Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Ashhab (Name)

Ashhab (transliteration: Ashhab, Arabic: أشهب) (pronounced Ash-hab) is an Arabic name for boys that means “light gray”12, used especially to describe the color of a horse. When used to describe a day it means “cold and windy”.3 Ashhab also means “lion”.4

There are three Companions of the Prophet Muhammad named Ashhab:

  • al-Ashhab bin al-Harith الأشهب بن الحارث
  • al-Ashhab bin Rumailah الأشهب بن رميلة
  • al-Ashhab bin Ward الأشهب بن ورد

Below is the name Ashhab written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Ashhab written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Taj al-Lughah wa Sihaah al-Arabiyyah by al-Jawhari (d. 1003 CE), entry for شهب.
  2. Al-Muhkam wal Muheet al-Aadham by Ibn Seedah al-Mursi (d. 1066 CE), entry for شهب.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Al-Qamoos al-Muheet by Fairuzabadi (d. 1414 CE), entry for الشَّهَبُ.
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