Question by  TriPed (30)

What does "Bin" mean in the middle of a name?

Like Osama BIN Laden.


Answer by  CCaldwell (25)

If a man was named "Saleh bin Tariq bin Khalid"... "Saleh" is his "first" name, "BIN" translates as "son of", so "Tariq" is Saleh's father's name, and "Khalid" his father.


Answer by  GeorgeH (179)

The word "bin" means "son of" in Arabic. It may also be written as "ibn. " The female equivalent is "bint," meaning "daughter of. " There may be series of such patronymics in a name. These are used less often than in earlier centuries.


Answer by  ellie61 (478)

The name "Bin" in the middle of a name means "Son of. " It is similar to the O' prefix in Irish or Mc in Scotland (eg. O'Hare, McDonald. ) Osama Bin Laden's full name (westernised) is actually Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden.


Answer by  CEEFORINA (784)

Many Arabs do not just have two or even three names, but have the convention of using a whole chain of names. 'Bin' means 'son of'.

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