Last name origins & meanings:
- Muslim: from a personal name based on Arabic
mụṣtafā ‘chosen’, from Arabic ̣safā ‘to be
pure’, ‘to be select’. For Muslims, Al-Mụṣtafā is an
epithet referring to the Prophet Muhammad, while among Arabic-speaking
Christians it is applied to St. Paul. Mụṣtafa is among the most
popular personal names in the Islamic world. In Turkey, it is often
chosen in honor of Mustafa Kamal Atatürk (1881–1938), founder of
- Spanish (of Arabic origin): from the Arabic
personal name (see 1 above).
- Italian: from the Arabic personal
name (see 1 above), or from a nickname from Calabrian
mustafà ‘strong man with a walrus moustache’.
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