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OTHER SCRIPTS: Ağa (Turkish),
PRONOUNCED: AGA, AHA
OTHER FORMS: Aga
CONTRIBUTOR: Hassan Agha on 1/30/2013
Meaning & History
Means "chief, master, lord" in Turkish. From the Turkish ağa 'chief, master, lord', from the Old Turkish aqa 'elder brother'. Traditionally it was a title for a civilian or military officer, or often part of such title, and was placed after the name of certain military functionaries in the Ottoman Empire. At the same time some court functionaries were entitled to the agha title.