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February 8, 2009 2:21 AM Subscribe
What is the etymology, meaning, or connotation of the first/personal name Maher in Arabic culture?
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... to writing & language (11 answers total)
So, my name is Dana Maher. My understanding is that Maher is an Ellis Island Americanization of an Irish name that is something along the lines of "O'Maegher." Whatever, I really like my name despite the lost parts.
Recently, three people from the Middle East with the first name Maher have friended me on facebook. One of them is actually Maher Dana, which leads me to wonder what the surname Dana means in Arabic culture (bonus answer!).
I've been shirking school for the past half hour and googling around, but all I've turned up is that Mahir as a first name means "skilled." Is Mahir another possible translation of a name that also translates into the Latin alphabet as Maher? What is this name in the original alphabet? Is Maher a common first name in the arabic world? Does it have any jokes or cultural memes attached to it? What else is interesting about it? Why are these random college age dudes from Lebanon, apparently Iraq, and somewhere unknown befriending me?