Abdullah (name)

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Abdullah
Father of Muhammad, Abdullah Ibn Abd ul-Mutallib عبد الله بن عبد المطلب.png
ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib, father of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, Abdallah was one of the most famous bearers of this name.
GenderMale
Language(s)Arabic
Origin
MeaningServant of the God,
Follower of the God
Other names
Variant form(s)Abdallah

Abdullah or Abdallah is the primary transliteration of the Arabic given name, Arabic: عبد الله, built from the Arabic words ʿAbd and Allah. The first letter a in Allah in its native pronunciation is unstressed, and is elided following another vowel; in the case of Abdu-llah this is the -u of the Classical Arabic nominative case. It is one of many Arabic theophoric names, meaning servant of God. God's Follower is also a meaning of this name.

Humility before God is an essential value of Islam, hence Abdullah is a common name among Muslims. However, the name of the Islamic prophet Muhammad's father was Abdullah. The prophet's father died before his birth, which indicates that the name was already in use in pre-Islamic Arabia.

It is also common among Mizrahi Jews, especially Iraqi Jews and Syrian Jews. The name is cognate to and has the same meaning as the Hebrew Abdiel and, more commonly, Obadiah. There were two Jewish Rabbis in Medina before Islam came; they were Abdullah ibn Salam and Abdullah ibn Shuria. Abdullah ibn Saba was a Yemenite Jew during the spread of Islam.

The variant used in the Russian language is "Абдулла́" (Abdulla) (cf. Fedul, which has similar origins), with "Абду́л" (Abdul) and "Габдулла́" (Gabdulla) often used in Adyghe.[1] The Spanish variant is Abdala.

The Christian Arabic Bible uses the word Allah for God. Presently in the Middle East, the name is sometimes used by Christians, as a given or family name.[citation needed]

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Abd-Allah[edit]

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Abdelilah[edit]

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Abdollah[edit]

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Abdulah[edit]

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Abdalla[edit]

Abdallah[edit]

Abdellah[edit]

Abdulah[edit]

Abdullah[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Superanskaya, p. 20

Sources[edit]

  • А. В. Суперанская (A. V. Superanskaya). "Современный словарь личных имён: Сравнение. Происхождение. Написание" (Modern Dictionary of First Names: Comparison. Origins. Spelling). Айрис-пресс. Москва, 2005. ISBN 5-8112-1399-9