Hassan (surname)

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Word/nameArabic, Irish, Scottish, Jewish
MeaningArabic: "handsome", "good", "manly", "strong", "benefactor"; Irish and Scottish: "descendant of Osain", "descendant of Oisín"; Jewish: used as a spelling variant of Hazzan "cantor"[1]
Region of originArabic, Irish, Scottish, Jewish

Hassan or Hasan is an Arabic, Irish, Scottish, or Jewish (Sephardic and Mizrahic) surname.

Etymology and spelling[edit]

There are several unrelated origins for this surname:

Depending on language and region, spelling variations

Hassan is a surname of many independent linguistic and regional origins, including Arabic (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.), as well as Irish, Scottish, and Jewish.

Therefore, depending on language and region, spelling variations include Hasan, Hassen, Hasson, Hassin, Hassine, Hacen, Hasen, Hasin, Hassa, Hasa, Cassin, Chasan, Chasson, Chason, Khasshan, Khasan, Casan, Case, Hasso, Hassanein, Hasnen, Hess, Hasani, Alhassan (Alhassani), Al-Hassan (Al-Hassani), Lassana, Alassane, Lacen, Lasanah, Assan, Asan, Asanov/Asanova, Hasanov/Hasanova, Klassen, Khasanova, Hasanoff, Jasanoff, Hasanović, Hasanovic, Asanović, Hasanovich, Hasanovski/Hasanovska, Asanovski/Asanovska, O'Hassan, or Haasan (Haasaan, Hasaan).

List of variant spellings
  • In Arabic transcription: حسن (Ḥasan), حسان (Ḥassān),
  • In Urdu: حسن (Hasan)
  • In Hebrew transcription: חסן (Hasan or Hassan)
  • In Turkish: Hasan, Asan, Hasanoglu, Asanoglu
  • In Bosnian: Hasanović, Asanović, Hasović
  • In Albanian: Hasani or Hasan
  • In Armenian: Hassanian or Hasanian
  • In Azerbaijan: Həsən
  • In Kurdish: Hesan
  • In Kazakh: Asan or Äsem
  • In Bengali transcription: হাসান (Hāsān)
  • In Somali: Xasan
  • In West Africa: Lassana, Alassane and Lacen, derived from al-Hassan.
  • In Finland: Hasanen for Hassan, derived from the Arabic Hassan and the Finnish suffix for surnames -en.[18]
  • In French: Hassan, Hassen, Hasson or Hacen
  • In Spanish: Hassan, Hassán, Hacen, Hacén, Jassan, Jassán, Jasan, Jasán, Hasson or Jasanoff
  • In Russian transcription: Хасан, Хассан, Хассен, Хэссан, Гасан, Асан, Асанов/Хасанов (masculine), Асанова/Хасанова (feminine)
  • In Croatian/Serbian/Montenegrin: Asanović, Hasanović, Hasović
  • In China, some Muslims believe that their surname Ha () is abbreviated from Arabic Hassan.
Popularity of the surname
  • The popularity of the name Hassan or its variants Hasson, Hassen, Hassin is not only in the Arab world (including Arab Christians) but also in the Muslim world.
  • The Irish last name Hassan or its variants Hasson, Hassen, Hassin is frequently found especially in the area of Derry in Northern Ireland and also everywhere where there is a sizable Irish diaspora like in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
  • The frequency of the Jewish last name Hassan – or its variants Hasson, Hassen, Hassin – is mostly among Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, used as a spelling variant of Hazzan.[1]






  • Daisy Hasan, Indian-English author and teacher
  • David Ben Hassin (1727–1792), Moroccan Jewish poet
  • David Hassan (born 1972), Northern Irish academic, writer, and current Professor of Sport Policy and Management at the University of Ulster
  • Dinara Asanova (1942–1985), a Soviet film director













  • Phil Hassan (born 1974), English rugby league and rugby union footballer











Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c What Does Your Jewish Name Mean? - "Cantor: Cantor, Chazzan, Hassan, Singer, Zinger, Schulzinger, Meshoyrer, Soloway or Soloveitchik"
  2. ^ Edward Neafsey (2002). Surnames of Ireland. Irish Roots Cafe. ISBN 978-0-940134-97-3.
  3. ^ hoganstand.com: Irish Identity Surnames In Irish Archived 2008-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ ulsterancestry.com: Ulster Ancestry Irish Family Names
  5. ^ surnamedb.com: Surname
  6. ^ medievalscotland.org: 16th & 17th Century Anglicized Irish Surnames
  7. ^ irishtimes.com: Irish Ancestors Surname Hassan
  8. ^ Black, George F. (1946). The Surnames of Scotland. Birlinn. p. 346.
  9. ^ a b c independent.co.uk: Obituary: Sir Joshua Hassan
  10. ^ a b c jpost.com: French Jews reclaim 'Jewish' names
  11. ^ a b avotaynu.com: Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel
  12. ^ a b sephardicgen.com: Sephardic Surnames
  13. ^ a b italian-family-history.com: Jewish Genealogy in Italy
  14. ^ a b Temple Israel Archived 2008-10-08 at the Wayback Machine, Tulsa
  15. ^ Les juifs de Salonique 1492–1943 (PDF).
  16. ^ Hassan
  17. ^ Christian De Monbrison (2013). Vie d'un homme hier, aujourd'hui et un peu plus (in French). ISBN 9782343002705.
  18. ^ Finland's Population Register Centre: "PRC: Population Register Centre". Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. (Select "Surname search" and enter "Hasanen")