Last names connect us to our family’s past. Turkish last names are now prominent in the Middle East and even in the United States. However, Turkish citizens had no last names until the introduction of the Surname Law in 1934. All Turkish Citizens then had to take on an official surname. Most last names in Turkey now stem from male given names, as before the Surname Law many Turks used their father’s first name followed by the suffix ‘–oğlu’ (‘son of’).
We’ve compiled a list of over 20 popular Turkish last names and their meanings. These names are patrilineal and some have roots in the Persian language. Take a look and see if you recognize any!
Meaning: Pure iron.
Meaning: Enlightened or bright.
Meaning: Pure or Core Turk.
Meaning: White ancestry.
Meaning: Brave warrior/fighter/hawk.
Meaning: Resolute or ferocious.
Meaning: Tough or robust.
Meaning: Spirit, life or heart.