Origin of the name JAFFAR.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name JAFFAR.
Arabic. The same as Jafar
(q.v.), meaning "escort, guard."
BARMECIDES (descendants of
Barmek), a powerful family of Khorasan, attached to the Abbasside
caliphs. One of them, Khaled ben Barmek, was tutor of Haroun al-Rashid.
His son Yahya became the vizier of Haroun about 786, and contributed
greatly to the renown of his master's reign. Of his sons, Fadhl
was distinguished as a soldier and as minister of justice, and Jaffar
figures in the "Arabian Nights" as the friend and confidant of
Haroun... (American Cyclopaedia, v.2, 1873)