Last name origins & meanings:
- Muslim: from an Arabic personal name, As‛ad
‘happiest’, ‘luckiest’, a superlative adjective derived from
sa‛īda ‘to be lucky or happy’. Compare
- 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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