According to another source, the name of SAAD is translated as 'With Good Luck'. Perhaps that's why it's as common as Smith in the Middle Eastern world. To clarify from sources that have done research: the Saad Clan is very old; originated in The Yemen, where all old families of Arabic background have been derived.Branches of the Saad Clans are distributed in Lebanon, true. But there is also a prominent clan in Palestine. The name pre-dates the creation of the Muslim religion by many years. In fact, one story claims that the nursemaid to the Prophet Muhammad was from the Saad clan. My grandfather was from the Lebanon Syria area. We have not been able to discover exactly where. Their family farming area had a more or less peaceful agreement with the Turks who ruled the area in the middle of the 19th century. They were Christians and were not bothered but co-existed in peace. The Turks however, would occasionally go on a marauding mission and my family fled just in time and left the area for good. To the Philippines. If anyone has any information about the ports in use in Lebanon during the mid-1850's I would be most appreciative. Thanks.