Last name origins & meanings:
- German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for
a soap maker, from Middle High German seife, German
- Arabic: from a personal name based
on sayf ‘sword’. Saifullah ‘sword of Allah’ was a title
of honor bestowed by the Prophet Muhammad on the military leader
Khālid ibn-al-Walīd (see Khalid).
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