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"Abou-Dewan" is a nickname meaning "father of Dewan". "Abou" or "Abu" nicknames are very common. They are of two types. The first is to name a man after his first-born son. This is something that friends would call him. The second is a nickname describing the man. I do not know what "Dewan" means, but it could be either that this described him (like "Pepin the Short", "Eric the Red" or "Richard the Lionheart") or that he was the opposite (like calling a large man "Little John" or "Tiny").
In general arabic naming convention, the given name is first and the family name is last. If there is a middle name, this is the father's given name. If there are four names, the second is the father's and the third is the grandfather's, etc. Therefore, the father of David Youssef Tannous is Youssef Tannous. This is a shortening of ibn-Youssef, meaning son of Youssef.
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