedway. My father and sister came to the USA I think in 1917, that is when my grandfather changed the spelling of their last name, they resided in Pittsburg Pennsylvania.9

  5. Hunchak and Ramgavar are parties, not family names

  6. It seems you’re saying the original last name was Saade. The grandfather was Albert Saade. Saade is a common last name in Mount Lebanon. Your Albert was probably born in what is modern Lebanon. In 1912, Lebanon was labeled Syria. It was part of Syria, so if you were born in Lebanon in 1912, you were considered born in Lebanon. The last name means happiness. Which part of Mount Lebanon would Albert have been from? No idea. Maybe somewhere like Batroun. There are Saades there. But they’re also elsewhere. And they can be Orthodox or Maronite.

    https://www.theintelligencer.net/obituaries/2022/06/nicholas-bedway-jr/

    Here is a recent Bedway who passed. Their were services held a Maronite church there. Maybe you could contact Ron Sahadi in Brooklyn.

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