'Abd al-Latif

Abdul Latif (Arabic: عبد اللطيف, romanizedʻAbd al-Laṭīf) is a Muslim male given name and, in modern usage, surname. It is built from the Arabic words ʻabd and al-Laṭīf, one of the names of God in the Qur'an, which gave rise to the Muslim theophoric names.[1][2] It means "servant of the All-gentle".

The letter ''a'' of the ''al-'' is unstressed, and can be transliterated by almost any vowel, often by ''e''. So the first part can appear as Abdel, Abdul or Abd-al. The second part may appear as Latif, Lateef or in other ways. The whole name is subject to variable spacing and hyphenation.

The surname is used by Muslims and also by Orthodox Christians in Syria and Lebanon.

It may refer to:


Given name[]



  1. ^ Salahuddin Ahmed (1999). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. London: Hurst & Company.
  2. ^ S. A. Rahman (2001). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. New Delhi: Goodword Books.