Nickbynames from Ibn Baṭūṭṭa
by Basil Dragonstrike


The following lists contain laqabs and nisbas I found. Note that there are about as many definitions of the difference between a laqab and a nisba as there are writers on the subject. I therefore have chosen to refer to such jointly as "nickbynames," following the example of Juliana de Luna in her article "Arabic Names from al-Andalus: Nickbynames by type".

I have divided them up into "direct nickbynames" (that is, those found in names in the position where nickbynames are usually found), "nickbynames found in nasabs" (nickbynames found only where a progenitor is referred to by his laqab or nisba), "nickbynames found in kunyas" (nickbynames found only where a person is referred to as the father of someone known by his or her laqab or nisba), "nickbynames found in kunyas and nasabs" (
nickbynames found only in both kunyas and in nasabs), "nickbynames found in kunyas-in-nasabs" (nickbynames found only where an ancestor is referred to as (to translate) Son of the Father of al-­­­­­______), and finally "nickbynames in nasabs and kunya-in-nasabs" (nickbynames found only those nickbynames found both in nasabs and in kunyas that are in nasabs). Nickbynames belonging to more than one category are placed in the highest-ranking category according to the above list.

As there are not that many women mentioned in Ibn Baṭūṭṭa (at least in the first volume), I have put feminine names first in each category (if there are any).



direct nickbynames
al-‘Adawīya {female}
al-Badawīya  {female}
al-Khūnda {female}
al-‘Ābidīn
al-ʻAdawī
al-Adfawī
al-Adhru‘ī
al-‘Adūlī
al-Afram
al-Aḥbār
al-Akhnā’ī
al-‘Ajamī
al-‘Alawī
al-Alfī
al-Amīn
al-‘Ammārī
al-Andalusī
al-Anjarī
al-Anṣārī
al-‘Ansī
al-Aqmar
al-Aqṣarā’ī
al-Aqṣurī
al-Āqūsh
al-Asadī
al-Ashrafī
al-‘Askalānī
al-Asmarī
al-Asqa‘
al-‘Atrīs
al-Āwajī
al-Awharī
al-Āwī
al-Azdī
al-Azraqī
al-Badrī
al-Badawī
al-Baghdādī
al-Baisānī
al-Bajadī
al-Bakrī
al-Balfīqī
al-Badrī
al-Birzālī
al-Buḥturī
al-Bukharī
al-Burqu‘ī
al-Chāshnigīr
al-Dā’ūdī
al-Damīrī
al-Dārānī
al-Dārī
al-Dawādār
al-Dimashqī
al-Dimyāṭī
al-Dumurṭāsh
al-Falawī
al-Farabrī
al-Fāriqī
al-Fārisī
al-Fārūq
al-Fāsī
al-Fayyūm
al-Firkāḥ
al-Gāshankīr
al-Gharnāṭī
al-Ghasūlī
al-Ghazzi
al-Ghomārī
al-Gurgī
al-Ḥabashī
al-Ḥadrabī
al-Ḥajar
al-Ḥajjāj
al-Ḥajjār
al-Hakkārī
al-Ḥalabī
al-Ḥamawī
al-Hamdānī
al-Ḥanafī
al-Ḥanbalī
al-Harawī
al-Ḥarīrī
al-Ḥarrānī
al-Ḥasanī
al-Hawārī
al-Ḥawīh
al-Ḥawrānī
al-Ḥijāzi
al-Hindī
al-Ḥusainī
al-Ḥuwaizāʼī
al-Ibrāhīmī
al-Idrīsī
al-ʻIrāqī
al-Iṣbahānī
al-Iskandarī
al-Isnā’i
al-Ja‘barī
al-Jāliq
al-Jamālī
al-Jarānī
al-Jāwalī
al-Jawwānī
al-Jūbān
al-Jumaḥī
al-Jurhumi
al-Kalbī
al-Kāmil
al-Karakī
al-Karbalā’ī
al-Kāshif
al-Khaḍir
al-Khālidī
al-Khalīl
al-Khaṣīb
al-Khawlānī
al-Khazrajī
al-Khiḍr
al-Khuzā‘ī
al-Khūzī
al-Kindī
al-Kirmānī
al-Kūbak
al-Kurdī
al-Lakhmī
al-Lawātī
al-Liḥyānī
al-Ma‘arrī
al-Maghribī
al-Makkī
al-Mālaqī
al-Malīḥī
al-Mālikī
al-Maʼmūn
al-Manṣūr
al-Manṣūrī
al-Manūfī
al-Maqdisī
al-Marāghī
al-Marrākushī
al-Mashshāṭī
al-Maṭarī
al-Miknāsī
al-Miṣrī
al-Mizzī
al-Mudlijī
al-Muḥajjī
al-Muḥammadī
al-Muḥsinī
al-Mūlah
al-Murshidī
al-Mursī
al-Murtaḍā
al-Mustanṣir
al-Mu‘taḍid
al-Mutanabbī
al-Mutawakkil
al-Muzanī
al-Muzraqq
al-Nābulusī
al-Nafzāwī
al-Najdī
al-Nās
al-Nāṣir
al-Nāṣirī
al-Nu‘aimī
al-Nuwairī
al-‘Omarī
al-Qaddāḥ
al-Qafṣī
al-Qaisarānī
al-Qaisī
al-Qalānisī
al-Qalqashandī
al-Qaranī
al-Qasṭallānī
al-Qaṭī‘ī
al-Qazwīnī
al-Qibṭī
al-Qināwī
al-Qirimī
al-Quḍā‘ī
al-Qūnawī
al-Qurashī
al-Qurṭubī
al-Rabī‘ī
al-Rāzī
al-Rib‘ī
al-Riḍā
al-Rifā‘ī
al-Rīghī
al-Rūmī
al-Rushāṭī
al-Sā‘ātī
al-Sa‘dī
al-Ṣafāqusī
al-Sahartī
al-Ṣairafī
al-Sakhāwī
al-Ṣāliḥī
al-Sam‘ānī
al-Ṣanawbarī
al-Ṣanhājī
al-Sarakhsī
al-Sarawī
al-Sāwaqī
al-Sāwī
al-Shādhilī
al-Shāfi‘ī
al-Shāmī
al-Shamsī
al-Sharābishī
al-Shariq
al-Sharīshī
al-Shīrāzī
al-Ṣiddīq
al-Sijzī
al-Subkī
al-Sulamī
al-Sūsī
al-Ṭabarī
al-Takrūrī
al-Ṭanjī
al-Tanūkhī
al-Tarrās
al-Tawzarī
al-Thawrī
al-Tilingī
al-Timurtāshī
al-Tinnīsī
al-Tujībī
al-Tūnisī
al-Tūzarī
al-‘Umarī
al-Umawī
al-Usfūnī
al-Ushmunain
al-Walīd
al-Wāsiṭī
al-Yāfi‘ī
al-Zabīdī
al-Zāhirī
al-Zawāwī
al-Zimlikānī
al-Zubaidī
al-Zuwāwī
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nickbynames found only in nasabs
al-‘Adīm
al-‘Amīd
al-‘Arabī
al-‘Āṣ
al-‘Awāmm
al-Bābā {same as al-Bābah, possibly a different trans. system, or a typo}
al-Bābah
al-Bahā’
al-Burhān
al-Faqīh
al-Ghammāz
al-Ḥakam
al-Jarrāḥ
al-Kamād
al-Khaṭīb
al-Khaṭṭāb
al-Muʼaiyad
al-Mubārak
al-Munīr
al-Muntaṣir
al-Muẓaffar
al-Najjār
al-Naqīb
al-Nu‘mān
al-Qawba‘
al-Qiftī
al-Ṣabbāgh
al-Sadīd
al-Sarrāj
al-Ṣāyigh
al-Shaibānī
al-Sindī
al-Wā‘iẓ
al-Zahrā’
al-Zakī
al-Zayyāt
al-Zubair
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nickbynames found only in kunyas
{note that all originally are of the form "Abu'l-___", except for "Umm al-Dardā’"; I have removed the "Abu" and changed the "'" to an "a"}
Umm al-Dardā’
al-‘Alā
al-Barakāt
al-Dardā’
al-Faḍl
al-Fatḥ
al-Fidā
al-Fityān
al-Maḥāsin
al-Najāh
al-Rabī‘
al-Ṭayyib
al-Waḥsh
al-Waqt
al-Yusr
al-Zahr
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nickbynames found in kunyas and nasabs
al-‘Abbas
al-Faraj
al-Munajjā
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nickbynames found only in kunyas-in-nasabs
al-Haijā
al-Hawwārī
al-Majd
al-Nu‘m
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nickbynames in nasabs and kunya-in-nasabs
al-Zahrā’ Back to top