Is Samad a Persian or Arabic Name?

Discussion in 'Etymology, History of languages and Linguistics (EHL)' started by mojobadshah, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. mojobadshah Senior Member

    I was told the name Samad means "eternal" and is one of the many names of Allah. But when I ask most Arabic people they've never heard of the name. It appears to be a proper name in Persian countries. Though a man from Egypt recited a verse, I guess it was from the Quran, confirming that Samad is indeed significant to Islam. So is Samad a Persian or Arabic name? I would assume that its of Indo-European origin probably related to words like Skr. samadi "union with God" and semper "always" as in semper fi.
     
  2. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    ṣamad صمد is an epithet of God in Qurʼān 112. It is Arabic, not Persian. ʻAbd aṣ-Ṣamad is a common Arabic name, which in Persia is sometimes shortened to Ṣamad.
     

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