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OTHER SCRIPTS: বেগম (Bengali), بیگم (Kashmiri, Urdu, Shahmukhi), बेगम (Hindi)
OTHER FORMS: Begam (Hindi, Urdu), Begüm (Turkish)
Meaning & History
From the Persian title بیگم (beygom) meaning "lady, madam", traditionally used as a royal title for Muslim females in Central and South Asia. It is the feminine equivalent of the Ottoman Turkish title بك (beg).