Want your child’s name to be a fusion of two cultures? How about going for a Turkish name? Turkish names have European and Asian influences, quite like we see in the culture and architecture of the country.
Every Turkish child is given one or in some cases, two first names. Most of the names are gender specific, but if parents want, they can select a unisex name as well. The first names are often derived from Turkish words that hold specific meanings. With the introduction of Surname Law in 1934, all the citizens of Turkey were required to adopt an official surname. Married women can carry both their maiden and their spouse’s surname.
In earlier times, most Turkish names were patronymics, which means that the baby was given the first name or forename of the father. Turkish people used the Arabic words, ‘bin’, which means ‘son of’ or ‘bint’, which means ‘daughter of’ with the given names. For instance, if a child was named Ahmed and his father’s name was Mohammed, he would have been called Ahmed bin Mohammed.
Browse through MomJunction's collection of Turkish baby names with meanings. In order to make your search a bit simpler, we’ve classified the name according to the gender.
|Safiye||A genuine person||Girl|
|Sevket||Turkish form of Shawkat, meaning power and dignity||Boy|
|Shahinaz||A beloved, beutiful girl||Girl|
|Shakirat||An appreciative person||Unisex|
|Sibel||A Turkish name meaning a Prophetess or an Oracle||Girl|
|Sibeli||A variation of Sibel, means a Prophetess||Girl|
|Silaah||To be reunited||Girl|
|Soner||He who is the last man||Boy|
|Songl||The last rose||Girl|
|Suleyman||He who is man of pece||Boy|
|Sumeyye||She who is high above others||Girl|
|Tabib||Doctor, someone who cures the sick||Boy|
|Tamraz||A strong dog.||Boy|
|Tanju||He who is blessed by Allah||Boy|
|Tansu||Water of the dawn||Unisex|
|Tarkan||He who is bold and strong||Boy|
|Toulin||A circular band of light around moon||Girl|
|Truong||Refers to college or meadow.||Boy|
|Tubba||Pure and diligent human being; a tree from heaven||Girl|
|Tuncay||Refers to a moon which made by bronze or moon reflects in bronze color.||Boy|
|Yusef||A form of Joseph. It means God will increase.||Boy|
|Yusuf||God increases in piety, power and influence||Boy|
|Zeki||One who is clever and intelligent.||Boy|
|Zel||Private or special.||Girl|
|Zeynep||Precious rock, Precious gem, A father's precious gem||Girl|
|Zhumabek||Minister in charge on Fridays||Boy|