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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] or "most loved".

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 the Islamic Prophet Muhammadحبيب الله Habib Allah (Habibullah/ Habiballah) - "Most Beloved of Allah (God)".

"The hard worker ("earner, gainer") is Most Loved of Allah" (Arabic: al-kāsib Ḥabīb Allah الكَسِب حَبِيب الله), atop an arch in a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

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

Habiba is the female equivalent.


The name stem from the Arabic verb ḥabba (حَبَّ), meaning to "love", "admire, be fond of"

Another variant which is used as a given name and adjective of the stem from that verb is "maḥbūb" (مَحْبُوب) meaning "well-beloved", commonly written as Mahbub, the female equivalent Mahbuba (Arabic: maḥbūbah مَحْبُوبَة).

The Hebrew equivalent of the name is Haviv (Hebrew: חָבִיב) used as both a first name and last name with the same meaning, "darling" or "likeable" in Hebrew. It is cognate to Arabic “Habib”.

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  • Aftab Habib (born 1972), English cricket player
  • Anwara Habib (1928-2018), Bangladeshi politician
  • Arif Habib (born 1953), Pakistani businessman
  • Brian Habib (born 1964), American football player
  • Dina Powell nee Habib (born 1973), Egyptian-born American government official
  • Irfan Habib (born 1931), Indian historian
  • Mamdouh Habib (born 1955), Australian-Egyptian once held at Guantanamo Bay
  • Meyer Habib, French politician
  • Philip Habib (1920–1992), American diplomat
  • Rafik Habib (born 1959), Egyptian researcher, activist, author, and politician.
  • Ralph Habib (1912–1969), French film director of Lebanese and Egyptian origin
  • Huzama Habayeb (born 1965), Palestinian novelist, columnist and translator

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See also[edit]


  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.