One Father, many names

Very interesting observations, I found after some research.

We all know that our great-grandfather was Haj Muhammad (Abuljebain), Son of Abdel Wahad (Abu Jebain) Son of Muhammad (Abu Jebain) Son of Abdel Wahad (Matbouli) Son of the Holy Honorable man ( قدس الله سره) Ibrahim Al-Matbouli.

Now the story starts as this, Ibrahim, our great-great-great-grandfather, is the decedent of Othman Ibn Afan, from the father’s side, and Al Hasan Ibn Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, from the mother’s side, and Zein Al Abideen Ibn Al Hussein Ibn Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, from the grandmother’s (father’s mother) side, was a holy religious scientific scholar in Mecca, and he was born around 1662 in Al Hejaz.

In 1700 Ibrahim, who became also an important merchant, went to Gaza, in Palestine, via Egypt, for trading. He liked it in Palestine, and lived there, till his death around 1730, and was buried near Isdoud,(اسدود) and it is assumed that the famous grave for Al Matbouli, visited by many people, and located near Isdoud in Palestine, is for this holy man In Egypt Ibrahim’s 3 sons were born.

Ibrahim 3 sons were: The first son, Khalil, went back to Egypt, and got married and lived in Egypt till his death and was buried there, Khalil kept Al Matbouli name and established the famous Al Matbouli family in Egypt, who had a lot of property and real-estate. Khalil had a son called Abdel Ahad, and Abdel Ahad later had a son called Badr Eddine, who was buried in Cairo. Ibrahim’s second son, Hasan died young in Egypt. Ibrahim’s third Son, Abdel Wahad 1st, (Our Great Great Grand Father) was born around 1690, and was 10 years old when his father went to Palestine. Abdel Wahad 1st took after his father and became a religious Sheikh, and became a well-known Merchant. Abdel Wahad 1st married a Palestinian woman from Gaza (غزة), and had 2 sons (Muhammad 1st and Ibrahim 2nd ) born there, and Abdel Wahad 1st became fully assimilated in the Palestinian Civil society.

Abdel Wahad 1st’s sons, Muhammad 1st and Ibrahim 2nd, became merchants as their father and grandfather. But the difference was that they were fully Palestinians by birth, and by assimilation, and got married to Palestinian women. We know that Abdel Wahad 1st first son Muhammad 1st was born around 1730, and was the first to be called Abu Jebain (2 Pockets), for his wealth, and generosity. Due to trading opportunities Muhammad 1st roamed all over Palestine as a merchant, married a woman from Yazour (يازور), near Jaffa, but he settled in Beit Jibrein(بيت جبرين) , where his 4 sons were born. Abdel Wahad 1st’s second son, Ibrahim 2nd had few sons who kept the name Matbouli, Later on Muhammad 1st’s sons and their cousins the sons of Ibrahim 2nd Matbouli, spread in many towns but most of them settled in Dora (دورا), where they had a feud with a tyrant governer called Al A’asfouri (العصفوري), and they killed him, and were forced to flee Dora. Now this generation of Abu Jebain-Matbouli, has uncles and great uncles from the Grandmother’s and Mother’s side in Gaza and Yazour (Jaffa) areas. Looking at the geography of that area, we see that Gaza and Hebron regions are very much integrated between themselves which explains the following.

 Muhammad 1st sons and his brother Ibrahim 2nd sons spread all over Palestine, Muhammad 1st Second son Abdullah Muhammad, went to Dhaheryah (الظاهرية)near Hebron (الخليل) and had many sons (established our branch there). Muhammad 1st’s Fourth son, Ahmad Muhammad went to Herbia (هربيا) , near Gaza (where we have our branch there), Ahmad had 2 sons, Muhammad, and Abdel Rahman, while Muhammad 1st’s First son, Abdel Wahad 2nd Muhammad our great-grandfather, who was born around 1770, and his Third son Ibrahim 3rd Muhammad fled to Gaza. From Gaza they left around 1802 and went to Jaffa (يافا) and lived there till Abdel Wahad 2nd Muhammad died around 1820, after he became a famous merchant there. Along with Abdel Wahad 2nd Muhammad and Ibrahim 3rd Muhammad many of their cousins’ sons fled to Jaffa with him, that’s the reason we find houses of Matbouli family in old town Jaffa next to Abuljebains’ houses as per the 19th century Jaffa city map. But Muhammad 1st’s Third son Ibrahim 3rd Muhammad Abu Jebain, left Jaffa and went to Safad (صفد)in 1805 (to established our branch there), one of Ibrahim 3rd Muhammad grandsons went to Houran Syria, and established the branch in Houran (حوران) , Ibrahim 3rd Muhammad had Khalil, who in turn had Ahmad Deib Abu Jebain, who had 5 sons (Muhammad Khalil, who went to Houran), while Ibrahim, Abdulla, Sa’ied, and Abdul Ghani, stayed in Safad,

Abdel Wahad 2nd had 2 Sons and a daughter, all were born in Jaffa, Haj Muhammad 2nd, our Great Grandfather, who was born around 1810, the daughter, Swaleh, was born in 1812 (was never married), and the second son, Hassan was born in 1815,

 Haj Muhammad 2nd, and his cousins, the sons of Ahmad and Abdullah added Al to their last name, like his and became Abuljebain أبوالجبين , while the sons of Ibrahim 3rd kept the name without Al. Haj Muhammad 2nd became the Chief Merchant, as the Head of the Chamber of Commerce (nowadays) of the City of Jaffa, while his brother was called Hassan Sawaleh (صوالح), since Hasan was spoiled by his mother who called him by his sister’s name due to Sawaleh’s death at a young age and the mother’s agony for keeping her memory. Hasan Swaleh was an Ottoman Employee, who had the keys of the Gates of Jaffa. Haj Muhammad 2nd, was the first person to build a house in the new area outside the walls, in what was called Al Manshiyah (the new establishment) (المنشية) , and later on they called the street were that house was built, the Abuljebain Street, in Jaffa.

 Haj Muhammad 2nd (Abu Al Abed), married a woman from the Sakijha family, from Jaffa, had five sons, and five daughters, the eldest daughter of Haj Muhammad, Latiefeh, married her cousin Ali Hassan Sawaleh Abuljebain, the second daughter, Fatimah, married a man the Sha’rawi family, and the other three daughters married a man from Abu Lughud family (One after the other) Abu Lughud, married Haniefeh, then her sister Maryam, after her death, and later on, the last sister, Zbeideh after the second’s death). As for the sons, the First one was Abdel Wahad 3rd, who died without having any Children, and the other four sons are our four grand fathers, Ahmad (married his cousin Fatoum Hassan Swaleh Abuljebain, and later on another woman from Ayyad family), then Amin (b. around 1845) (who was married to a woman from Al Barquoni family), then Abdullah (who was married to a woman from Al Fiqui family, and another woman from Al Salehi family), and the last son Rashid (who married 4 women from the families of Sha’rawi, Abu Qao’ud, Abu Dabouseh, and Sahioun) .

Ahmad had 5 sons, Zuhdi (b. 1890) (m. a woman from the family of Dimishquieh from Lebanon), Hilmi (m a woman from the family of Murabit from Algeria/Syria), Jamal (m. a woman from the family of Alsheikh Fadli from Syria), Fadl Eddine (n.m), and Rashad (n.m), and 5 daughters, Natheira (m. Tantoura), Huson (m. Qshair), Aisheh (m. Haidar), Zulfa, my Grand-Mother (m. her cousin Saleh Amin), and Dawlat (n.m).

Amin had 6 sons, Salim (m. a woman from the family of Abu Karr), Saleh (b. 1888), my Grand-Father (m. his cousin Zulfa Ahmad, and a woman from the family of Al Taji after Zulfa’s death), Eissa (m. his cousin Rifqa Abdullah), Musbah (m. a woman from the family of Touqan (Nablus)), and had a daughter named I’nayah, Mahmoud (n.m), and Fawzi (m. his cousin Fayzeh Shaker Rashid), and 3 daughters, Kawkab (m. a man from the family of Ayyad), Raeiseh (m. a man from the family of Abu Lughud), and Raeifeh (m. a man from the family of Abu Radwan).

Abdullah had 5 sons, Naiem, Ibrahim (m. his cousin Kulthom Kamel Rashid), Eid (m. his cousin Subhieh Kamel Rashid), Ali (m. 2 women from the families of Kotmitto (Haifa), and Shaa’ban), and Mustafa (n.m), and 4 daughters, Raoofeh (n.m), Rabiha (m. a man from the family of Haidar), Rifqa (m. her cousin Eissa Amin) and Subhieh (m. a man from the family of Saa’saa’ (Al-led)).

Rashid had 4 sons, A’aref (n.m), Kamel (m. a woman from the family of Kostero), Shaker (m. his cousin Khaldieh Ali Hassan Swaleh Abuljebain), and Muhammad Ali (m. a woman from the family of Beiraqdar), and 2 daughters, Amira (m. man from the family of Abu Lughud, and after his death she married a man from the family of Bleiha), and Sakineh (m. a man from the family of Sha’rawi).

Hassan Sawaleh Abuljebain had 2 sons, Ali (m. his cousin Latiefeh Muhammad 2nd Abuljebain), and Mousa (died young without marriage) and the three daughters of Hassan Sawaleh were, Fatoum (who married her cousin Ahmad Muhammad 2nd Abuljebain), and Amneh, who married a man of Al Amad family, and the third, Haniefeh, married a man of Idries family. Ali, the son of Hassan Swaleh had Khaled (who married his cousin Mutie’a Musa Hassan and after her decease married a lady from Al Najjar family), Mousa 2nd, Khaldieh (m. her cousin Shaker Rashid Abuljebain) and Rasmieh (married a man from Idries family). Mousa 1st had only one daughter (who got married to her cousin Khaled Ali Hassan Swaleh).



Ibrahim 1st Al Matbouli (Hejaz-Egypt-Palestine) had 3 Sons:

1- Khalil Al Matbouli (Egypt), had a son called Abdel Ahad, and Abdel Ahad later had son called Badr Eddine.

2-  Hasan died young in Egypt.

3-  Abdel Wahad 1st, (Gaza-Palestine) (Our Great Great Grand Father) married a Palestinian woman from Gaza (غزة), became fully assimilated in the Palestinian Civil society

Abdel Wahad 1st Ibrahim Al Matbouli (Gaza-Beit Jibrein) had 2 sons fully Palestinians by birth.

1.  Muhammad 1st (Abu Jebain) Abdel Wahad (Gaza)

2. Ibrahim 2nd Abdel Wahad Al Matbouli (Beit Jibrein)

Muhammad 1st (Abu Jebain) Abdel Wahad (Gaza) had 4 sons:

1.  Abdel Wahad 2nd (Abuljebain) Muhammad (Abu Jebain) (Beit Jibrein – Dora – Gaza – Jaffa)

2. Abdullah (Abuljebain) Muhammad (Abu Jebain) (Beit Jibrein – DoraDhaheryah (

3. Ahmad (Abuljebain) Muhammad (Abu Jebain) ( Beit Jibrein – Dora – Herbia)

4. Ibrahim 3rd (Jebain) Muhammad (Abu Jebain) ( Beit Jibrein – Dora – Gaza – Jaffa – Safad)


Abdel Wahad 2nd (Abuljebain) Muhammad (Abu Jebain) (Beit Jibrein) had 2 sons and one daughter:

1. Muhammad 2nd Abdel Wahad (Abuljebain) (Jaffa)

2. Hasan (Sawaleh) Abdel Wahad Abuljebain (Jaffa)

3. Sawaleh (The Daughter)

Muhammad 2nd Abdel Wahad (Abuljebain) (Jaffa) had 5 sons and 5 daughters:

  1. Abdel Wahad (Died young and had no children)
  2. Ahmad had 5 sons and 5 daughters:

Zuhdi, Hilmi Jamal, Fadluddine, and Rashad – Natheira, Huson Aisheh, Zulfa, and Dawlat

  1. Amin had 6 sons and 3 daughters:

Salim, Saleh, Eissa, Mahmoud Musbah, and Fawzi – Kawkab, Raeiseh, and Raeifeh

  1. Abdullah had 4 sons and 4 daughters:

       Naiem, Ibrahim, Eid, Ali, and Mustafa – Raoufeh, Rabriha, Rifqah, and Subhieh

  1. Rashid had 4 sons and 2 daughters:

       Aref, Kamel, Shaker, and Muhammad Ali – Amira and Sakieneh.

  1. Latiefeh (Dahgter) 7. Haniefeh (Daughter) 8. Fatemah (Daughter) 9. Amneh (Daughter)
  2. Zubeideh (Daughter)

Hassan Sawaleh Abuljebain had 2 sons and 3 daughters:

  1. Ali had I son and 2 daughters, Khaled – Khaldieh, and Rasmieh
  1. Mousa (died young without marriage)
  2. Fatoum (Daughter) Amneh (Daughter) 5. Haniefeh (Daughter).


That is the Story, of our family and when I mention any name I relate to one of those four.

Down below I will illustrate the different spellings of the last names that I know of, keeping in mind that all the family members who immigrated to Egypt had their “J” in the name turned into “G”, and the same happened to the family members who went to Syria and Lebanon, since the sound of the English “J” in French is “G”. Also there was always an intention to differentiate between Jebain (2 Pockets) and Jabin (Forehead) or Jibin (Cheese), that is why you will find most of our family members who immigrated to Syria, and Lebanon, had “O” or “U” in jebain. And you would find “Ja”, “Je”, “Ji”, “Jo”, Ju”, “Ga”, “Ge”, “Gi”, “Go”, and “Gu”. Accordingly you would also find BAIN, or BAYN, or BBIN, or BEEN, or BEINE, or BEN, or BIN, or BIEN, or BINN, while you would see, the Abu (father) spelled Abo, Abu, and Abou, and sometimes taken out completely, also sometimes you will see the name written in 2 words, or hyphenated (-), with “al”, “Al”, “el”, “El”, “il”, “Il”, “ejj”, “Ejj” or as one word, and lately we found the whole name had been reduced to AJ, or A.J. or Aj .

So here are the names that I saw in Documents, or from exchange of information.

  • Abol Jobain (Zuhdi Ahmad company of Orange export in Jaffa)
  • Abu el Jiben (my grandfather Saleh Amin Palestinian British Passport, issued in 1929)
  • Abu Al Jeibain (my grandfather Saleh Amin Appointment by the government as a Mukhtar of Irshid and Maslakh Quarters in Jaffa in 1942)
  • Abu el jibain (my grandfather Saleh Amin All-Palestine Government Passport in 1954)
  • Abu ej Jibain (my aunt Itidal Saleh Amin Palestinian British Passport in 1947)
  • Abul-jubain (my father Khair Eddine Saleh Amin Palestine Matriculation Certificate in 1943)
  • AboulGiben (my father Khair Eddine Saleh Amin Government of Palestine, Certificate of Service, as Press Censor 1946-1948, it was issued on 24 March 1948 ending the service on 15 May 1948, the British knew they are leaving on that date)
  • Abu-AlJabain (my uncle Farouq Saleh Government of Kuwait Laissez-Passer 1948)
  • Abul-Jabein (my father Khair Eddine Saleh Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Passport 1961)
  • Abul Jubayn (my A.U.B. university I.D. 1968)
  • Abuljebain (my S.W.T.S.U. university I.D. 1969)

Here are also other spellings

  • Yousef Muhammad Ali Rashid Abu el jebain
  • Yaqoub Muhammad Ali Rashid Abuljibain
  • Hani Zuhdi Ahmad Aboul-Jabin
  • Nadim Jamal Ahmad Abuljobain
  • Sari Jamal Ahmad Abul-Jubein
  • Waleed Samih Eid Abdullah Abo Al Jabin
  • Suhail Eid Abdullah Abouljubain
  • Muhammad Ali Abouelgubein
  • Atta Ali Abou El-Gubein
  • Muhammad Ahmad Ibrahim Abdullah Abo el jebein
  • Hani Ahmad Ibrahim Abdullah Aboeljabine
  • Belal Adel Muhammad Ali Rashid Abueljibain
  • Osama Adel Muhammad Ali Rashid Abu el jubin
  • Muawiya Abdel Wahad Muhammad Ali Rashid Abu Al-Jubain
  • Sawsan Adel Muhammad Ali Rashid Abuljubain
  • Hani Ghazi Muhammad Ali Rashid Abujabenn
  • Muhammad Eid Suhail Eid Abdullah Jebein
  • Khamis Ibrahim Khamis Ibrahim Abdullah Abulgubein
  • Nabil Eid Abdullah Abu Al-Jebeen
  • Bassam Yaqoub Muhammad Ali Rashid Abu Al-Jibin


And from the Face book we get the followings:



Conclusion, there are 4 categories of the spellings [the name is abbreviated with different forms (4), the name is written as one compounded word with different forms (37), the name written as two words with different forms (34) and the name written as three words with different forms (18)], so this makes a total of 93 different available spellings of the family name, and they are as follows:

Abuljebain (Which is the mostly used spelling i.e by the brothers and some cousins of the same branch), Abol Jobain, Abu el Jiben, Abu Al Jeibain, Abu-AlJubain Abu el jibain, Abu ej Jibain, Abul-jubain, AboulGiben, Abu-AlJabain, Abul-Jabein, Abul Jubayn, Abu el jebain, Abuljibain, Aboul-Jabin, Abuljobain, Abul-Jubein, Abo Al Jabin, Abouljubain, Abouelgubein, Abou El-Gubein, Abo el jebein, Aboeljabine, Abueljibain, Abu el jubin, Abu Al-Jubain, Abuljubain, Abujabenn, Jebein, Abulgubein, Abu Al-Jebeen, Abu Al-Jibin, Abou Al –Jebin, Abu El Jubain, Abuljubein, Abou El Jebin, Abo Aljebeen, Abau Jabeen, Abulgubein, Aj, Abul Jubain, Abu Aljabin, Abueljibien, Jebien, Aboul Jabine, Abu Aljabien, Abou Aljabeen, Abueljubain, Abau Jabeen, Aboaljebien, Abou-el-gibeen, Aboul Jebine, Abueljebain, Aboul Jibin, Aboul-Jibin, Abou Aljabben, Abul Jubien, Abu Jubain, Abo Jibeen, Abu Aljubain, Abu Algebeen, Abu Al Jibeen, Abou Jubain, Abu Eljebain, Abu Al Gebeen, Jebain, Abou El Jubain, Abuelgubein, AbuJebain, Abou Al Jabeen, Abu-Aljubain, Abulgebain, Jubain, Abo El Jeben, Abou Al Jibeen, Jabein, Abou Al -Jebin, Abouljibine, Abuljubein, Abualjubain, Abul Jubain, Abou Jibin, Abul Jubian, Abou Aljabeen, Abualjabin, Abu Jubein, Abouel Jabine, Abul Jibeen, Abu-Eljebain, Abu Eljubain, Abu El Jibien, Abu Aljubein, Abou El Gibeen.

Down below you find the analysis:


AJ, Aj, A.J., A.j.


One copounded word (with J):

Abuljebain, Abuljibain, Abuljobain, Abuljubain, Abuljubein,

Abouljibine, Abouljubain


Abul-jubain, Abul-Jubein, Abul-Jabein                                Aboul-Jabin, Aboul-Jibin

(with el, or al)

Abueljebain, Abueljibain, Abueljubain, Abueljibien,

Aboeljabine, Aboeljabin

Abualjubain, Abualjabin,                                                                             Aboaljebien

(hyphenated, with el, or al)

Abu-AlJabain, Abu-Aljubain, Abu-Eljebain,                                           Abou Al–Jebin

One compounded word (with G):

Abulgebain, Abulgubein, AboulGiben,

(with el, or al)

Abuelgubein, Abouelgubein, Abou-el-gibeen

One compounded word (without l or al or el):

AbuJebain, Abujabenn

One single word (without Abu, or Abo, or Abou):

Jebain, Jebein, Jubain, Jabein



Two words with J and Abu or Abo or Abou:

Abu Aljabin, Abu Aljabien, Abu Aljubain, Abu Aljubein, Abu Eljubain,

Abu Eljebain,                                                                 Abo Aljebeen, Abou Aljabeen,                

Abou Aljabben, Abou Aljabeen.

(hyphenated second word)

Abu Al-Jebeen, Abu Al-Jubain, Abu-AlJubain, Abu El-jebain, Abu Al-Jibin, Abou Al -Jebin.

Two words with Abul or Abol or Aboul:

Abul Jubayn, Abul Jubain, Abul Jubian, Abul Jubien, Abul Jibeen,

Abol Jobain,                                                   Aboul Jabine, Aboul Jebine, Aboul Jibin

(with an el or al in the first word)

Abouel Jabine,

Two words with Abu or Abo or Abou without an el or al :

Abu Jubain, Abu Jubein,      Abo Jibeen,       Abou Jubain, Abou Jibin, Abau Jabeen,

Two words with G and Abu or Abo or Abou:

Abu Algebeen,                                                                                     Abou El-Gubein,



Three Words with J (with capital middle):

Abu Al Jeibain, Abu El Jubain, Abu Al Jibeen, Abu El Jibien,

Abo Al Jabin, Abo El Jeben,

Abou El Jubain, Abou El Jebin, Abou Al Jabeen, Abou Al Jibeen,

Three Words with J (with small middle):

Abu el Jiben, Abu el jebain, Abu el jubin, Abu el jibain,                         Abo el jebein,

(without l) Abu ej Jibain,

Three Words with G:

Abu Al Gebeen, Abou El Gibeen