Hassan (given name)

Hassan or Hasan (Arabic: حسن‎, Ḥasan) is a masculine Arabic given name.

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Calligraphic representation of Al-Hassan name
PronunciationArabic: [ˈħasan]
Meaninghandsome, good, benefactor
Region of originArabia
Other names
Variant form(s)al-Ḥasan
Related namesḤassān

As a surname, Hassan may be Irish, Scottish, Arabic or Jewish (Sephardic and Mizrahic) (see Hassan (surname)).[1][2]

Etymology and spellingEdit

The name Hassan in Arabic means 'handsome' or 'good', or 'benefactor'.

There are two different Arabic names that are both romanized with the spelling "Hassan". However, they are pronounced differently, and in Arabic script spelled differently.

  • The more common name ‏حَسَنḤasan (as in the name of the Islamic prophet Muhammad's grandson Hasan ibn Ali),[3] coming from the Arabic language triconsonantal root Ḥ-S-N, has two short vowels and a single /s/. Its meaning is 'the good' or 'the handsome'. Its usual form in Classical Arabic is الحسن al-Ḥasan, incorporating the definite article al-, which may be omitted in modern Arabic names.
  • The name ‏حَسَّانḤassān, which comes from the same Arabic root, has a long vowel and a doubled /sː/. Its meaning is 'doer of good' or 'benefactor'. It is not used with the definite article in Classical Arabic.

In the romanized spelling Hassan, it is not possible to distinguish which of the two names is intended. The ambiguity can be removed by romanizing the former name as Hassan with a single s, and reserving the spelling with doubled s for the latter name, or romanizing the former as Hasan and the latter as Hassan.

King al-Ḥasan of Morocco (officially romanized as Hassan, with a double ss, due to the influence of French orthography) is an example of the former. The early Islamic poet Ḥassān ibn Thābit is an example of the latter. In the original Arabic, the two different names are easily distinguished.

Depending on language and region, spelling variations

Hassan or Hasan is an Arabic given name and through the influence of Arabic, languages spoken by Muslims such as Persian, Kurdish, Urdu, Indonesian, Malaysian, Turkish, Uyghur, Turkmen, Somali, Swahili, Berber, Azerbaijani, Crimean Tatar, Tatar, Bosnian, Albanian, Bengali, etc. created their own spelling variations.

Therefore, depending on language and region, spelling variations include Hasan, Hassen, Hasson, Hassin, Hassine, Hacen, Hasen, Hasin, Hassa, Hess, Cassin, Chazan, Chasson, Chason, Khassan, Khasan, Chessar, Casan, Casen, Hasso, Lassana, Alassane, Lacen, Lasanah, Assan, Asan, or Haasan (Haasaan, Hasaan, Hassaan).

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  • Hasaan Ibn Ali, American jazz pianist and composer, born William Henry Langford, Jr.





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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Edward Neafsey (2002). Surnames of Ireland. Irish Roots Cafe. ISBN 978-0-940134-9 7-3.
  2. ^ avotaynu.com: Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel
  3. ^ Schimmel, Annemarie (1989). Islamic names. p. 35.