Hassan (given name)

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Hassan
Pronunciation Arabic: [ˈħasan]
Gender Male
Origin
Word/Name Arabic
Meaning handsome, good, benefactor
Other names
Variant form(s) al-Ḥasan
Related names Ḥassān
Hussein
Alassane
Lassana

Hassan (also spelled Hasan, Hassen, Hasson, Hassin, Hassine, Hacen, Hasen, Hasin, Hassa, Hassann, Hasa, Hasso, Cassin, Chassan, Chasan, Khassan, Khasan, Cassan, Casan, Hasaan, Alassane, Lassana, Lacène, or Lansenou) (Arabic: حسن‎, Ḥasan) is a masculine Arabic given name.

As a surname, Hassan may be Irish, Arabic or Hebrew (see Hassan (surname)).[1][2]

Etymology and spelling[edit]

The name Hassan in Arabic means 'handsome', 'good' or 'benefactor'.

There are two different Arabic names that are both romanized with the spelling "Hassan". However, they are pronounced differently, and in Arabic script spelled differently.

  • The more common name حسن Ḥasan (as in the name of Muhammad's grandson al-Ḥasan ibn ‘Alī [3]) has two short vowels and a single /s/. Its meaning is 'the good' or 'the handsome'. Its usual form in Classical Arabic is الحسن al-Ḥasan, incorporating the definite article al-, which may be omitted in modern Arabic names.
  • The name حسّان Ḥassān has a long vowel and a doubled /sː/. Its meaning is 'doer of good'. It is not used with the definite article in Arabic.

In the romanized spelling "Hassan," it is not possible to distinguish which of the two names is intended. The ambiguity can be removed by romanizing the former name as "Hasan" with a single s, and reserving the spelling with doubled s for the latter name.

King al-Ḥasan of Morocco (officially romanized as "Hassan" due to the influence of French orthography) is an example of the former. The early Islamic poet Ḥassān ibn Thābit is an example of the latter. In the original Arabic, the two different names are easily distinguished.

List of variant spellings

People[edit]

Hacine[edit]

Hasan[edit]

Hasson[edit]

Hassan[edit]

Hasaan[edit]

  • Hasaan Ibn Ali, American jazz pianist and composer, born William Henry Langford, Jr.

Hassanal[edit]

Hassen[edit]

Khasan[edit]

Khassan[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ By Edward Neafsey (2002). Surnames of Ireland. Irish Roots Cafe. ISBN 978-0-940134-97-3. 
  2. ^ avotaynu.com: Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel
  3. ^ Islamic names Annemarie Schimmel 1989
  4. ^ Finland's Population Register Centre: [1] (Select "Surname search" and enter "Hasanen")