Aziz (Arabic: عزيز, ʿazīz, [ʕaziːz]) was originally a Northwest Semitic Phoenician/Aramaic/Hebrew/Arabic word, but is now much more commonly (but not exclusively) known as a Central Semitic Arabic male name. The feminine form of both the adjective and the given name is Aziza.
Aziz in Arabic is derived from the root ʕ-z-z with a meaning of "strong, powerful" and the adjective has acquired its meaning of "dear, darling, precious". It is a cognate of Hebrew oz meaning "might, strength, power". The Semitic word refers to the "power and glory" of deities and kings. Al-Aziz is one of the names of God in Islam, and the word is also used in reference to the "king of Egypt" (pharaoh) in the quranic Surah-e-Yusuf. In Bible, Aziz is referred to as Potiphar.
It is used in existing Semitic languages such as Arabic, Assyrian Neo Aramaic, Mandic, Hebrew, and also in non-Semitic languages like Turkish, Kurdish, Azerbaijani, Persian, Urdu, Pashtu, Dari, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbek, Uyghur, Balochi, Bengali, Somali, Indonesian, and Malaysian.
Aziz is a common masculine given name, especially in the Muslim World but it has also continued to be used by indigenous non-Muslim peoples in the Middle East, e.g. Assyrians, Israeli Jews, and Mandeans.
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- Aziz Mian, Pakistani singer
- Aziz Nesin, Turkish humorist and author
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- Arif Aziz, Azerbaijan artist and educator
- Douglas Aziz, Assyrian Iraqi footballer
- Lisa Aziz, British television presenter and journalist
- Philip Aziz, Canadian artist of Lebanese ancestry
- Ricardo Azziz, university president
- Shaukat Aziz, Pakistani Prime Minister
- Tariq Aziz (born Mikhail Yuhanna), ethnic Assyrian former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister under Saddam Hussein
- Tariq Aziz (bureaucrat), Pakistani Head of National Security Council of Pakistan and close-aide of Pervez Musharraf
- Tipu Aziz, Professor of neurosurgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford University
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