Abdullah (name)

Abdullah or Abdallah is the primary transliteration of the Arabic given name, Arabic: عبد الله, built from the Arabic words Abd and Allah (Allah itself composed of Al- and Ilah). The first letter a in Al-Ilah in its native pronunciation is unstressed, and is elided following another vowel; in the case of Abdu-llah this is the -u of the Classical Arabic nominative case. It is one of many Arabic theophoric names, meaning servant of God. Gods Follower is also a meaning of this name.

Abdullah
Pronunciation[ʕabduɫɫaːh]
Berber: [ʕəbdəɫɫɑh]
Egyptian Arabic: [ʕɑbˈdɑllɑ], [ʕæbˈdellæ]
Persian: [a:bdullah]
Turkish: [abduɫˈɫa]
GenderMale
Language(s)Arabic
Origin
MeaningServant of God
Other names
Variant form(s)Abd Allah, Abdala, Abdalá, Abdalla, Abdallah, Abdellah, Abdilla, Abdollah, Abdul, Abdulah, Abdulai, Abdulla, Abdillahi, Gabdulla, Abdalle, Abdullahi

Humility before God is an essential value of Islam, hence Abdullah is a common name among Muslims. In particular, the name of the Islamic prophet Muhammad's father was Abdullah.

It is also common among Arab Jews, especially Iraqi Jews. The name is cognate to and has the same meaning as the Hebrew Abdiel and, more commonly, Obadiah. There were two Jewish Rabbis in Medina before Islam came; they were Abdullah ibn Salam and Abdullah ibn Shuria. Abdullah ibn Saba was a Yemenite Jew during the spread of Islam. The word Allah exists in the Arabic Talmud and other Jewish scriptures.

The variant used in the Russian language is "Абдулла́" (Abdulla) (cf. Fedul, which has similar origins), with "Абду́л" (Abdul) and "Габдулла́" (Gabdulla) often used in Adyghe.[1]

The Christian Arabic Bible uses the word Allah for God. Presently in the Middle East, the name is sometimes used by Christians, as a given or family name. The continued use of this name is perhaps attributed to the passage in Matthew 25:14-30 which refers to the parable of talents and the three servants. The parable praises the good servants.

Given name

Abd-Allah

Abdala

Abdalla

Abdallah

Abdelilah

Abdollah

Abdulai

Abdullah

Surname

Abdala

Abdalla

Abdallah

Abdellah

Abdilla

A very common Maltese surname.

Abdullah

Fictional characters

See also

References

Notes

  1. Superanskaya, p. 20

Sources

  • А. В. Суперанская (A. V. Superanskaya). "Современный словарь личных имён: Сравнение. Происхождение. Написание" (Modern Dictionary of First Names: Comparison. Origins. Spelling). Айрис-пресс. Москва, 2005. ISBN 5-8112-1399-9
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