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Asad Memon
PronunciationArabic: [ʔasad]
Region of originMiddle East
Other names
Alternative spellingAssad

Asad (Arabic: أسد‎), sometimes written as Assad, is an Arabic male given name literally meaning "lion". It is used in nicknames such as Asad Allāh one of the nicknames for Ali ibn Abi Talib.

"Assad" is the standard spelling in English, to keep the hissing 's' sound; "Asad" is the more accurate transliteration, corresponding to the Arabic spelling, and is used by scholars.


Among prominent people named Asad, "Assad" or "Asaad" are:

Al-Assad family[edit]

The Al-Assad family is an Alawite family from the Latakia region (specifically Qardaha), which has held political power in Syria since 1970. The family has produced two presidents:

Other family members include:

See also[edit]