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Habib (Arabic: حبيب‎, romanizedḥabīb; Arabic pronunciation: [ħabiːb ]), sometimes written as Habeeb, is an Arabic masculine given name, occasional surname, and honorific, with the meaning "beloved".[1][2]

The name is popular throughout the Muslim World, though particularly in the Middle East and Africa. In other countries, especially in Yemen and Southeast Asian countries such as Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, it is an honorific to address a Muslim scholar of Sayyid (a descendant of Muhammad) families and where it is one of the names of Muhammad - حبيب الله Habib Allah (Habibullah/ Habiballah).

The name, as is the case with other Arabic names, is not confined to Muslims. Notable examples of Christian individuals named Habib include 'Habib the Deacon'[3] and Gabriel Habib[4] and the Philosopher Habib.[5]

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  1. ^ Mike Campbell. "Behind the Name: Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Habib". Behind the Name.
  2. ^ Nihad Nadam. "NameArabic: Meaning, Arabic names with Calligraphy and meaning". Name Arabic.
  3. ^ "CHURCH FATHERS: Martyrdom of Habib the Deacon". www.newadvent.org. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  4. ^ Davies, Noel; Conway, Martin (2008). World Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A Reader. Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd. ISBN 9780334040446.
  5. ^ Roberts, Reverend Alexander (2007-05-01). The Ante-Nicene Fathers: The Writings of the Fathers Down to A. D. 325, Volume VIII Fathers of the Third and Fourth Century - the Twelve Patriarchs, Ex. Cosimo, Inc. ISBN 9781602064836.