Aziz

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Aziz (Arabic: عزيز‎, ʿazīz, [ʕaziːz]) was originally a Northwest Semitic Syriac/Hebrew/Assyrian Neo-Aramaic word, but is now much more commonly (but not exclusively) known as a Central Semitic Arabic male name. Aziz in Arabic is derived from the root ʕ-z-z with a meaning of "strong, powerful". It is a cognate of Hebrew oz meaning "might, strength, power". The Semitic word refers to the "power and glory" of deities and kings. Al-Aziz is one of the names of God in Islam, and the word is also used in reference to the "king of Egypt" (pharaoh) in the quranic Surah-e-Yusuf.

But, due to the Persian word of identical pronunciation, the adjective has acquired its meaning of "dear, darling, precious". It is used in Persian and existing Semitic Languages such as Arabic, Assyrian Neo Aramaic, Mandic and Hebrew. Aziz is a common masculine given name, especially in the Muslim world but it has also continued to be used since Pre Islamic and Pre-Arab times by indigenous non-Muslim peoples in the Middle East, e.g. Assyrians, Jews/Israelites the Maronites, and Mandeans. The feminine form of both the adjective and the given name is Aziza.

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