Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 |العربية

Lebanese Families

Lebanese Families

A koshtban (thimble) is a small metal cap used by tailors to protect their fingers when sewing. It is rarely used today as hand-sewing has been replaced by sewing machines.

Perhaps Tehfe families bear this surname because their ancestors were involved in the trade of antiques.

Al-Sabsabi Families Sunnis in Tripoli and Akkar

‘Khadem’ is the Arabic for ‘servant’ or any person who helps or serves others in the various spheres of life. However, the widespread use of this word that particularly refers to domestic workers who help with cleaning and menial tasks around the house, the office or in restaurants, has...

Shawish is a military title borne by military members whose rank lacks accurate definition. Generally, it is given to those ranking in the military’s lower echelon such as sergeants or corporals. In Lebanon, shawish is also a common family name. Although we know little about the origins of this...

Al-dobb (Arabic for a ‘bear’) is a large animal that walks with the entire lower surface of the foot touching the ground. It possesses excellent sense of smell and hearing. The name Al-dobb can sometimes be assigned to heavy and big people. Al-dabdoub is the diminutive form of al-dobb and is...

The Nahles are a medium-sized Lebanese family. Most of its members are Shia’a; a minority is Sunni and a limited number is Maronite. The Nahles are mainly present in South Lebanon, in particular Tibeh and Nabatieh, as well as in the north (Deir Emar) and Beirut.

In the Arabic language, the word ‘tabeekh’ means cooked food. It usually refers to those foods containing rice, meat and vegetables. This word though has been assigned as name for a number of families in both Lebanon and the Arab World.

​ Opinions diverge on the origins of Tohmaz. Some believe that this small Lebanese family descends from Ottoman roots; others assure that it is originally Arabian, arguing that it sprang from the Arab Peninsula towards Iraq and the Levant and from there to Lebanon in the early twentieth century.