Last name origins & meanings:
- Muslim: from a personal name based on Arabic qādir
‘powerful’ or qadīr ‘able’, ‘capable’. Both
Al-Qādir ‘the All-Powerful’ and Al-Qadīr ‘the
Capable’ are attributes of Allah. Qādir is found in
combinations such as ‛Abd-ul-Qādir ‘servant of the
All-Powerful’ or Nur-ul-Qādir ‘light of the All-Powerful’.
‛Abdul-Qādir al-Jilānī (1077–1166) was one of the most
celebrated Sufis in Islam.
- Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): occupational name from Hebrew qador ‘potter’.
(Kadeř): nickname for someone with curly hair, from
kadeř ‘curl’, now a rather old-fashioned term. Compare
- German: perhaps from the Germanic personal
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