The great grandfather of Muhammad. Born, according to M.C. de Perceval, A.D. 464. Sprenger places his birth in A.D. 442. He married Salmah, by whom he had a son ‘Abdu ‘l-Muttalib, the father of Abdu’llah, who was the father of Muhammad. The author of the Qamus says Hashim’s original name was ‘Amr, but he was surnamed Hashim on account of the hospitality in distributing bread (kashm, to break bread) to the pilgrims at Makkah.
Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam