Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Muslim: from an Arabic personal name, As‛ad ‘happiest’, ‘luckiest’, a superlative adjective derived from sa‛īda ‘to be lucky or happy’. Compare Said.
  2. Muslim: nickname or ornamental name from Arabic asad ‘lion’. This was adopted as a surname by ̣Hafeż al-Assad (1928–2000), president of Syria from 1971 until his death.
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