Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Alas (Name)

Alas (transliteration: ʿAlas, Arabic: علس) that means “large tick” (tick being an insect)1 and “spelt” (a type of wheat)2. We do not recommend using this name due to its comical similarity with the English word “alas”.

There are two Companions of the Prophet Muhammad named Alas:

  • Alas bin al-Aswad al-Kindi علس بن الأسود الكندي
  • Alas bin al-Nu`man bin Amr علس بن النعمان بن عمرو

Below is the name Alas written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Alas written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Al-Muheet fil Lughah by al-Sahib bin Abbad (d. c. 995 CE), entry for علس.
  2. Mukhtaar al-Sihaah by al-Razi (d. 1266 CE), entry for علس.
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