Samir (name)

Samir (name)

There are two names spelt Samir in Arab countries and in the Indian subcontinent. Although they sound similar, they have two different derivations. One name comes from Arabic سمير "Samīr" "entertaining companion", and is traditionally given to Arab males of both Christian or Muslim families. Another comes from Sanskrit समीर "Samīra", "gust of wind/a cool gentle breeze on a hot summer day", and is traditionally given to Hindu males. Both names may also be spelt Sameer in English.

The pronunciation of the Sanskrit-derived name can change depending on the language, as in the Bengali version সমীর "Shomir" [Bangla Academy Bengali-English Dictionary, Bangla Academy, Dhaka, ISBN 984-07-3988-3] . Similarly, variants of the Arabic-derived name can have different pronunciations, as in the Turkish, Bosnian and Albanian form Semir.

Uses as names

Arabic-derived names

* Samir Amin, Egyptian Marxist economist.
* Samir Hossain, (first name - Mohammad) an international mental health researcher on the science of "Death" who developed the Death and Adjustment Hypotheses
* Samir Beloufa (born 1979), an Algerian footballer
* Samir Zaoui (born 1976), an Algerian footballer
* Samir Azzouz (born 1986), a Dutch terrorist suspect
* Samir Ghanem, an Egyptian comedian
* Samir Kuntar
* Samir Naqqash
* Sameer Jaradat
* Samir, Swiss film maker of Iraqi descent
* Samir Amin (under-development theory)
* Samir Misbah (entrepreneur)
*Samir Nasri, a French footballer

anskrit-derived name

* Sameer Wazir (Financial Consultant), an Indian, Kashmiri, Hindu. Working in [Islamic University of Science & Technology] . A member of Rotary Club of Kashmir.
* Sameer (lyricist), an Indian film lyricist.
* Sameer Khakhar, an actor
*Sameer Bordepatil, an IT professional

In different sectors of life

As a historically significant name/adjective

A profoundly interesting name/adjective derived from Arabic origins to mean the "lamp" or "guide," associated with the praises given to the Prophet Muhammad (Sm) in helping others achieve their aims.

As movie character

In the American comedy film "Office Space", one of the main characters is named Samir Nagheenanajar. He is played by Ajay Naidu.Also in Hindi movies in India called "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" and also "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi",actor Salman Khan played the role of Sameer opposite actresses Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra,respectively.

As a family name

The family name is recognized throughout India and Pakistan as one of the oldest Arabic clans.

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