The book I'm reading right now is interesting for a lot of reasons... It's called Trickster Travels, about a sort of Ibn Battuta kind of guy who widely traveled the Muslim and Christian world in the first half of the 1500's.
It lets me know a lot of history I didn't know before about golden age-era Islam.
But one of the most interesting things is how many names the guy has. In the West he's mostly known because he was captured and kept in Italy for 9 years during his travels, and he wrote a famous and valuable book while there, called The Description of Africa. So in the West, like on his Wikipedia page, he's usually known as Leo Africanus, the name he published the book under, or sometimes as his baptismal name after he supposedly converted to Christianity in Italy, Giovan Lioni Africano.
But probably the most accurate name, his Muslim name, the one he used for most of his life, is al-Hasan ibn Muhhamad ibn Ahmad al-Wazzan al-Fasi al-Gharnati.
Al-hasan is sorta his first name, "ibn Muhhamad" means his dad is named Muhhamad, "ibn Ahmad al-Wazzan" means his grandpa on his dad's side was named that, "al-Fasi" means he was brought up in the city of Fez, and "al-Gharnati" means he was born in Granada.
I'm not sure how the naming conventions worked back then, but most often the author calls him al-Hasan al-Wazzan, but not always. For example, if someone else's name has one or both of those parts, he might call him ibn Muhhamad or ibn Ahmed al-Wazzan. But, for example, to distinguish him from his father, Muhhamad ibn Ahmad al-Wazzan, the author might call him al-Hasan al-Fasi or something of the like.
The names are all pretty confusing, because so many can be used, and there's so many Muhhamad something-or-other's. But I think it's kinda interesting. In a scholarly text about a Western person, of course, you'd just use their last name for the most part. So it'd be interesting to have so many names for the same person, with a lot of people sharing names so you have to find the right combination that describes only one agreed-upon person...