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Famous People From Syria

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List of famous people from Syria, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Syria, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Syria you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Syria, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

The list you're viewing contains people like Mustafa Setmariam Nasar and Elias Merkes.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Syria?" or "Which celebrities were born in Syria?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Hafez al-Assad

    Hafez al-Assad

    Dec. at 70 (1930-2000)

    BirthplaceQardaha, Syria

    Hafez al-Assad (Arabic: حافظ الأسد‎ Ḥāfiẓ al-ʾAsad, Levantine Arabic: [ˈħaːfezˤ elˈʔasad],... more on Wikipedia
  • Adib Shishakli

    Dec. at 55 (1909-1964)

    BirthplaceHama, Syria

    Adib Bin Hassan Al-Shishakli (Arabic: أديب بن حسن الشيشكلي‎, 1909 – 27 September 1964) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Ali Ahmad Said

    Ali Ahmad Said

    Age: 90

    BirthplaceAl-Qassabin, Syria

    Ali Ahmad Said Esber (North Levantine: [ˈʕali ˈʔaħmad saˈʕiːd ˈʔesbeɾ]; born 1 January 1930),... more on Wikipedia
  • Muhammed Faris

    BirthplaceAleppo, Syria

    Muhammed Ahmed Faris (Arabic: محمد أحمد فارس‎, Muḥammad ʾAḥmad Fāris; born 26 May 1951) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Sami al-Hinnawi

    Dec. at 52 (1898-1950)

    BirthplaceAleppo, Syria

    Sami Hilmy al-Hinnawi (Arabic: محمد سامي حلمي الحناوي‎) (1898 – October 31, 1950) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Pope Constantine
    Pope Constantine (Latin: Constantinus; 664 – 9 April 715) was Bishop of Rome from 25 March 708... more on Wikipedia
  • Ibn al-Nafis

    Ibn al-Nafis

    Dec. at 75 (1213-1288)

    BirthplaceDamascus, Syria

    Ala-al-din abu Al-Hassan Ali ibn Abi-Hazm al-Qarshi al-Dimashqi (Arabic: علاء الدين أبو الحسن... more on Wikipedia
  • Edmund Keeley

    BirthplaceDamascus, Syria

    Edmund Leroy "Mike" Keeley (born February 5, 1928) is a prize-winning novelist, translator,... more on Wikipedia
  • Pope John V

    Pope John V

    Dec. at 1 (685-686)

    BirthplaceSyria, Syria

    Pope John V can also refer to Pope John V of Alexandria.Pope John V (Latin: Ioannes V; died 2... more on Wikipedia
  • Fawwaz T. Ulaby (Arabic: فواز علبي‎) is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering... more on Wikipedia
  • Rafik Schami

    Rafik Schami

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceDamascus, Arab world, Syria

    Rafik Schami (Arabic: رفيق شامي‎) (born Suheil Fadel (سهيل فاضل) June 1946) is a Syrian... more on Wikipedia
  • Ighraa

    Age: 75

    BirthplaceDamascus, Syria

    Ighraa is an actress.
  • BirthplaceAleppo, Syria

    Diana Al-Hadid (born 1981) is a Syrian-born American contemporary artist who creates... more on Wikipedia
  • Kinan Azmeh

    BirthplaceDamascus, Syria

    Kinan Azmeh (born June 10, 1976 in Damascus) is a Syrian clarinet player and composer of... more on Wikipedia
  • Michel Aflaq

    Michel Aflaq

    Dec. at 79 (1910-1989)

    BirthplaceDamascus, Syria

    Michel Aflaq (Arabic: ميشيل عفلق‎‎, Arabic pronunciation: [miːʃeːl ʕaflaq], 9 January 1910 –... more on Wikipedia
  • Sulaf Fawakherji

    BirthplaceLattakia, Syria

    Sulaf Fawakherji (Arabic: سلاف فواخرجي‎) (born 27 July 1977) is a Syrian film, TV actress and... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceDamascus, Syria

    Ahmad Saber Hamcho is an Equestrian athlete. He represented Syria in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Izz ad-Din al-Qassam

    Izz ad-Din al-Qassam

    Dec. at 53 (1882-1935)

    BirthplaceJableh, Syria

    Izz ad-Din Abd al-Qadar ibn Mustafa ibn Yusuf ibn Muhammad al-Qassam (1881 or 19 December... more on Wikipedia
  • Ziad Hamzeh

    Ziad Hamzeh

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceJabal al-Druze, Syria

    Ziad H Hamzeh (born 22 January 1959) is an accomplished Syrian-American film-maker, a theatre... more on Wikipedia
  • Iamblichus

    Dec. at 80 (245-325)

    BirthplaceQinnasrin, Syria

    Iamblichus (; Greek: Ἰάμβλιχος; c. AD 245 – c. 325) was a Syrian Neoplatonist philosopher of... more on Wikipedia
  • Ezra Attiya

    Ezra Attiya

    Dec. at 89 (1881-1970)

    BirthplaceAleppo, Syria

    Ezra Attiya (Hebrew: עזרא עטייה‎; Arabic: عزرا عطية‎) (31 January 1885 – 25 May 1970) was one... more on Wikipedia
  • Tayseer Allouni

    Tayseer Allouni

    Age: 65

    BirthplaceDeir ez-Zor, Syria

    Tayseer Allouni (Arabic: تيسير علوني‎; also: Taysir, Tayseer, Alluni, Aluni, Alony) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Aref Dalila

    Aref Dalila

    Age: 78

    BirthplaceLattakia, Syria

    Aref Dalila (Arabic: عارف دليلة‎) (born 1942) is a Syrian economist and former Dean of the... more on Wikipedia
  • Posidonius


    Dec. at 84 (134 BC-50 BC)

    BirthplaceApamea, Syria, Syria

    Posidonius (Greek: Ποσειδώνιος, Poseidonios, meaning "of Poseidon") "of Apameia" (ὁ Ἀπαμεύς)... more on Wikipedia
  • Ali Diab

    Ali Diab

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceRif Dimashq Governorate, Syria

    Ali Diab (Arabic: علي دياب‎; born 23 May 1982 in Ahfer Fauka, Rif Dimashq, Syria) is a Syrian... more on Wikipedia