Beautiful Turkish Baby Names

Michele Meleen
Contributor: Tamara Warta
Traditional little girl from Turkey

Turkish baby names can be a beautiful and special way to provide your child with a name that is out of the ordinary and possibly tied to his/her heritage if your roots happen to be based in the nation of Turkey. Many of these names derive from Turkish words and Muslim traditions along with European and Asian influences, which is part of what makes them so beautiful.

Turkish Baby Girl Names

Turkish names for baby girls are typically short, soft, and deeply meaningful. Some female names can mean different things with a similar spelling, meaning parents should take caution before getting too creative. For example, Eda means "good manners," but when you enhance it into Edila, it suddenly means "arrogance." If you are attached to names with symbolism and rich meaning, it's important you know all the variations.

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Girl Names A to K

Find lovely names starting with A through K.

Name/Variations Pronunciation Meaning

Ayla

Aylin

A-luh/Eye-luh

A-lin/Eye-lin

Moonlight, halo

Of the moon

Azra Az-ruh Virgin
Banu Bah-nuh Lady
Beste Beh-s-teh Melody
Canan Jhah-nah Beloved
Defne Deh-f-neh Laurel; Top Ten in Turkey

Dilara

Dilan

Dee-la-dah

Dee-lahn

Adorning the heart

Love

Ece Eh-djeh Queen
Elif A-leaf Slender; First Arabic alphabet letter
Elmas El-mah-s Diamond
Esin Eh-sin Inspiration
Feray Fair-eye Radiance of the moon
Gönül Guh-nuhl Heart

Gül

Gülistan

Gülten

G-uh-l

Guh-l-i-stahn

Guh-l-tahn

Rose

Rose garden

Rose skin

Hiranur Hdi-rah-nuhr Place of Muhammed's first revelation
Ipek Ee-peck Silk
Kader Kah-dair Destiny

Girl Names L Through Z

Select a name that begins with letter L to Z.

Name/Variations Pronunciation Meaning
Lale Lah-lay Tulip
Makbule Mahk-boo-lay Liked
Meltem Mal-tehm Sea wind
Nehir Nay-hear River
Nermin Nar-men Soft

Nur

Nuray

Nurten

Noor

Ner-eye

Noor-tan

Unisex name; Light

Bright moon

Radiant skin

Özgur

Uz-ger Free
Pembe Pahm-bay Pink
Sanem Sah-nem Idol

Sevda

Sevgi

Sevil

Sevim

Sayv-dah

Sayv-gee

Sayv-eel

Sayv-eem

Infatuation

Love

Loved

Love

Tutku Toot-koo Unisex name; Passion
Umut Ooh-moot Unisex name; Hope
Yildiz Yeel-diz Star
Zehra Zay-hrah Beauty
Zeynep Zay-nep Most popular in Turkey

Baby Boy Names From Turkey

There are also male Turkish baby names that are stunning and regal, making them perfect for that new baby birth announcement. Typical Turkish boy names are strong and short.

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Boy Names A Through I

Try one of these great boys names that start with letters A through I.

Name/Variations Pronunciation Meaning(s)

Ahmet

Ahmad

Ah-h-met

Ah-h-mahd

Commendable
Arif Are-if Expert
Aslan Ah-ss-lahn Lion
Aydin Eye-dehn Enlightened
Barış Bah-rish Peace

Berk

Berkant

Berker

Bairk

Bair-kahnt

Bair-kesh

Strong

Solid oak

Solid man

Çan Ch-ahn Life
Demir Day-meer Iron
Deniz Day-neez Unisex name; Sea
Efe Eh-fay Big brother; brave
Ender Ehn-dar Rare

Eren

Erhan

Eh-ron

Air-hahn

Saint

Brave leader

Eymen Ay-mehn Lucky
Gunay Goo-n-eye Sun and moon
Hakan Hah-kon Ruler
Haluk Hah-l-oo-k Good nature

Ilkay

Ilker

Ilkin

Eel-k-eye

Eel-k-air

Eel-k-keen

New moon

First man

First

Baby Boy Names J to Z

Select a baby boy name that begins with J through Z.

Name/Variations Pronunciation Meaning(s)
Kıvanç Kee-vah-n-ch Pride and joy
Mazhar Mahz-har Honored
Mert M-air-t Manly
Mustafa Moo-stah-fah Chosen one; Epithet of Muhammad

Ömer

Umar

Oh-mair

Oo-mah-sh

Flourishing
Orhan Or-hah-n Great leader
Semih Say-mee Generous

Serkan

Serhan

Sair-kahn

Sair-hahn

Leader
Soner Soh-nair Last man
Tuğrul Too-roo Falcon
Uğur Oo-r Good omen
Yusef Yoo-seph He will add; Most popular in Turkey
Zeki Zay-kee Intelligent

Understanding Turkish Baby Names

Just like any other country and culture, Turkey has naming traditions and popular names for both boy and girl babies.

  • Turkish names consist of a first name and at least one last name.
  • It wasn't until the passing of the Surname Law in 1934 that Turks were required to take a family surname.
  • A 2014 law allows women the choice to retain their maiden surname, adopt their husband's, or use both.
  • Despite other laws, children must take their father's surname.

Popular Girl Names in Turkey

The ten most popular names in Turkey in 2017 for girls were:

  • Zeynep
  • Elif
  • Defne
  • Hiranur
  • Ebrar
  • Eylul
  • Miray
  • Zehra
  • Ecrin
  • Azra

Popular Boy Names in Turkey

The ten most popular names in Turkey in 2017 for boys were:

  • Yusuf
  • Eymen
  • Omer
  • Emir
  • Mirac
  • Mustafa
  • Ahmet
  • Berat
  • Omer Asaf
  • Mehmet

Finding Beautiful Baby Names

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Whatever the reason, choosing a Turkish baby name means giving your baby a name that's deeply expressive. These short, beautiful names often don't need a nickname so they're a great choice for parents who want baby's name to be used as is by others.

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Beautiful Turkish Baby Names