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100 Cool Turkish Names for Boys

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Check out these strong Turkish boy names straight from the Ottoman Empire!

Turkey is a fascinating country bordered by Asia and Europe, creating a unique cultural dynamic that isn’t replicated anywhere else in the world. Turkish boy names are just as unique and impressive as the country itself!

Before selecting which Turkish male names are suitable for your son, it’s essential to know their history and why they are significant. Luckily, we have all of that information (and more) in the article below! Read on to discover 100 of the best Turkish names for boys rooted in the country’s history and culture.


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100 Popular Turkish Names for Boys

Keep reading to discover the best Turkish male names for your baby boy!

Abdullah

A religious choice among our Turkish names for boys, Abdullah means “servant of God.”

Pronounced ab-dool-LA, Abdullah is the Turkish version of the Arabic name Abd Allah. Being a good servant of Allah is very important in Islam, which explains why Abdullah is so common among Muslims. A well-known bearer was the father of prophet Muhammud, Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib.

Common, Religious

Adem

Adem is a biblical option within our Turkish male names, meaning “son of the red earth.”

Adem is the Turkish version of Adam, which comes from the Hebrew word “ adamah,” meaning “earth.” In the Old Testament, Adam and his wife, Eve, were made by God in the Garden of Eden, who formed them from the earth. Adem is common in Turkey and Bosnia, with bearers like pro soccer player Adem Buyuk and actor Adem Cejvan.

Biblical, Classic

Adlee

Adlee is a Turkish male name meaning “just” or “fair.”

Another possible meaning is “he who God judges.” While Adlee is a masculine name in Turkey, its variation Adley from the U.S. is usually a girl’s name. So, Adlee may not be the best option if your son is Turkish American.

Cute

Ahmet

Ahmet is a Turkish boy’s name meaning “highly praised.”

The Turkish variation of the Arabic name Ahmad, Ahmet is derived from the verb “hameda,” meaning “to thank or to praise.”

In the Quran Surah 61:6, Jesus says that he is a messenger from Allah and that a messenger named Ahmad (or Ahmet) will come after him. Most believe that Ahmet is another name for the Prophet Muhammad.

Ahmad and Ahmet are common names throughout the Middle East. In the U.S., Ahmad first made the charts in the 1970s, ranking #624 in 2020. Ahmet, however, is still unknown, making it a unique alternative.

Religious, Common

Ali

Ali is an Arabic name meaning “lofty” or “elevated.”

Ali was the cousin and loyal companion of the Prophet Muhammud. After Muhammud’s death, he became the 4th caliph (AKA ruler) of the Islam Nation. Today, he is a significant religious figure in Shia and Sunni Islam. His name is prevalent all over the globe, especially in Turkey, ranked as the 11th most popular Turkish name for boys in 2020.

Religious, Common

Alpaslan

Alpaslan is a Turkish boy name meaning “heroic lion.”

Alpaslan, also spelled Alparslan, is super trendy in Turkey, ranked as the 8th most popular name for boys. This courageous name has a sporty side, belonging to soccer players Eratli and Ozturk. So, it could be a terrific pick if you want your son to be as brave and athletic as a lion!

Strong

Altan

Altan is a Turkish name meaning “red dawn.”

Pronounced AHL-tahn, Altan is a common first and last name in Turkey. While it is thought to mean “red dawn,” it’s sometimes linked to the Turkic name Altin, meaning “golden.” Altan also means “golden” in Mongolian.

This striking name has received little usage outside of its home country. We think it has global potential, on par with trendy “an” names like Sebastian, Rowan, and Nolan.

Sophisticated

Aras

Aras is a Kurdish, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu name meaning “equal” or “balanced.”

The name is derived from the Aras River, which flows through Turkey, Armenia, Iran, and Azerbaijan. In Armenia, the river is named after Arast, the great-grandson of Haik, the founder of the Armenian nation.

Aras is also an unrelated Lithuanian name derived from the Old High German “arn,” meaning “eagle.” Famous bearers are Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov and American TV personality and Survivor winner Aras Baskauskas.

Ancient

Asaf

Asaf is a Hebrew name meaning “gather” or “harvest.”

Although Asaf didn’t originate in Turkey, it’s very trendy in the country, with two-part names like Omer Asaf, Ali Asaf, and Emir Asaf in the top 60 Turkish names for boys in 2020. Plain-old Asaf is less popular, ranked #78 the same year.

The Arabic, Persian, and Urdu version is Asif. It was the name of Solomon’s vizier, or top advisor, admired for his wisdom and prudence in the Quran.

Common

Aslan

Aslan is a strong selection amid our Turkish male names, meaning “lion.”

Alternatively spelled Arsalan or Arslan, Aslan is a courageous name with royal associations. It was born by Aslan-Bey Sharvashidze, the short-lived prince of the Principality of Abkhazia, and Aslan Alp, the second Sultan of the Seljuk Empire.

Aslan received worldwide recognition after C.S. Lewis chose it for his Biblical lion character in the popular book series Chronicles of Narnia. Aslan could serve as a unique alternative for more popular similar-sounding names like Alan, Allan, or Arlan.

Unique, Strong
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Ayaz

Ayaz is a Turkish male name meaning “frosty.”

An excellent option for a baby born in the wintertime, Ayaz is derived from the Proto-Turkic “anar,” meaning “clear,” “sky,” or “frost.” Ayaz Ata is the name of the Turkish “Frost Father,” who plays a similar role to Santa Claus. He and his sidekick Kar Kiz or “Snow Girl” bring presents to children at New Year.

Friendly, Cute

Aybars

Aybars is a popular option among our Turkish male names, meaning “there is the moon.”

Pronounced eye-BARS, the exact origin of Aybars is unknown. It may have derived from “ay,” meaning “moon,” and the Proto-Turkic word “bar,” meaning “there exists.” While Aybars is rare in the States, it’s a hip choice in Turkey, ranked #41 in 2020.

Cool, Popular

Aziz

Aziz is an Arabic and Hebrew name meaning “strong” or “powerful.”

It is a common first and last name in Semitic languages, such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Assyrian, as well as non-Semitic languages, like Turkish, Kurdish, Persian, and Urdu. In Ancient times, Aziz was the Palmyran Arab god of the morning star, often depicted riding a camel with his twin brother Arsu.

Famous Turkish namesakes include Nobel Prize-winning chemist Aziz Sancar and writer Aziz Nesin, who used the proceeds from his books to support children in need.

Common

Balian

Balian is a Turkish boy’s name meaning “master, lord.”

Pronounced BA-li-an, Balian may be derived from the Turkish “bal,” meaning “master,” however, its exact origins are unknown. The earliest bearer was a 12th-century crusader of Jerusalem named Balian of Ibelin. An alternative spelling is Barisan.

Cool

Baran

Baran is a Turkish, Persian, and Kurdish name meaning “rain.”

It could be a perfect choice for a baby born on a rainy day! In Persian, Baran is typically a girl’s name, but it’s a boy’s name in Turkish and Kurdish. In Polish, Russian, Slovak, and Hungarian, Baran is a nickname meaning “ram,” often borne by forceful men or shepherds. A famous namesake is Baran bo Odar, a German filmmaker of Turkish origin who created the popular TV show Dark.

Natural

Baris

Baris means “peaceful” in Turkish.

This charming boy’s name is traditionally spelled with an s-cedilla, a letter used in many Turkic languages. Baris was prevalent in Turkey in the 70s and 80s, with bearers like film director Eyriboz, pro-basketball player Hersek, and former rock musician Akarsu. Baris still hasn’t lost its edge, ranked as the 83rd most popular boys’ name in Turkey in 2020.

Cute

Batuhan

Batuhan is a Turkish male name that’s fit for a warrior, meaning “strong ruler.”

Batuhan is derived from the Mongol ruler Batu Khan who founded the Golden Horde, a Mongolian territory encompassing areas in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. In the Mongolian language, “batu” means “firm,” while in Turkish, “batu” means “prevailing” or “strong,” and “han” means “ruler.”

Powerful, Unique

Bayram

Bayram is a Turkish name meaning “holiday.”

In Turkey, Bayram is a word for nationally celebrated holidays, such as Halloween (Cadilar Bayram) and Christmas (Noel Bayram). This festive word is also a name for guys, with bearers like Mughal military commander Muhammad Bairam Khan and Turkish Olympic boxer Bayram Sit.

Friendly, Cute

Berat

Berat is a Turkish male name with an unknown meaning.

It may have derived from the Turkish “berat,” meaning “letters patent.” However, its exact origins are unclear. Berat is commonly used by the Albanians and Turks. Prominent bearers include former Turkish Minister of Treasury and Finance, Berat Albayrak, and Finnish footballer Berat Sadik.

Common

Bilal

Bilal is an Arabic and Turkish name meaning “wetting” or “moistening.”

Pronounced bee-LAL, Bilal was the most trusted companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He was one of the earliest converters to Islam, admired for his melodious voice, which permitted him to become the first Muezzin, or Muslim pray giver, in Islam history. This inspiring name received a high ranking of #95 in Turkey in 2020.

Religious, Common
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Bugra

Bugra is a Turkish name for boys meaning “male camel.”

Pronounced boo-RAH, Bugra is an excellent choice for animal lovers. It most likely means “male camel,” however, it’s sometimes translated as “double-humped camel” or “baby camel.” This cute name is trendy in Turkey, ranked #80 in 2020.

Natural, Cute

Bunyamin

Bunyamin means “son of the right hand.”

A religious choice among our Turkish names for boys, Bunyamin is a variation of Benjamin, a Hebrew name meaning “son of the right hand.” In the Old Testament, Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob, who founded the Israelite tribe of Benjamin.

Biblical, Strong

Burak

Burak is a hip choice among our Turkish boy names, meaning “lightning.”

It is derived from the Arabic Buraq, a creature in the Islamic tradition that transports prophets from place to place. A handsome bearer is Burak Ozcivit, a Turkish model and actor best known for his role in the hit drama series Kara Sevda or Endless Love. This striking name was ranked 40th in Turkey in 2020, so it’s very on-trend.

Mythological, Cool

Can

Can is a Turkish and Azerbaijani male name meaning “spirit, life, or heart.”

In Turkey, Can is pronounced similar to the English name John. The Turkish and Azerbaijani versions of the name are derived from the Persian word “jan,” meaning “soul.” The Circassians, however, use Can as a nickname for Janberk, alternatively spelled Canberk, meaning “strong warrior.”

Cool, Unique

Cavit

Cavit is a Turkish male name meaning “immortal.”

Alternatively spelled Javit, Cavit is derived from the Persian name Javid, meaning “long-lasting” or “eternal.” Famous Cavit’s include Ottoman military officer Erdel and Turkish Olympic cyclist Cav.

Cute

Cem

Cem is a Turkish name for boys meaning “twin.”

It is the Turkish version of the Persian name Jam, a shortened form of Jamshed or Jamshid. Cem could be an attractive option if you have two babies growing in your belly or if your newborn son looks so much like you or your spouse, he could be your twin! A notable bearer is 15th-century Prince Cem, who unsuccessfully competed with his brother, Prince Bayezid, to become Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

Cool

Cemil

Cemil is a Turkish name for boys meaning “handsome.”

Cemil is an adorable name with a sweet meaning, making it a high-ranking choice on our list! It’s the Turkish version of the Arabic name Jamil. There’s also a Gamil variation in Egypt and Djemil in North Africa. If you’re pregnant with boy-girl twins, try pairing Cemil with its feminine equivalent Cemile for an adorable match-up!

Cool, Cute

Cetin

Cetin is a Turkish name for males meaning “hard, rough.”

Cetin is an old-school name in Turkey, where it hasn’t made the charts since the early 1980s. Most famous bearers were born in the 30s and 40s, including Turkish popstar Cetin Alp and director Cetin Inanc, best known for his low-budget space film Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam, dubbed the “Turkish Star Wars.”

Old-fashioned

Cinar

Cinar means “plane tree” in Turkish.

Cinar, pronounced chih-NAHR, is very popular in Turkey, ranked #19 in 2020. Traditionally it’s spelled with the Turkish dotless “i.”

Cinar is derived from the Persian word “chenar,” meaning “plane tree.” In Turkish culture, plane trees symbolize greatness and power and would be planted in their conquered territories to signify their sovereignty.

Natural

Davut

Davut is a Turkish name for boys meaning “beloved friend.”

Davut is the Turkish version of the Hebrew name David. David is a prominent biblical figure who started as a lowly shepherd before eventually slaying the Philistine giant Goliath and becoming the king of Israel. Other forms of this name include the Arabic Daud and the Persian Davud and Davoud.

Biblical, Classic
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Deniz

Deniz is a Turkish name meaning “sea.”

A perfect pick for ocean lovers, Deniz is likely derived from the Mongolian name Chinggis, meaning “a flat surface stretching to the horizon.” In Turkish, the “ch” was converted to a “t,” producing Tengiz, the origin for Deniz. This modern name is often erroneously linked with the German Dennis, despite having different roots. Deniz was a high-ranking pick in Turkey in 2020, ranked 31st out of 100 names.

Modern, Natural

Dervis

Dervis is a Turkish and Bosnian name meaning “beggar.”

It is a variation of the Arabic Darwis and the English Dervish. The name was first used in the 12th-century to refer to Muslim Sufi- known as holy men who vowed to live in poverty. Dervish’s were also known for their wild ritual dances, which is where we get the idiom “whirling dervish.” Currently, Dervis isn’t ranked in Turkey or the U.S., making it a rare choice across the board.

Religious, Unique

Devrim

Devrim is a Turkish name for boys meaning “revolution.”

Pronounced deh-vrim, Devrim is an uncommon first name for Turkish boys. This may be because it was the title of the first automobile designed and produced in Turkey. So, it would be like an American naming their son after a Dodge Durango or Ford Ranger! Still, Devrim’s cool sound and powerful meaning give it great name potential. In the U.S., it could be a fresh alternative for timeworn Devin.

Cool, Modern

Doruk

Doruk means “peak” or “mountaintop” in Turkish.

Pronounced DAW-ruk, Doruk first hit the Turkish charts in 2009, steadily climbing in popularity until 2018 and ranking #43 in Turkey in 2020. Outside of its home country, Doruk hasn’t received much notice. It could be an excellent choice for nature lovers or an unconventional alternative for Derek.

Modern, Cool

Efe

Efe is an adorable option among our Turkish male names, meaning “older brother.”

An excellent name for an older sibling, Efe, pronounced EH-fee, is a trendy choice in Turkey. Its popularity increased by 20 points from 2019 to 2020, moving from 78th to 58th in just one year. We expect its popularity will continue to rise in years to come!

Efe is also a variation of the Nigerian name Efetobore meaning “achieving wealth,” and a shortened form of the Greek Euphemia, meaning “well-spoken.”

Cute, Modern

Egemen

A powerful choice within our Turkish male names, Egemen means “the dominant one.”

Egemen is a surname and given name in Turkey, borrowed from the Greek word “igemonas,” meaning “sovereign” or “prince.” Egemen could be the perfect name for a leader in the making. Influential Egemen’s for your son to look up to include former Ambassador of Turkey Bagis, world-renowned fitness expert Ertugrul, and MVP basketball player Guven.

Strong

Emin

Emin is a Turkish, Bosnian, and Azerbaijani name meaning “devoted” or “honest.”

It is a variation of the Arabic name Amin, alternatively spelled Amine, Ameen, or Amien.

An Emin was a Turkish officer in the Ottoman Empire who managed revenue and collected duties on goods exported by foreigners. Emin is a common name in Turkey with several prominent namesakes, including American-Albanian fashion photographer Emin Kadi and NATO official Emin Cihangir Aksit.

Common, Cute

Emirhan

Emirhan is a Turkish name for boys meaning “princely ruler.”

Pronounced eh-meer-HAN, Emirhan is a sophisticated name derived from “amir,” meaning “prince” and “han,” meaning “ruler” or “khan.” In 2020, it was ranked the 35th most popular boy’s name in Turkey. Emirhan could be an apt choice for your little prince (as long as the power doesn’t go to his head).

Popular

Emre

Emre is a Turkish boy’s name meaning “friend.”

This charming name is pronounced just as it’s spelled, making it an unconventional alternative for similar Emery or Emory. Famous bearers include chess grandmaster Emre Can and award-winning film director Emre Sahin. Emre’s adorable meaning and pleasant sound give it the potential to expand well beyond Turkey’s borders.

Cute, Popular

Enes

Enes is a Turkish, Bosnian, and Arabic boy’s name with two possible meanings: “human” or “close friend.”

Enes may derive from the Turkish word “insan,” meaning “human being,” which in turn comes from “nasiya,” meaning “to forget.” Essentially, “insan” is a symbolic word referring to how humans often lose their way in life but can always find their way back if they recognize their mistakes.

Enes is also the Turkish and Bosnian version of the Arabic name Anis, meaning “genial” or “close friend.” An alternative spelling is Enis.

Friendly
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Ensar

A charming selection among our Turkish male names, Ensar means “helper.”

A perfect name for a little boy who is always willing to lend a helping hand, Ensar is the Turkish version of the Arabic name Ansar. Ensar was initially a term for the inhabitants of Medina who allowed Muhammad and his followers to live in their homes after they emigrated from Mecca.

Modern-day bearers include Kurdish-German rapper Ensar Albayrak, better known as Eno, and Bosnian soccer player Ensar Arifovic.

Religious, Friendly

Enver

Enver is a Turkish, Albanian, Bosnian, and Crimean Tatar name meaning “luminous.”

Enver is a variation of the Arabic name Anwar, which is how it’s pronounced, used as both a first and last name. Famous bearers include Turkish actress Asli Enver, Turkish doctor and professor Enver Duran, and Tatar writer Enver Galim, best known for translating the Bible into the Tatar language.

Cool, Sophisticated

Erdem

Erdem is a popular choice among our Turkish names for boys, meaning “virtue, merit or knowledge.”

Pronounced aer-dem, Erdem first came about during the high middle ages in the 11th-century. This ancient name has many modern bearers, including fashion-designer Erdem Moralioglu and Turkish film music composer Erdem Helvacioglu. As of 2020, it was the 84th most popular name for boys in Turkey, making it an on-trend selection for your little man!

Powerful

Eren

A holy choice among our Turkish names for boys, Eren means “saint.”

Currently ranked in the top 50 Turkish names for boys, Eren is a cool name with worldwide potential. It’s already received some notice in England and Wales ranked among the top 1000 boy names in 2020. In the U.S., Eren is still undiscovered, making it the perfect alternative for similar-sounding Aaron, Aron, and Erin.

Cute, Ancient

Erhan

Erhan means “manly leader” in Turkish.

It is derived from “er” meaning “man” and “han,” which comes from the title khan, meaning “ruler” or “leader.” Erhan was a top 50 choice in Turkey throughout the 1980s. However, its popularity plummeted in the 90s and hasn’t made its way back since. Still, Erhan is strong and refined, making it a fantastic choice for your little leader in the making!

Old-fashioned

Ertuğrul

Ertugrul is a mythical pick within our Turkish boy names, meaning “ brave man” and “ bird of prey.”

The name is composed of “er,” meaning “brave man” and “tuğrul,” a reference to a mythological falcon or eagle that serves as a protector spirit in old myths. The “ğ” is silent in Turkish, so it’s pronounced as er-tu-rel. The most notable bearer was the father of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

Mythological

Esin

Esin is a Turkish name with two possible meanings: “inspiration” or “morning breeze.”

It is derived from the Turkish root word “es,” which means “to blow” or “to come into one’s mind.” Esin is also a Yoruba word (spoken primarily in Benin and Nigeria), meaning “religion,” often referring to Islam. This short and sweet name is given to both boys and girls, so it could be a great choice if you’re searching for something gender-neutral.

Cute, Friendly

Eyman

Eyman is a popular choice among our Turkish boy names meaning “righteous.”

Eymen is derived from the Arabic root word for “right,” meaning “righteous,” “right-handed,” or “blessed one.” While Eyman is the most common spelling in Turkey, Aiman, Aimen, and Aymen are more prevalent in Arabic-speaking countries. This charming name is very trendy among the Turks, ranked #3 in 2020.

Popular

Faruk

Faruk is an Arabic and Turkish name meaning “the discriminator.”

Faruk, also spelled Farouk, Faruqi, Farook, Farooq, or Farouq, is the Turkish version of the Arabic Faruq. It is derived from Al-Farooq, a title given to those who discriminate between good and evil. Muhammad gave this title to Umar ibn al-Khattab, an initial opponent of Islam who converted after reading the Quran. Al-Farooq became one of Muhammud’s most loyal companions, carrying on the faith even after the prophet’s death.

Powerful

Fatih

Fatih is a Turkish name for males meaning “conqueror.”

Pronounced FAT-hee, Fatih is derived from the Arabic name Fathi, a title given to Mehmed II, an Ottoman sultan known for his intelligence and decisive military leadership. Fatih’s unusual spelling and pronunciation may prevent it from making a mark in English-speaking countries. Fatih is a major player in Turkey and Bosnia, ranked in both countries’ top 100.

Strong, Common
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Ferman

Ferman is a Turkish and German name meaning “edict” or “ferryman.”

In Turkey, Ferman is a first name derived from the Turkish word for “edict,” an announcement of a law, also borrowed from the Persian names Farmaan or Fermann. In Germany, Ferman is a variation of the surname Fehrmann, meaning “ferryman.”

Across the pond in the U.S., Ferman is almost exclusively a last name. As surnames are becoming more popular as first names, such as Graham, Sawyer, and Hudson making the top 200 in 2020, Ferman could easily join in the trend.

Worldly, Unique

Feyzi

Feyzi is a Turkish name meaning “graceful.”

A fantastic choice for your refined little gentlemen in the making, Feyzi is derived from the Persian word “fayz,” meaning “grace.” It’s relatively uncommon, with only a few notable bearers, including Ottoman Empire general Feyzi Menguc and Turkish ice hockey player Feyzi Ahsen Bore.

Sophisticated

Furkan

Furkan is a Turkish male name meaning “criterion” or “evidence.”

Pronounced foor-KAN, Furkan is the Turkish version of the Arabic Furqan. Al-Furqan, or “The Criterion,” is the name of the 25th chapter in the Quran. It references how the Quran is the “criteria” for knowing right and wrong. This virtuous name is a top pick in Turkey, ranked #36 in 2020.

Strong

Galip

Galip is a Turkish masculine name meaning “to defeat” or “victor.”

Pronounced GHA-leeb, Galip is the Turkish spelling of the Arabic name Ghalib. A natural association is with the Galip nut, a type of tree native to Oceania. It has large leaves and fruit, used as a source for food, timber, and shade.

Unusual

Hakan

Hakan is a regal option among our Turkish male names, meaning “ruler” or “king of kings.”

It’s a variation of the old Turkish and Mongolian Khagan, a title used for an emperor. In other parts of the world, the alternative spellings Khakan and Khaqan are also used. Hakan was a popular selection in Turkey during the 60s, 70s, and 80s, with namesakes like former Olympic swimmer Hakan Kiper and Turkish pop singer Hakan Peker. Hakan is also a common name in Sweden, derived from the Old Norse Hakon, meaning “high son.”

Old-fashioned

Halil

Halil is a charming choice among our Turkish male names, meaning “friend.”

Pronounced hah-LEEL, Halil is the Turkish form of the Arabic name Khalil and its variant Khaleel, meaning “friend.” It was ranked as the 82nd most popular name for Turkish boys in 2020, followed closely by Halil Ibrahim, meaning “friend of Abraham,” ranked 87th. Halil belongs to some well-known people, including Ottoman Empire Army colonel Sami Bey, Turkish historian Berktay, and Olympic wrestler Kaya.

Friendly, Cute

Hamza

Hamza is an Arabic name meaning “lion,” “strong,” or “steadfast.”

Although Hamza doesn’t have Turkish roots, it ranked a high of #9 in Turkey in 2020. A legendary Hamza was one of Prophet Muhammad’s uncles. He was a talented wrestler, archer, and warrior admired for his courage in battle. Common variations include Humza, Hamzah, Hamzeh, and Hamsah.

Powerful

Hasim

Hasim is a Turkish name for boys meaning “crusher” or “breaker.”

Pronounced HA-seem, Hasim is the Turkish form of the Arabic name Hashim. This was the nickname for Prophet Muhammad’s great grandfather, known for breaking bread and crumbling it in broth, then giving it to the pilgrims in Mecca. Other spellings include Hachem, Hashem, and Hasyim.

Religious, Common

Ihsan

Ihsan is an Arabic and Turkish name meaning “perfection” or “excellence.”

Ihsan is derived from the Arabic “husn,” meaning “beauty.” In Islam, Ihsan describes how Muslims should always strive to achieve excellence in everything they do as if Allah was standing right in front of them. Ihsan and its alternative Ehsan are also used in Persian, Urdu, and Kurdish.

Religious, Unique

Ismail

Ismail is an Arabic name meaning “heard by God.”

In the Bible, Ismail was the firstborn son of Abraham and his wife Sarah’s maidservant, Hagar. Ismail is a crucial figure to Muslims, recognized as the founder of several Arab tribes and an ancestor of the Prophet Muhammud.

This biblical name is a popular choice for boys in Turkey, ranked #47 in 2020. The Hebrew Ishmael is more common in the U.S.

Religious, Strong
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Kaan

Kaan is a Turkish name meaning “ruler” or “king of kings.”

A powerful choice among our Turkish male names, Kann, like Hakan, is derived from Khagan, an old Turkic and Mongolian title for an emperor. This regal baby name is popular in Western Asia, especially in Turkey and Cyprus. Well-known bearers include Turkish rockstar Kann Tangoze and pro soccer player Kann Ayhan.

Cool

Kadir

Kadir is a Turkish name meaning “powerful” or “almighty.”

Pronounced KA-deer, Kadir is the Turkish form of Qadir, one of 99 names for Allah in Islam. Alternative spellings include Ghader, Kader, Qader, or Quadir.

Sophisticated, Religious

Kahraman

Kahraman is a Turkish boy’s name meaning “hero” or “amber.”

Pronounced kah-rah-mahn, Kahraman is borrowed from the Persian “qahraman,” meaning “hero,” and is primarily used as a last name. It’s also the Turkish rendering of an Arabic word meaning “amber.” The only notable first-name bearer is businessman Kahraman Sadikoglu, one of the richest men in Turkey.

Strong

Kemal

Kemal is a Turkish name for men meaning “perfection” or “fullness.”

It is the Turkish equivalent of the Arabic name Kamal. Kemal’s meaning is more profound than meets the eye, representing someone with perfect morals and ethics. It’s sometimes used as a diminutive of the longer name Kamal ad-Din, meaning “perfection of the religion.” Kemal is also a Sanskrit name from Pakistan, meaning “lotus” or “pale red.”

Cool

Kerem

Kerem is a Turkish name for men meaning “noble,” “generous,” or “vineyard.”

Pronounced ka-REEM, Kerem is the Turkish variation of the Arabic name Karim. It is one of 99 titles for Allah, used twice in the Quran. The phonetic spelling Kareem first made the U.S. charts in 1972 when basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was making waves. It’s been popular ever since, ranked #638 in 2020.

Popular, Cool

Kuzey

Kuzey is a Turkish name for males meaning “north.”

Pronounced KOO-zay, Kuzey is very hot in Turkey, ranked #25 in 2020. Kuzey Guney is a popular Turkish TV show starring actor Kivanc Tatlitug. He plays a rebellious son of an Istanbul baker released from prison after serving four years for his brother’s crime. In the U.S., Kuzey could be an exotic alternative to the 90s favorites, Casey and Cody.

Popular

Levent

Levent is a Turkish name for boys derived from Levend.

In the Ottoman Empire, levends were hired soldiers, not a part of official military organizations. This warrior-related term is now used as a name for males, referring to someone who is “handsome,” “tall,” or “roguish” in modern Turkey. Prominent bearers include Turkish comedian and actor Levent Kirca and musician Levent Coker.

Old-fashioned, Strong

Mahir

Mahir is an Arabic and Turkish name for boys meaning “skillful” or “talented.”

Pronounced maa-her, Mahir is a common choice in Turkey, placed 76th in 2020. It is traditionally spelled with a dotted “i,” a distinctive letter in the Turkish alphabet. A prominent bearer is Egyptian theater director, playwright, and cartoonist Maher Sabry.

Cool

Mehmet

Mehmet is a popular choice among our Turkish boy names, meaning “praise.”

Mehmet is the most common variation of the Arabic name Muhammud, the prophet of Islam. Mehmet was the 13th most popular name for Turkish boys in 2020, ranked just above Muhammed Ali and Muhammed, placed 14th and 15th, respectively. Mehmet is also popular in territories previously ruled by the Ottoman Empire, including Albania, Bosnia, and Kosovo.

Religious, Popular

Mert

A macho choice among our Turkish names for boys, Mert means “manly” or “brave.”

It’s derived from the Persian “mard,” meaning “man.” Mert is pretty trendy in Turkey, ranked #27 in 2020. However, its similarity to old-fashioned name Bert may prevent it from flourishing in the States. Turkish bearers are plentiful, including fashion photographer Mert Alas, award-winning model Mert Ocal, and electronic music producer Mert Yucel.

Popular
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Mete

Mete is a Turkish name for men meaning “hero.”

The Turkish version of the Middle Chinese name Modu, is derived from the old Turkic “bagatur” meaning “hero” or “warrior.” The initial bearer was Modu Chanyu, the 3rd-century founder of the Xiongnu Empire in Mongolia. The longer Metehan, meaning “hero ruler,” is favored in Turkey, ranked #21 compared to Mete’s #96.

Cool

Mirac

Mirac is a Turkish male name meaning “ascent.”

Pronounced meer-uch, Mirac is a variation of the Arabic Miraj. It’s the second most popular boy’s name in Turkey, just behind Yusef.

Mirac, also called the Al-Mi’raj, refers to Muhammud’s ascension into heaven. During the Mirac, Muhammud’s heart was purified by archangels while sleeping, then carried by a mythical winged creature called a Buraq to Jerusalem before ascending to heaven on a staircase.

Powerful, Religious

Miran

Miran is a Turkish and Kurdish name meaning “prince.”

It’s derived from the Kurdish word “mirza,” meaning “prince,” which is the name of a powerful Kurdish tribe that dominated the other confederations after the fall of the Cizre Botan. Miran is also a Slovene name derived from “miru,” meaning “peace” or “world.” This regal name is a big hit in Turkey, placed 20th in 2020.

Sophisticated

Murat

Murat is a Turkish name for boys meaning “wished-for.”

Is your son a wish come true? Then, you should consider naming him Murat! Murat is the Turkish form of the Arabic name Murad. Both spellings of the name are common throughout the Middle East and Asia, especially in Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bengal, and Iran.

Cute

Musa

Musa is a Turkish, Arabic, and Persian name meaning “to draw out (of water).”

Pronounced MOO-sa, Musa is a variation of the Hebrew name Moses. Moses is a significant figure in the Bible and Torah who led the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. This biblical name is prevalent in Turkey, ranked #90 in 2020.

Biblical

Mustafa

Mustafa is a religious choice among our Turkish male names, meaning “the chosen one.”

Another title for the Prophet Muhammud, Mustafa is a common baby name throughout the Muslim world. A regal bearer was Mustafa I, otherwise known as Mustafa the Saint or Mustafa the Mad. He was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1617 to 1618 and again from 1622 to 1623. Alternative spellings include Mostafa, Mostapha, Moustafa, Moustapha, and Mustafi.

Common

Omer Asaf

Omer Asaf is a Turkish boy’s name meaning “flourishing collector.”

Pronounced as oh-mer ah-sahf, Omer Asaf is rated higher than its constituents, ranked #4 for Turkish boys in 2020. Omer is a close second, placing 5th, while Asaf has a lot of catching up to do, placing 78th the same year. Double barrel names haven’t caught on in the U.S., so Omer Asaf will likely remain on the backburner.

Popular

Orhan

Orhan is a mighty selection within our Turkish names for boys, meaning “great leader.”

Orhan is pronounced the way it’s spelled. This attractive boy’s name has powerful bearers, including the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Orhan Ghazi. Modern-day Orhan’s are just as impressive, including Nobel Prize winner and Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk and Turkish-American theoretical physicist Asim Orhan Barut. An alternative spelling includes Orkhan.

Cool, Strong

Osman

Osman is a Turkish, Kurdish, Egyptian, African, Pakistani, Bosnian, and Albanian name meaning “wise” or “intuitive.”

Also spelled Usman, Osman is another form of the male Arabic name Uthman. Osman is also an English surname that arose during the Norman Conquest of 1066. It’s derived from the Old-English Osmaer, with “oss” meaning “God” and “maer” meaning “fame,” altogether “God-fame.”

This worldly name is ranked #51 in Turkey but has never made the charts in the States. If your son is Turkish-American, Osman could be a fresh alternative for similar-sounding Damian, Desmond, and Truman.

Strong, Worldly

Ozan

Ozan is a Turkish male name meaning “poet-singer.”

An excellent choice for a performer in the making, Ozan has a lot of star potential, with famous bearers like composer Colakoglu, actor Guven, and critically-acclaimed pianist Marsh. It’s charming yet exotic, making it the perfect 21st-century pick.

Cool, Sophisticated
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Ozgur

A bold choice among our Turkish boy names, Ozgur means “independent.”

Ozgur could be a great name to encourage your son to think outside the box! It is derived from the word Ozgurluk, a philosophical term describing a state of thinking or acting independently of external influences. It’s traditionally written with umlauts over the “o” and “u,” but can be anglicized as Ozgur.

Strong

Poyraz

Poyraz is a Turkish name for men meaning “northeasterly wind.”

It’s derived from the Greek “boreas,” meaning “north” or “north wind.” Poyraz is a first and last name as well as the title of a small town in Elazig Province, Turkey. This nature-inspired choice is quite popular among the Turks, rated #31 in 2020. A fictional television series namesake is Poyraz Karayel, an ex-cop who goes undercover to unearth Istanbul’s most prominent mafia organization.

Natural, Cool

Ramazan

Ramazan is a Turkish, Azerbaijani, Avar, Kazakh, and Circassian name.

It’s a variation of the Arabic Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims fast for 30 days and devote themselves to salat (prayer) and recitations of the Quran.

Ramazan was a top 20 name in Turkey from the 1980s through the early 2000s. However, its popularity has slowly declined, ranked 86th in 2020. Nonetheless, Ramazan could still be a meaningful selection, especially for practicing Muslims.

Religious

Salih

Salih is an Arabic name for men meaning “pious.”

Pronounced SA-leeh, Salih, and its alternative Saleh are common in Turkey, ranked #89 in 2020. Salih is also prevalent in Bosnia, derived from the surname Salihovic, meaning “son of Salih.” In the Quran, Salih was an ancient prophet who prophesied to the tribe of Thamud before Prophet Muhammad.

Common

Selim

Selim is the Turkish form of the Arabic Salim, meaning “secure” or “healthy.”

This pleasant-sounding name belonged to Selim I, an Ottoman sultan from 1512 to 1520 who extended the empire to Syria, Egypt, and the Hejaz. Alternative spellings are Saleem and Salem, not to be confused with the Jewish Salem meaning “peace.” Double-barrelled Yavuz Selim is favored in Turkey, ranked #45 compared to Selim’s #67.

Friendly

Suleyman

Suleyman is a biblical choice among our Turkish boy names, meaning “man of peace.”

Pronounced suy-lay-MAN, Suleyman is the Turkish form of the Hebrew Solomon, derived from “shalom,” meaning “peace.” In the Old Testament, Solomon was the son of David, revered for his wealth and wisdom. Solomon is also important in Islam, recognized as a prophet of God who could speak to animals and mythical creatures called jinn. Suleyman is relatively common in Turkey, ranked #93 in 2020.

Strong, Biblical

Talha

Talha is an Arabic and Turkish masculine name meaning “fruit tree.”

Talha, also spelled Talhah, is prominent throughout the Muslim world, ranked as the 68th most popular baby name for Turkish boys in 2020. It was the name of one of Prophet Muhammad’s most loyal companions, revered for saving the prophet from an arrow by putting his hand in its path.

Religious

Taner

Taner is a Turkish name for males meaning “born at dawn.”

Pronounced tan-aer, Taner is currently not ranked in Turkey’s top 100. In the U.S., it could be a more elegant alternative to the English Tanner, meaning “leather worker.” Famous Taner’s are not hard to find, including Turkish-German historian Altug Taner Akcam and Turkish actor and singer Taner Olmez.

Cool, Unique

Timur

Timur is a Turkish male name meaning “iron.”

Timur is a Turkic and Mongolic name derived from the Proto-Turkic “temur,” meaning “iron.” In Turkey, the modern word for iron is now “demir.” In Indonesia, Timur means “east” and symbolizes the hope of the rising sun. Alternative spellings include Temur, Temir, or Tomor.

Powerful

Umut

Umut is a Turkish name meaning “hope.”

Pronounced AH-miyt, Umut is derived from the Persian Omid, meaning “hope” or “virtue.” Umut was the name of an award-winning 1970 Turkish drama about a cab driver who traveled into the desert to search for a legendary lost treasure. Umut’s been a hit in Turkey ever since ranked #28 in 2020. However, its unusual spelling and pronunciation will likely prevent it and its alternatives, Umit and Umid, from breaking into the U.S. top 1000 anytime soon.

Unusual
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Uras

Uras is a Turkish name meaning “master” or “craftsmen.”

Uras is pretty new in Turkey, making the top 100 for the first time in 2020. While the exact origins are unclear, it’s likely derived from the Proto-Turkic “ur,” meaning “master of one’s craft.” Uras is also an ancient Sumerian name for the goddess of the earth.

Cool

Yagiz

Yagiz is an attractive choice for a baby with brown hair, meaning “chestnut-colored” in Turkish.

Prominent bearers include pro basketball player Yagiz Kaba, soccer midfielder Yagiz Goktug Tasbulak, and TV actor Yagiz Can Konyali, known for his role in Bizim Hikaye (the Turkish adaptation of Shameless). Yagiz first hit the scene in Turkey in 2008 and has been on the rise ever since, ranked #39 in 2020.

Cute

Yakup

Yakup is a Turkish name for men meaning “to follow.”

Yakup is the Turkish form of Jacob, a Hebrew name meaning “to be behind” or “to supplant.” In the Bible, Jacob is a Hebrew patriarch and the grandson of Abraham. Yakup Abad is also a minor character in the Dune book series. This biblical name is currently ranked 55th for baby boys in Turkey. Jacob is more prevalent in the States, placed 15th in 2020.

Biblical, Classic

Yamac

Yamac is an outdoorsy name meaning “mountainside” in Turkish.

It’s traditionally written with acedilla under the “ç” but can be anglicized as Yamac. The most notable bearer is the fictional TV character Yamac Kocovali from the Turkish TV show Cukur. Yamac is also the name of a mountain village in the Soke district of Turkey, located 5100 feet above sea level.

Natural

Yaman

Yaman is a Turkish male name meaning “intelligent” or “efficient.”

Yaman is used as a surname and first name, with namesakes like Turkish actor Yaman Okay and football coach Fuat Yaman. It’s a top 100 pick in Turkey, ranked #71 in 2020.

Popular

Yasin

Yasin is an Arabic and Turkish name.

Pronounced ya-SEEN, Yasin is traditionally written with the Turkish dotted “i.” This unisex name has many variations, including Yassin, Yaseni, Yassine, Yaseen, or Jasin, so pick whichever strikes your fancy! It’s derived from the 36th chapter of the Quran called the surah Ya-Sin. Yasin is also a byname for the Prophet Muhammud.

Religious

Yigit

Yigit is a courageous choice among our Turkish baby names, meaning “a person of exceptional bravery and strength.”

Pronounced yee-it, Yigit is a cool name with a cooler meaning. The Turkish seem to agree, ranking Yigit as the 24th most popular boy’s name in 2020. It’s used as a first and last name, with brave bearers like Ottoman military officer Pasha Yigit Bey and former commander of the Turkish navy Esref Ugur Yigit.

Strong

Yunus Emre

Yunus Emre is a Turkish boy’s name meaning “friendly dove.”

Yunus Emre references an influential 13th and 14th-century Turkish poet. He significantly impacted Turkish culture as one of the first poets to write in the native language instead of Arabic or Persian. Today, many parents in Turkey name their sons Yunus Emre in honor of this influential figure. In 2020, it was the 22nd most popular name in the country.

Popular

Yusuf

A popular selection among our Turkish boy names, Yusuf means “God increases.”

It’s the Arabic, Urdu, Aramaic, Turkish, and Persian equivalent of the Hebrew Yosef and English Joseph. In the Middle East, Yusuf is used by Muslims, Jews, and Christians, making it a popular pick across the board. In Turkey, it’s been the #1 pick since 2005. We predict this classic name will continue to top the charts for years to come!

Popular, Religious

Zeki

An attractive choice among our Turkish names for boys, Zeki means “clever, intelligent.”

Zeki is derived from the Arabic “dhakiy,” meaning “sharp mind.” It’s almost exclusively used in Turkey, with bearers like film director Zeki Demirkubuz and classical composer Zeki Muren. Other “z” names like Zion, Zane, and Zeke are super hot in the U.S., making Zeki a total shoo-in.

Cool
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Turkish Name FAQs

What are Common Turkish Names?

The most common Turkish male name is Mehmet, with approximately 2,737,031 bearers in 2020. Other regularly used names are Ahmet, Ali, Mustafa, and Huseyin.

What is the Most Popular Male Name In Turkey?

The most popular Turkish names for boys in 2020 were Yusuf, Mirac, and Eymen, ranked 1, 2, and 3. Other trendy selections were Omer Asaf, Kerem, Alparslan, Mustafa, Hamza, and Ali Asaf.

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Chelsea Nelthropp previously worked with special needs children before transitioning to her current passion, freelance writing. She's written on a plethora of topics and enjoys the diversity of her work. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys hiking, creating artwork, reading about true crime, and spending time with her husband and their adorable French Bulldog, Stella.
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