Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Abbas (Name)

Abbas (transliteration: ʿAbbās) is an Arabic name for boys that means “lion”1 and “a lion that other lions run away from”2. Its literal meaning is “grim-faced”.34

There are 15 Companions of the Prophet Muhammad with the name Abbas (see list below), the most of whom is Abbas bin Abdul Muttalib, uncle of the Prophet:

  • al-Abbas bin Anas bin Aamir al-Salamiالعباس بن أنس بن عامر السلمي
  • Abbas bin Jamhanعباس بن جهمانal-
  • Abbas al-Himyariالعباس الحميري
  • Abbas al-Ra`liعباس الرعلي
  • Abbas bin Ubadah bin Nadhlahعباس بن عبادة بن نضلة
  • Abbas bin Abbas bin Abd al-Mutallibعباس بن عباس بن عبد المطلب
  • al-Abbas bin Abd al-Mutallib العباس بن عبد المطالب
  • al-Abbas bin Utbah bin Abi Lahab al-Hashimiالعباس بن عتبة بن أبي لهب الهاشمي
  • al-Abbas al-Sulamiالعباس السلمي
  • Abbas bin Alqamahعباس بن علقمة
  • Abbas bin Qais al-Hajariعباس بن قيس الحجري
  • Abbas bin Qais bin Aamirعباس بن قيس بن عامر
  • al-Abbas bin Mirdas al-Salamiالعباس بن مرداس السلمي
  • al-Abbas bin Ma`di Karb al-Zubaidiالعباس بن معدي كرب الزبيدي
  • al-Abbas slave of Bani Hashimالعباس مولى بني هاشم

Below is the name Abbas written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Abbas in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Al-Ubaab al-Zaakhir by al-Saghaani (d. 1252 CE), entry for عبس.
  2. Taaj al-Aroos by Murtada al-Zabidi (d. 1790 CE), entry for عبس.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Al-Misbaah al-Muneer by al-Fayyumi (d. 1368 CE), entry for عبس.

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