Disasters Emergency Committee

The DECbrings together 13 leading UK aid agencies to raise money at times of humanitarian crisis in poorer countries. By working together we can raise more money to save lives and rebuild shattered communities.

Medical Aid for Palestinians

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees. MAP delivers health and medical care to those worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

The RSPB is a member of BirdLife International, a partnership of conservation organisations working to give nature a home around the world.

History of the Name

This section gives a brief history of the family name.

Origins of the Family Name

Younis is the name of one of the prophets mentioned in the Quran. Younis was sent to the people of Nineveh (near modern day Mosul in Iraq), and when he ran away from his people in anger, he was swallowed by a whale, but Allah saved him because he was a good man. His name is mentioned five times in the Quran and is also the name of chapter 10 of the Quran (Surat Yunus). The origin of the Y is said to be Hebrew and the meaning is said to be dove, pigeon. It is a good Islamic name even though its origin is not Arabic, since it is mentioned in the Quran and is part of Islamic culture.

The name Younis is also used by Christians and Jews as Jonah as he is mentioned in the Bible as a prophet.