Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Hassan

Hassan (or Ḥasan حسّان) is a masculine name of Arabic origin and means “good, beautiful”. Al-Ḥasan ibn ‘Alī was the name of the Prophet Muhammad’s beloved grandson through his daughter Fāṭima. Hassan is also a name borne by two Moroccan kings. Hassan is currently a Top 10 most popular boy’s name in the countries of Iran, Morocco and Libya.

All About the Baby Name – Hassan

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME HASSAN

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME HASSAN

Hassan made his debut on the American naming charts in 1971 and, although the name’s usage has grown, it remains a rather uncommon name in the United States. It was probably Muslim African-Americans who catapulted the name on to the charts in the 1970s when Arabic names became more widely adopted. Hassan was also sustained in usage by the Iranian immigration to the United States following the Iranian Revolution. Arab-Americans also use this name from time to time. Because Hassan is still an Eastern-based Arabic name we don’t expect it to grow too substantially on the charts. It’s a “good” and “beautiful” name that will always find appeal among Muslims, but this group still remains small against the overall American population.

Quick Facts

ON HASSAN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

African-American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

822

PRONUNCIATION:

ha-SAN

SIMPLE MEANING:

Good, beautiful

Characteristics

OF HASSAN

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Hassan

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HASSAN

Hassan is a character in Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel, The Kite Runner, set in Afghanistan, and made into a movie of the same name in 2007. Hassan is best friend to the novel’s protagonist, Amir, and the son of Ali, servant to Amir’s father. The boys are mocked by an evil older boy, Assef, who scorns Hassan as being of a lowly class and threatens to beat up Amir. Hassan comes to Amir’s rescue with a slingshot. Hassan is also a deft “kite-runner”, who can discern exactly where the kite Amir flies will land; one day Hassan is providing this service for Amir, and he runs into Assef. Assef attacks and brutalizes the younger boy, and Amir witnesses everything. Amir remains silent. Racked with guilt, Amir now finds the sight of Hassan unbearable, and he frames Hassan and his father with theft, to which Hassan readily, falsely, confesses. He and his father leave; Amir and his father emigrate to California. Many years later, as a married, but childless adult, Amir is recalled to Afghanistan to rescue the young son of Hassan, who has been put into an orphanage after his father’s death at the hands of the Taliban. At this time, he finds that Hassan was the illegitimate son of Amir’s father, making him Amir’s half-brother. So the course of time and history allows Amir the chance to redeem himself for his sins against Hassan. For Hassan, however, there is no more history. It is as if he has been cheated from the start – of his birthright, of his reputation, of his child, of his life. The Hassans of the world provide us with an almost sacrificial, Christ-like figure through which the Amirs are able to cleanse themselves. All well and good for the Amirs…

Popular Songs

ON HASSAN

Hassan I Sahba
a song by Hawkwind

Hassan Chop
a song by King Just [explicit]

Famous People

NAMED HASSAN

Al-Ḥasan ibn ‘Alī (important Islamic figure, grandson of Muhammad)
Hassan I & II of Morocco (Kings/Sultans of Morocco)
Hassan al-Banna (founder of the Muslim Brotherhood)
Hassan Adams (basketball player)
Hassan Jones (football player)
Hassan Whiteside (basketball player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED HASSAN

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Hassan

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HASSAN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hassan