Turkish Submitted Surnames

Turkish names are used in the country of Turkey, which is situated in western Asia and southeastern Europe. Turkey is part of the larger Muslim world. See also about Turkish names.
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ACAR Turkish
Means "sturdy, hardy" or "bold, fearless" in Turkish.
Derived from Turkish açık meaning "open, opened" and göz "eye".
AGHA Turkish
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... [more]
AK Turkish
Means "white" in Turkish.
Means "white cloud" in Turkish.
AKÇAM Turkish
A surname of Turkish origin, ultimate from the words ak meaning "white" and çam meaning "pine tree".
AKDAĞ Turkish
Related to any one of several mountains in Turkey by the name of Akdağ, this surname literally derives its meaning from the words ak meaning "white" and dağ meaning "mountain" and probably denoted someone who lived in the proximity of such a mountain.
AKHAN Turkish
A combination of AK and HAN.... [more]
AKKAŞ Turkish
Means "white brow" from Old Turkic ak "white" and kaş "brow".
AKKAYA Turkish
Means "white rock" from Turkish ak meaning "white" and kaya "rock".
AKTAŞ Turkish
Means "white stone" from Turkish ak meaning "white" and taş meaning "stone, rock".
Means "white star" in Turkish.
AKYOL Turkish
Means "white path" or "honest path" from Old Turkic ak "white, honest" and yol "way, path".
Means "red flag" from Turkish al meaning "red" and bayrak "flag".
ALKAN Turkish (Latinized, Modern)
Means "General name of saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons" and "red(al) blood(kan)" in Turkish.
ALPTEKIN Turkish, Uyghur
From Turkish alp meaning "brave, hero" and the Old Turkish title tegin meaning "prince".
Means "very bright".
ARSLAN Turkish
Variant of ASLAN.
Means "son of ASAR".
AY Turkish
Means "moon" in Turkish.
AYDEN English, Scottish, Turkish
From a Scottish surname which was derived from Gaelic caol meaning "narrows, channel, strait".
Means "enlightened family" in Turkish.
BAGCI Turkish (Rare)
Bagci translated into English means vigneron, a vigneron is a person who cultivates grapes for winemaking. Originated in the 1920s in Turkey after the Balkan wars
BASKIR Turkish (Rare), South American (Rare)
Used by Jewish families that were running away from anti-semites. It's meaning is 'printer' or 'pressures are...'
BEGUM Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Kashmiri, Urdu, Punjabi, Turkish
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).
BERA Turkish, Arabic
Means "knowledgeable, smart, beautiful".
BEY Indian (Muslim), Assamese, Turkish, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the Ottoman Turkish title بك (beg) (modern Turkish bey) meaning "ruler, chief, lord, master".
Means son of a bey. “Bey” (Ottoman Turkish: بك‎ “Beik”, Albanian: bej, Bosnian: beg, Arabic: بيه‎ “Beyeh”, Persian: بیگ‎ “Beyg” or بگ “Beg”) is a Turkish title for chieftain, traditionally applied to the leaders or rulers of various sized areas in the Ottoman Empire... [more]
BILGIN Turkish
Means "scholar, learned, pundit" in Turkish.
BILICI Turkish
Means "visionary", "seer", "omniscient", "aware", "knowing" and derivated from "bil-" root which means "to know".
Means "grey wolf" from Turkish boz meaning "grey" and kurt meaning "wolf".
Means "son of Bubik".
BULUT Turkish
Means "cloud" in Turkish.
BURAK Turkish
From the given name BURAK
ÇAKIR Turkish
Means either "goshawk", "wine", or "greyish-blue" in Turkish.
ÇAKMAK Turkish
Means "lighter" in Turkish, referring to a tool used to ignite fire. This is also the name of a village in Antalya Province, Turkey.
Means "hard-working, diligent, assiduous" in Turkish.
CAN Turkish
Means "soul, life, being" in Turkish, ultimately of Persian origin.
CANAK Turkish
From the Turkish town of Çanakkale. Canak is the Anglicised form, which may or may not retain its Turkish pronunciation.
Means "iron soul", derived from Turkish can meaning "soul, spirit" combined with demir meaning "iron".
ÇEÇEN Turkish, Chechen (Expatriate)
Means "Chechen" in Turkish, mostly used by Chechens residing in Turkey.
ÇELIK Turkish
Means "steel" in Turkish.
CENGIZ Turkish
From the given name Cengiz.
ÇERKEZ Turkish
Means "Circassian" or "Adyghe" in Turkish, referring to an ethnic group native to the Caucasus.
ÇETIN Turkish
Means "hard, tough" in Turkish.
Means "hard rock" from Turkish çetin meaning "hard, tough" combined with kaya meaning "rock".
ÇEVIK Turkish
Means "nimble, agile, quick" in Turkish.
CEYLAN Turkish
Turkish surname meaning "gazelle" from Persian carān جران.
ÇIÇEK Turkish
Means "flower, blossom" in Turkish.
ÇIFTÇI Turkish
Means "farmer" in Turkish.
ÇINAR Turkish
Means "oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis)" in Turkish, of Persian origin. The oriental plane tree is widely revered throughout Central Asia.
ÇOBAN Turkish
Means "shepherd" in Turkish.
ÇOLAK Turkish
Means "one-armed, crippled" in Turkish.
DENIZ Turkish
Means "sea" in Turkish.
DOĞAN Turkish
Means "hawk, falcon" in Turkish.
DURMAZ Turkish
Derived from Turkish durmak meaning "to stop" or "to remain, to persist".
DURU Turkish
Duru means 'clean, limpid' in Turkish.
EKICI Turkish
Means "planter, farmer" in Turkish.
EKSI Turkish
Ekºi means "sour" in Turkish.
EMIR Turkish
Turkish cognate of AMIR.
ERDEM Turkish
From the given name ERDEM.
From the given name ERDOĞAN.
ERGIN Turkish
Means "mature, adult" in Turkish.
ERKAN Turkish
From Turkish er "brave man" and kan "blood".
EROĞLU Turkish
Means son of soldier.
Potentially from the given name ESEN, from esinti, "breeze; that which blows'.
Means ''son of EYÜP''.
GIRAY Turkish
From a form of the Mongolian title khan meaning "king, ruler". This was the name of the dynasty that ruled Crimea from 1427 to 1783.
GÖKÇE Turkish
Means "celestial, heavenly, sky" in Turkish.
Means "smiling face" in Turkish.
It comes from "Kül Tigin" (? - 575 AD) who was a general of the Second Turkic Kaganate (Göktürks' khaganate). He was a second son of Ilterish Shad and the younger brother of Bilge Kagan.
GÜNDÜZ Turkish
Means "daytime, day" in Turkish.
GÜNEŞ Turkish
Means "sun" or "sunny" in Turkish.
GÜNEY Turkish
Means "south, southern" in Turkish.
GÜRBÜZ Turkish
Means "robust, healthy" in Turkish.
GUREL Turkish
Dynamism is the meaning of the name.
GÜVEN Turkish
From the noun güven meaning "trust, confidence", perhaps designating a trustworthy character, or alternatively one who trusts in others readily.
HAZAR Turkish
Turkish / Muslim last name meaning "nightingale".
HOROZ Turkish
From the Turkish word horoz meaning "Rooster".
İNCE Turkish
Means "thin, slim" in Turkish.
IŞIK Turkish
Means "light" in Turkish.
KAAN Turkish
From the given name KAAN.
Means "hero" in Turkish, ultimately from Persian قهرمان (qahramân).
KAHYA Turkish
means butler in Turkish
KANAT Turkish
Name meaning "wing", hinting at the profession of one who sells poultry.
KAPLAN Jewish, Turkish
Means "tiger" in Turkish. This common Jewish surname has a spelling variation: Caplan. For an unknown reason, Jewish immigrants who passed through the port at Baltimore had their names changed to Caplan, while the Jewish immigrants who passed through Ellis Island retained the original K spelling.
KARACA Turkish
Means "roe deer" in Turkish.
Means larch.
Means "black sea" in Turkish.
From Turkish kara meaning "black, dark" combined with kaya "rock".
Means "merchant","someone who deals with transport"
KARASU Turkish
Means "black water" derived from Turkish kara meaning "black, dark" combined with su "water".
Yusuf is a name for men and Karayusuf means Dark Yusuf.
Means "spoonmaker" from Turkish kaşık meaning "spoon".
KAYA Turkish
Means "rock" in Turkish.
Derived from the Turkish word for “carefree, relaxed”.
KESKIN Turkish
Means "sharp, bitter" in Turkish.
KILIÇ Turkish
Means "sword" in Turkish.
KILIK Turkish
Means "appearance, attire, dress" in Turkish.
KILINÇ Turkish
Variant spelling of Kılıç.
KIRAL Turkish
Means "supreme leader" in Turkish
Means "unafraid, fearless" in Turkish.
KÖSE Turkish
Means ''beardless''.
KUNT Turkish
Means "Solid", also the old Turkish name of a mountain range in Asia where Turks supposedly originated from.
KURT Turkish
Means "wolf" in Turkish.
Means "son of the wolf" from Turkish kurt meaning "wolf".
KUŞ Turkish
Means "bird" in Turkish.
LEPSY Slavic (Rare), Turkish (Rare)
Possibly dating back to the Ottoman Empire's invasion of Europe, the original Turkic meaning is veiled in mystery, and possibly meant "one who comes from the edge of the lake." ... [more]
MUTLU Turkish
Means "happy, glad" in Turkish.
NALCI Turkish
Occupational surname denoting a horse-shoe maker, from the Turkish word nal meaning "horse-shoe" and the particle -cı a suffix appended to words to create a noun denoting a profession or occupation.
NUR Arabic, Bengali, Turkish
From the given name NUR.
ÖREN Turkish
Means "ruin" in Turkish.
ORUÇ Turkish
From Turkish oruç meaning ''fast, to abstain from food''.
From a Latin form (through French) of the Turkish given name OSMAN, itself from Arabic UTHMAN... [more]
ÖZALP Turkish
Comes from Özalp, Van, Turkey
ÖZCAN Turkish
Means "pure soul" in Turkish.
Özdemir literally means "pure iron" in Turkish, however means "one who is strong like his genealogy iron".
ÖZIL Turkish
Own land
ÖZKAN Turkish
Özkan means "pure blood" in Turkish.
ÖZTÜRK Turkish
From the given name ÖZTÜRK.
PASHA Albanian, Ottoman Turkish (Anglicized), Turkish (Anglicized)
Pasha or pascha (Ottoman Turkish: پاشا‎, Turkish: paşa), formerly anglicized as bashaw, was a higher rank in the Ottoman Empire political and military system, typically granted to governors, generals and dignitaries and others... [more]
Means "wrestler" or "strongman" in Turkish, referring to a yağlı güreş wrestler (a traditional Turkish oil wrestling sport), ultimately of Persian origin.
POLAT Turkish
Means "steel" in Persian. Many Turkish Oghuz descendants are using this surname.
SAĞLAM Turkish
Means "firm, hard, strong" in Turkish.
ŞAHIN Turkish
Comes from the Turkish word şahin meaning ''falcon''. ... [more]
Means "bearded" in Turkish.
SALMAN Arabic, Urdu, Turkish
From the given name SALMAN.
Sarıkaya is a Turkish word meaning "yellow rock".
Means ''yellows'' in Turkish. A common place name in Turkey.
ŞAŞMAZ Turkish
From Turkish şaşmaz ''infallible''.
ŞEN Turkish
Means "happy, cheerful" in Turkish.
SEZER Turkish
Means "intuition", from Turkish sezmek meaning "to understand, to perceive".
SEZGIN Turkish
Means "sagacious, insightful" in Turkish.
ŞIMŞEK Turkish
Means "lightning" in Turkish. This word refers to lightning that streaks across the sky, while the term yıldırım denotes lightning that strikes the ground (see Yıldırım).
SOYDAN Turkish (Modern)
Soy, "lineage, ancestry" and dan "from"; One who has come down from good ancestry (a good family)
Means "son of Süleyman", from the given name SÜLEYMAN combined with the Turkish patronymic suffix -oğlu.
TABAK Turkish
Occupational name for a tanner
Means "stone breaker" from Turkish taş meaning "stone, rock" and kıran meaning "destroyer, breaker, pestilence".
TEKIN Turkish
From an Old Turkish title meaning "prince".
TOPRAK Turkish
Toprak means "earth" in Turkish.
TUFAN Turkish
From the given name TUFAN.
Means "gunsmith" in Turkish.
TUNCER Turkish
Derived from Turkish tunç meaning ''bronze''.
TURAN Turkish
Refers to Turan, an historical region in Central Asia inhabited by the nomadic Iranian Turanian people. The name itself means "land of the Tur" and is derived from the name of a Persian mythological figure, Tur (تور).
TÜRK Turkish
Türk means "Turk" in Turkish.
TÜRKMEN Turkish, Turkmen
Refers to a Turkmen person (someone from the present-day nation of Turkmenistan). The ethnonym itself is believed to be derived from Türk combined with the Sogdian suffix -man (thus meaning "almost Turk") or from Türk combined with Arabic إِيمَان (ʾīmān) meaning "faith, belief, religion".
Means "son of a Turk" in Turkish.
ULUSOY Turkish
Means "great lineage", derived from Turkish ulu meaning "supreme, great, exalted" combined with soy meaning "ancestry, lineage".
ÜNAL Turkish
Means "become famous" or "become well-known" in Turkish.
ÜNLÜ Turkish
Means "famous, celebrity" in Turkish.
UYSAL Turkish
Means "docile, easygoing, peaceful" in Turkish.
YALÇIN Turkish
From the given name YALÇIN.
YAVUZ Turkish
Means "stern, tough" in Turkish.
Possibly from Turkish yayla meaning "plateau".
YAZICI Turkish
Means "writer" or "clerk" in Turkish.
Means "lightning" in Turkish. This refers to lightning that strikes the ground, whereas şimşek denotes lightning that flashes across the sky (see ŞIMŞEK).
YILDIZ Turkish
Means "star" in Turkish.
YÜCE Turkish
Turkish surname derived from the word yüce meaning "lofty, gracious, noble, eminent".
YÜKSEL Turkish
Means "increase, rise" in Turkish, derived from Turkish yükselmek "to rise, to increase, to ascend".
Means "son of ZAIM".
ZENGIN Turkish
From Turkish zengin meaning "rich", ultimately from Persian سنگين‏ (sangin).
Means "wild apricot."
ZORLU Turkish
Means "strong, powerful" in Turkish.
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