Turkish Names for Boys

February 27, 2022

Welcome to our list of the 50 most popular Turkish names for boys. Each name has a short explanation of its meaning along with a cool fact about the name. 

This list is perfect for:

  • Parents looking for a Turkish name for their baby
  • People who want to change their name via deed poll 
  • People who want to find out which are the most popular Turkish names

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So without further interruption here is the list of the 50 most popular Turkish names for boys.

Turkish Names for Boys

  • Baris: Baris pertains to "peace".
  • Cafer: This is a version of 'Jafar'.
  • Deniz: The meaning of this unisex name is "sea".
  • Ediz: Ediz is a Turkish word for "high".
  • Ekin: A unisex name, Ekin translates to "harvest" or "culture".
  • Emre: The meaning of Emre is unclear, but it could be "brother", "friend", or "poet".
  • Eser: This beautiful unisex name pertains to "achievement".
  • Göker: Defined as "man of the sky".
  • Gökhan: The 'khan' in this name stands for "leader", and Gökhan means "leader of the sky".
  • Ilker: Similarly, Ilker denotes being a "first man", an excellent name choice for your first-born son.
  • Kıvanç: This expresses "pride" and "joy".
  • Koray: Koray translates to "ember moon".
  • Nazar: In Turkish, Nazar symbolizes the "eye stone" that keeps evil forces and spirits away.
  • Oğuzhan: This name is perfect for families that have an appreciation for Turkish history and traditions. Oğuzhan means "leader" and "ruler", and its origins are traced back to a society in ancient Turkey that was called 'Oğuz'.
  • Okan: Meaning "archer".
  • Onur: This represents "honor"
  • Oz: An eloquent name, Oz is a Turkish word that refers to a "bard" or "poet".
  • Ozgur: This unisex name signifies that your son is "free".
  • Semih: Naming your baby boy Semih expresses that they are a "generous" person.
  • Temel: A simple and, at the same time, deeply-illustrative name, Temel is defined as "basic" and "fundamental".
  • Tolga: In Turkish, Tolga translates to "helmet".
  • Uğur: Uğur conveys that your son is a "good omen".
  • Umut: This name is suitable for both boys and girls. It means "hope".
  • Utku: Meaning "victory".
  • Yağmur: A Turkish word for "rain".
  • Yamaç: A befitting choice for outdoors enthusiasts, the meaning of Yamaç is "mountainside".
  • Yiğit: This name signifies that you have a "brave" baby boy.

Originally-Arabic Turkish Names for Boys

The geographic proximity between modern-day Turkey and the Arab world and their common religion (Islam) have allowed the two regions to influence each other throughout the centuries.

As a result, Turks regularly give their children Turkish forms of first names that have Arabic roots.

  • Abdülaziz: Abdülaziz is a version of the Arabic name 'Abdulaziz', where 'Abdul' means "the worshiper of" and 'Aziz' translates to "the dear and beloved one" (i.e. God).
  • Abdülhamit: In the same vein, this name expresses that your son is a devout worshiper of "the one who is benignant and praiseworthy" (a reference to God).
  • Abdülkerim: In Arabic, 'Karim' means "the kind one", and it is one of God's many names in Islam. 'Kerim' is its Turkish variation.
  • Adil: Meaning a fair and just person.
  • Ahmet: Ahmet (the Arabic equivalent of which is 'Ahmed') pertains to a "praiseworthy" individual.
  • Ali: Ali is one of the most popular names in the Islamic world, especially because it was held by the Prophet Mohammed's cousin.
  • Baha: Another word for "glory".
  • Bilal: This refers to something that's "wet" or "moist". Bilal was the first name of one of the Prophet's Mohammed's companions.
  • Cemal: Meaning "beauty".
  • Faruk: Faruk conveys that your son is a person who is capable of differentiating between right and wrong.
  • Halim: In Arabic, Halim translates to "patient" or "tolerant".
  • Harun: Although this name was initially prevalent among Arabs, Harun is the Arabic form of 'Aaron'. 
  • Kemal: Kemal represents being "wholesome". It also has historical gravity since the man who founded modern-day Turkey was named 'Mustafa Kemal Atatürk'.
  • Mahir: An Arabic word for "skilled".
  • Mehmet: Mehmet is the Turkish version of 'Mohammed'.
  • Mesud/Mesut: Meaning "lucky", Mesud and Mesut are variations of 'Masud'.
  • Nezih: In Arabic, 'Nazih' pertains to an "honest" and "virtuous" person. Nezih is the Turkish format of this name.
  • Recep: This is derived from 'Rajab', which is defined as "respect" in Arabic.
  • Şakir: Meaning "thankful".
  • Sami: Sami is a name that indicates that your baby boy is "elevated" and "supreme".
  • Sultan: This globally-common name has Arabic roots. It means "ruler".
  • Ümran: The Turkish version of 'Imran', an Arabic name.
  • Zeki: This refers to an "intelligent" child, and it comes from the Arabic term 'Zaki'.
  • Ziya: This name stems from the word 'Di'yaa', which pertains to a "light" or "glow".

Turkish Names for Boys Derived from Other Cultures

Lastly, but certainly not least, are the following Turkish first names that were influenced by Persian, Mongolian, Russian, and other regional languages:

  • Adem: As the name suggests, 'Adem' is the Turkish format of 'Adam'.
  • Bahadır: This name, meanwhile, is originally Persian. It is used to describe a person who is a "hero" or "warrior".
  • Cagatay: Cagatay was the name of the son of Genghis Khan, the aggressive and historically-renowned Mongolian conqueror.
  • Can: Can, which comes from the Persian word 'Jan', pertains to "life" or the "soul", in addition to being synonymous with "darling" and "sweetheart".
  • Danyal: This is the Turkish variation of the Anglicized Hebrew name 'Daniel'.
  • Emin: Emin is related to the Armenian term for "honest", and it combines Turkish, Bosnian, and Azerbaijani linguistic elements.
  • Emir: Emir is a hybrid Turkish and Bosnian name that goes back to the Arabic word for prince ('Amir').
  • Ilkin: In both Turkish and Azerbaijani, Ilkin indicates that someone is "first".
  • İlyas: İlyas is the Turkish equivalent of 'Elijah'.
  • Poyraz: This originally-Greek name translates to "north" in Turkish.
  • Ruşen: A unisex name, the meaning of Ruşen is "light" or "bright", and it can be traced back to the Persian, Indian, and Nepali languages.
  • Rüstem: Another Turkish name with Persian roots, Rüstem has two connotations: "Strong/brave" and "to grow".
  • Serdar: This a reference to a "chief" or "leader". Serdar is a Turkish name that blends Pashto, Persian, and Urdu linguistic components.
  • Talat: Talat is the Turkish and Urdu version of 'Tal'at', which represents the word "sight" in Arabic.
  • Timur: The original form of Timur is 'Temür', and it means "iron". Different variants of this name are used in Turkish, Chechen, Kazakh, Mongolian, Russian, Tartar, and Uzbek.
  • Ural: Ural pertains to the 'Ural Mountains', and it includes aspects from both the Turkish and Bashkir languages.
  • Yakup: This is the equivalent of 'Jacob'.

To give a conclusion in a few words, parents who have different linguistic, cultural, and historical preferences are all bound to find some great potential Turkish first-names for their baby boy in this list.

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