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Maher is a name of differing origins, it may refer to:


An Arabic (written in Arabic ماهر) given name and surname meaning "skillful" or "talented" or "expert." In Arabic context, it is pronounced "Maa-her."

Persian adjective for "professional." See Mahir.

Also an individual can be referred or described as "Maher" in the language context of Albanians, Bulgarians, Croatians, Bosnians, Gorani, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Serbs, Romanians, and Aromanians, although not used frequently or in everyday language.


Maher (or Mahar, Meagher) is an Irish surname deriving from the Gaelic O'Meachair, meaning the "kindly" or the "generous". The O'Meachair sept was part of the Ely O'Carroll clan and was concentrated in the areas of Kilkenny and Tipperary, notably the Barony of Ikerrin in Ireland. It is pronounced Mar.



Given name
  • Maher Abd al-Rashid, Iraqi Army General during the Saddam Hussein rule
  • Maher al-Assad, Syrian general and commander of the Republican Guard
  • Maher Arar, Syrian-Canadian telecommunications engineer whose legal case involved compensation for "extraordinary rendition" practiced against him
  • Maher Bouallegue, Tunisian Paralympian athlete
  • Maher Charif, Palestinian Marxist historian
  • Maher Jamal, Syrian politician
  • Maher Al Mueaqly, imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and a renowned recitor of the Holy Quran
  • Maher Sabry, Egyptian theater director, playwright, film director, producer and screenwriter, poet, writer
  • Maher Zain, Muslim Swedish R&B singer, songwriter and music producer of Lebanese origin

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  • Maher Cup, Australian rugby league football trophy
  • Maher (NGO), Indian non-profit organization running homes for women and children
  • Maher (god), or Mahrem, an ancient god of the Aksumite pantheon

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