Turkish language & culture dictionary. Ad, Turkish Names. What are the typical Turkish names?
AD or İSİM in Turkish means “name”.
The typical questions for asking names are “(Senin) adın ne? What’s your name? (Singular Person) or “(Sizin) adınız ne? What’s your name? (Formal & Plural Person).
The reply is “(Benim) adım Ali. My name is Ali.
Unisex names in Turkish are Ayhan, Deniz, Derya, Fikret, Güngör, İlhan, İlkay, İsmet, Kamuran, Muzaffer, Ömür, Özcan, Özgür, Servet, Sezer, Şenel, Umut, Ümit, Yaşar, Yücel, Yüksel…
Turkish versions of foreign names are Adem Adam Davut David Havva Eve İbrahim Abraham İlyas Ilias İsa Jesus/Chris İskender Alexandre Meryem Miriam/Mary Musa Moses Nuh Noah Yahya John, Johannes Yakup Jacob Yasemin Jasmine Yusuf Joseph.
DID YOU KNOW THAT
- The most common female names in Turkish are Fatma, Ayşe, Emine, Hatice, Zeynep.
- The most common male names in Turkish are Mehmet, Mustafa, Ahmet, Ali, Hüseyin.
- It is very common to use natural names in Turkish, such as Deniz (sea), Yağmur (rain), Nur (light), Su (water) Güneş (sun), Yıldız (star), Eylül (September) Yıldırım (lightning), Yaprak (leaf), Işık (light), Gamze (dimple), Buse (kiss), Çiçek (flower) Gül (rose), Nergis (daffodil).
- Turks alphabetize names by first names e.g. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, not Atatürk, Mustafa Kemal.