Last name origins & meanings:
- Muslim: from a personal name based on Arabic ‛alam
‘emblem’, ‘banner’, hence an epithet for a distinguished man.
‛Alam-al-Huda (‘banner of guidance’) is an honorific title of the
Prophet Muhammad. Alam is generally found in names in
combination with other words.
- Muslim: from a personal name based on
Arabic ‛ālam, literally ‘world’. ‛Ālamgir (in
combination with the Persian word gir ‘conqueror’) was a title
of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb (1618–1707), who ruled the Indian
subcontinent from 1658 to 1707. This name is found in a variety of
compounds, which are popular in the subcontinent, for example
Badrul-‛Ālam ‘full moon of the world’.
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