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Gender: male
Pronunciation: hoo-SAYN
Meaning: good looking
Related Names: Hasan, Hosein, Hossain, Husain, Husayn, Husein, Hussain, Hussaini, Háosayn

Length: 7 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: hussein Origin: Arabic,, Meaning (no case): good looking



Hussein is an Arabic name that means "good-looking." It can be traced back to the Arabic hasuna, meaning "to be good," or "to be beautiful." The first person ever named Hussein was prophet Muhammad's grandson, and the third Shiite Imam, Hussein bin Ali. One of the first forms of the name was Hassan, who in Islamic tradition was the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and The second Shiite Imam as well.[1] Hussein, or Husayn, was originally used as a familiar form of the name,[1] much like calling Robert "Bobby."

As a surname, Hussein derives from the given name,[1] possibly as a shorted form of a patronymic surname such as bin Hussein or al-Hussein, meaning "son of Hussein."[1]


In the United States, the name Hussein is very uncommon as a given name. It has not appeared on the list of top 1000 baby names in any recorded year.[1]

Hussein is a popular name in Sweden. It ranked highest in 1999, when it was the 168th most popular name for baby boys in Sweden. In 2006, it ranked at number 206.[1]

According to, Hussein ranks at number 7,908 on the list of most common surnames in the United States. The highest concentration of people with the surname Hussein is to be found in Minnesota, followed by New York, California and Michigan.[1] Other surnames with a similar ranking include Ginsberg, Lansing and Trump.


  • During the 2008 U.S. presidential elections, a large number of people using social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace changed their display names to show Hussein as their middle names. This was done in support of Barack Hussein Obama, who was elected the first African-American President on November 4, 2008.



  • Hussein bin Ali: Grandson of Muslim's prophet Muhammad(PBUH).
  • Hussein Agha: author
  • Hussein bin Talal: King of Jordan (born November 14, 1935)
  • Hussein Chalayan: fashion designer (born August 12, 1970)
  • Hussein bin Dato' Onn: former Prime Minister of Malaysia (born February 12, 1922)
  • Barack Hussein Obama II: US politician, presidential candidate in 2008 elections (born August 4, 1961)
  • Khaled Hussein: musician/producer
  • M. F. Husain: artist (born 1915)
  • Saddam Hussein: former Iraqi president(born April 28, 1937)
  • Taha Hussein: writer and literary critic (born November 14, 1889)
  • Waris Hussein: film director (born December 9, 1938)
  • Khaled Hosseini: author

Author: Sarena Ulibarri


Facts about HusseinRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 7  +
Meaning good looking  +
Meaningnc good looking  +
Name hussein  +
Origin Arabic  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation hoo-SAYN  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Hasan  +, Hosein  +, Hossain  +, Husain  +, Husayn  +, Husein  +, Hussain  +, Hussaini  +, and Háosayn  +
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