Abdur Rab (Arabic: عبد الرب ) is a male Muslim given name, and in modern usage, surname. It is built from the Arabic words Abd, al- and Rabb. The name means "servant of the Lord", a Muslim theophoric name.
The letter a of the al- is unstressed, and can be transliterated by almost any vowel, often by u. Because the letter r is a sun letter, the letter l of the al- is assimilated to it. Thus although the name is written in Arabic with letters corresponding to Abd al-Rab, the usual pronunciation corresponds to Abd ar-Rab. Alternative transliterations include ‘Abd ar-Rabb, Abdul Rab, and others, all subject to variable spacing and hyphenation.
Notable persons with the name include:
People with the given name
- Abdur Rab Nishtar (1899–1958), Pakistani politician
- Abdurabb Al Yazeedi (born 1988), Qatari footballer
People with the surname
- A. S. M. Abdur Rab (born 1945), Bangladeshi politician
- P. K. Abdu Rabb (born 1948), Kerala politician
- Mohammad Abdur Rab, Bangladesh academic and administrator
- Syed Abdur Rabb (1903-1969), Bengali social worker
- Salahuddin Ahmed (1999). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. London: Hurst & Company.
- S. A. Rahman (2001). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. New Delhi: Goodword Books.
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