First name origins & meanings:

  1. Arabic: Sword of religion
  2. Arabic: Honest; honorable; noble

First name variations: Shareef, Sharif

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a soap maker, from Middle High German seife, German Seife ‘soap’.
  2. Arabic: from a personal name based on sayf ‘sword’. Saifullah ‘sword of Allah’ was a title of honor bestowed by the Prophet Muhammad on the military leader Khālid ibn-al-Walīd (see Khalid).
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