I don't know. I don't know how to write in arabic. I just have little notions...
It depends on the way you write it in arabic. I think it is the same.
There are families and places in berber areas that are called Ait Amar or Ait Ouamar.
There are although first name like Mohand Ouamar. Otherwise there are family name like Amrouche. All come from Amar but are used exclusively by imazighen.
Ok, so "Ben Amar" is an Arabic last name? Because this used to be my last name.
Thanks again for all your help. It's absolutely invaluable to me.
In North Africa even if you're name looks arabic like this that doesn't mean you are arab. The family names were given by the colonial and post colonial administration which followed arabization policy.
For exemple I've got an amazigh friend whose name is Ben Said. In the village they call him Ait Said but on the paper it is Ben Said. Another one I know on the paper is called Ben Berkane. Ben is arabic for "son of" but Berkane is berber for "black" and in his village they used to call him simply Aberkane.
Some names are amazigh but sometimes are not the real name. For exemple one of my friends is called on paper "Ahmaya" (there is another family named "Ahmia" and they are the same family) but in the village they call them Ait Zikki or Izikkiwen (just because they are from an area called Ait Zikki which was renamed Beni Zikki by the algerian government following his insane policy of arabisation).
Last edited by Izem33; 06-28-2012 at 08:59 PM.
Thanks again, Izem
I cannot see the tifinagh letters on this computer; I probably need a font installed from somewhere. Could anyone show me how it's written on a picture posted on this forum?
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