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Pronunciation IPA: [ʕɪmaːd]
Gender Male
Language(s) Arabic
Meaning 'Support', 'Pillar'[1]
Region of origin Arabia
Other names
Alternative spelling Imaad, Emad, Emaad

Imad (also transliterated as imad, Arabic: عماد‎‎) is an Arabic masculine given name and surname which means "support" or "pillar".

Given name[edit]


  • Parvis Emad, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at DePaul University

Family origin[edit]

The Imad family is named for al-Amadiyyah, near Mosul in northern Iraq, and, like the Jumblatt Family, is thought to be of Kurdish origin.[2]

Some unconfirmed sources alleged, that the roots of Family Imad ancestors are associated with those of Imad ad-Din Zengi (1087; † 1146), who was in turn the Atabeg of Mosul from 1127 until his death in 1146.

Imad as a family name also indicates descent from the originally Druze Feudal Family Al-Imad in the Chouf region of Mount Lebanon.


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  2. ^ Origins of the Druze People and Religion, by Philip K. Hitti, 1924