Shi'a–Sunni Relations - Differences in Beliefs and Practices - Practices - Given Names

Given Names

Shia are often recognizable by their names, which are often derived from the proper names or titles of saints. In particular, the names Ali, Hussein, and Hasan are disproportionately common among Shias, though they may also be used by Sunnis. Shias who trace their ancestry back to Muhammad through his daughter Fatimah carry the title Sayyid. Umar and Uthman, being the names of caliphs recognized by Sunnis but not Shias, are commonly used as names for Sunnis but are rare for Shias.

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