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What does Hussein mean?

Hussein Pronunciation of Hussein [hus-sein] as a boys' name is pronounced hoo-SAYN. It is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Hussein is "good; small handsome one". Originally a pet form of Hassan. The name of a prominent person in Shiite Islam and a royal name in Jordan. American President Barack Hussein Obama.

Associated with: arabic, good, small (little), handsome, royal (king).


Hussein has 4 variants: Husain, Husayn, Husein and Hussain.

1 more different relation via Hassan: Hassain.

1 feminine form: Husayna.

Creative forms:
(male) Hasein, Hisein, ..

(female) Husen, Husone, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hussein Jacques (H.J.), ..

How popular is Hussein?

Hussein is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#9442 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Hussein entered the list in 1990 and reached its peak position of #1302 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hussein name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hussein outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Hassan (#756 via latest list) and Hussain (#1762) are the prominent alternative forms of Hussein (#1302 via latest list). These relations of Hussein were popular with parents presently (median #1273). Hassan is more familiar than the rest.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hussein, Hassan, Hussain in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hussein and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Austin, Dunstin, Dustin, Hansen, Hanssen, Hein, Hoseia, Hosheia, Hudson, Husni, Huston, Hutten, Jesstin, Josslin, Justain, Justin, Masslin, Ossin, Rosselin, Rushkin and Rustin. These names tend to be more commonly used than Hussein.

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