Hussein

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic حسين
(hoos-SANE)

The name was initially a diminutive form of Hasan حسن, which is derived from the Arabic, hasuna حسن (beautiful; good). The name has been used as an independent given name for centuries, usually used in honour of Hussein ibn Ali (626-680 CE), the son of the caliph Ali and the grandson of the prophet Mohammed.

He is considered a martyr among Shi’ia Muslims.

In recent years the name was borne by the King of Jordan (1935-1999) and it is the middle name of current President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Its Turkish form of Hüseyin is currently the 400th most popular male name in Germany, (2011).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Huseyn (Azeri)
  • Husein (Bosnian)
  • Husain (Indonesian)
  • Hossain حسّین (Persian)
  • hysejin Һүсейiн (Kazakh)
  • Hüseyin (Turkish) 
  • Usên (Zazaki)
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