Adnan is the traditional ancestor of the Adnani of northern Arabia, as opposed to the Qahtani of Southern Arabia who descend from Qahtan. Adnan is said to be a descendant of Ishmael through his son Kedar. His descendants are said to have included Muhammad.
Adnan is still a common male name for Arabs and Muslims.
I couldn't remember what my name meant so I looked it up. This was not the meaning I had been told. Oh well, at least it follows the right tribe!
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