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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 70 (1930-2000)

Birthplace: Qardaha, Syria

Hafez al-Assad (Arabic: حافظ الأسد‎ Ḥāfiẓ al-ʾAsad, Levantine Arabic: [ˈħaːfezˤ elˈʔasad], Modern Standard Arabic: [ħaːfɪðˤ al'ʔasad]; 6 October 1930 – 10 June 2000) was a Syrian politician ...more
Adib Shishakli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 55 (1909-1964)

Birthplace: Hama, Syria

Adib Bin Hassan Al-Shishakli (Arabic: أديب بن حسن الشيشكلي‎, 1909 – 27 September 1964) was a Syrian military leader and President of Syria (1953–54).
Ali Ahmad Said is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ali Ahmad Said Age: 89

Birthplace: Al-Qassabin, Syria

Ali Ahmad Said Esber (North Levantine: [ˈʕali ˈʔaħmad saˈʕiːd ˈʔesbeɾ]; born 1 January 1930), also known by the pen name Adonis or Adunis (Arabic: أدونيس‎ [ʔadoːˈniːs]), is a Syrian poet, ...more
Muhammed Faris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Syria
Age: 67

Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria

Muhammed Ahmed Faris (Arabic: محمد أحمد فارس‎, Muḥammad ʾAḥmad Fāris; born 26 May 1951) is a Syrian military aviator. He was the first Syrian and the second Arab in space.
Sami al-Hinnawi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 52 (1898-1950)

Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria

Sami Hilmy al-Hinnawi (Arabic: محمد سامي حلمي الحناوي‎) (1898 – October 31, 1950) was a Syrian politician and military officer.
Pope Constantine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Syria

Birthplace: Syria, Syria

Pope Constantine (Latin: Constantinus; 664 – 9 April 715) was Bishop of Rome from 25 March 708 to his death in 715. With the exception of Antipope Constantine, he was the only pope to bear such ...more
Ibn al-Nafis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 75 (1213-1288)

Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

Ala-al-din abu Al-Hassan Ali ibn Abi-Hazm al-Qarshi al-Dimashqi (Arabic: علاء الدين أبو الحسن عليّ بن أبي حزم القرشي الدمشقي), known as Ibn al-Nafis (Arabic: ابن النفيس), was an Arab physician ...more
Edmund Keeley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Syria
Age: 91

Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

Edmund Leroy "Mike" Keeley (born February 5, 1928) is a prize-winning novelist, translator, and essayist, a poet, and Charles Barnwell Straut Professor Emeritus of English at Princeton ...more
Pope John V is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 1 (685-686)

Birthplace: Syria, Syria

Pope John V can also refer to Pope John V of Alexandria.Pope John V (Latin: Ioannes V; died 2 August 686) was Bishop of Rome from 23 July 685 to his death in 686. He was the first pope of the ...more
Fawwaz T. Ulaby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Syria

Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

Fawwaz T. Ulaby (Arabic: فواز علبي‎) is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and formerly the Founding Provost ...more
Rafik Schami is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Syria
Rafik Schami Age: 72

Birthplace: Damascus, Arab world, Syria

Rafik Schami (Arabic: رفيق شامي‎) (born Suheil Fadel (سهيل فاضل) June 1946) is a Syrian author, storyteller and critic.
Ighraa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ighraa Age: 74

Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

Ighraa is an actress.
Diana al-Hadid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Syria
Age: 38

Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria

Diana Al-Hadid (born 1981) is a Syrian-born American contemporary artist who creates sculptures, installations, and drawings using various common materials, including wood, plaster, wax, paint, ...more
Kinan Azmeh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Syria
Age: 42

Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

Kinan Azmeh (born June 10, 1976 in Damascus) is a Syrian clarinet player and composer of contemporary music.
Michel Aflaq is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Syria
Michel Aflaq Dec. at 79 (1910-1989)

Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

Michel Aflaq (Arabic: ميشيل عفلق‎‎, Arabic pronunciation: [miːʃeːl ʕaflaq], 9 January 1910 – 23 June 1989) was a Syrian philosopher, sociologist and Arab nationalist. His ideas played a ...more
Sulaf Fawakherji is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Syria
Age: 41

Birthplace: Lattakia, Syria

Sulaf Fawakherji (Arabic: سلاف فواخرجي‎) (born 27 July 1977) is a Syrian film, TV actress and director. She has played many roles on Syrian soap operas. Fawakherji studied art and sculpture at ...more
Ahmad Saber Hamcho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Syria
Age: 26

Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

Ahmad Saber Hamcho is an Equestrian athlete. He represented Syria in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 53 (1882-1935)

Birthplace: Jableh, Syria

Izz ad-Din Abd al-Qadar ibn Mustafa ibn Yusuf ibn Muhammad al-Qassam (1881 or 19 December 1882 – 20 November 1935) (Arabic: عز الدين بن عبد القادر بن مصطفى بن يوسف بن محمد القسام‎ / ALA-LC: ʿIzz ...more
Ziad Hamzeh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ziad Hamzeh Age: 60

Birthplace: Jabal al-Druze, Syria

Ziad H Hamzeh (born 22 January 1959) is an accomplished Syrian-American film-maker, a theatre director, and a college professor. Ziad has made Boston, Massachusetts his home after relocating ...more
Iamblichus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Syria
Iamblichus Dec. at 80 (245-325)

Birthplace: Qinnasrin, Syria

Iamblichus (; Greek: Ἰάμβλιχος; c. AD 245 – c. 325) was a Syrian Neoplatonist philosopher of Arab origin. He determined the direction that would later be taken by Neoplatonic philosophy. He was ...more
Ezra Attiya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Syria
Ezra Attiya Dec. at 89 (1881-1970)

Birthplace: Aleppo, Syria

Ezra Attiya (Hebrew: עזרא עטייה‎; Arabic: عزرا عطية‎) (31 January 1885 – 25 May 1970) was one of the greatest teachers of Torah in the Sephardic Jewish world during the 20th century. He was rosh ...more
Tayseer Allouni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Syria
Tayseer Allouni Age: 64

Birthplace: Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Tayseer Allouni (Arabic: تيسير علوني‎; also: Taysir, Tayseer, Alluni, Aluni, Alony) is a journalist from the Al Jazeera news channel. He was born in Deir ez-Zor in Syria in 1955 then in 1983 he ...more
Aref Dalila is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Syria
Aref Dalila Age: 77

Birthplace: Lattakia, Syria

Aref Dalila (Arabic: عارف دليلة‎) (born 1942) is a Syrian economist and former Dean of the Faculty of Economics in Damascus University. He is currently working as a Senior Economic Researcher at ...more
Posidonius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Syria
Dec. at 84 (134 BC-50 BC)

Birthplace: Apamea, Syria, Syria

Posidonius (Greek: Ποσειδώνιος, Poseidonios, meaning "of Poseidon") "of Apameia" (ὁ Ἀπαμεύς) or "of Rhodes" (ὁ Ῥόδιος) (c. 135 BCE – c. 51 BCE), was a Greek Stoic ...more
Ali Diab is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Syria
Age: 36

Birthplace: Rif Dimashq Governorate, Syria

Ali Diab (Arabic: علي دياب‎; born 23 May 1982 in Ahfer Fauka, Rif Dimashq, Syria) is a Syrian professional association football player. He currently plays for Al-Wahda, which competes in the ...more