Do you have a Turkish family member you want to honor by giving your little one a Turkish name? Or do you like Turkish names in general?
Well, Turkey is a beautiful country well known for its local cuisines, pristine beaches, great history, charming culture, Turkish baths, and the list goes on and on. This country has been on my travel bucket list for ages. And did I mention how wholeheartedly I want to get on their hot air balloons in Cappadocia?
Apart from its beauty, Turkey is also famous for its cute selection of names.
Their names are greatly connected to their rich history and exotic culture. They were influenced by the Anatolians, the Byzantines, and the Ottoman Empire. This has led to names that are powerful, dynamic, and vintage.
Here, I have come up with Turkish baby names that are the best you can get your hands on. All you need is to sit, relax, and go through this amazing name list.
The Best Turkish Baby Names of All Time
Choosing a name that fits the traits of your little one is pretty hard, I must say, no matter how easy it seems.
You need to know their origins, meanings, and how they sound. And that’s it. The real struggle is when you can’t find a name that can blow your mind with its aptness for your little one.
To ensure you do not have to go through this trouble, I have made a list of the best Turkish baby names for you. I have not only included the names for boys and girls but also the unisex names, so you don’t have to go anywhere else.
Turkish Baby Names for Girls
When it comes to girl names, I like those that are feminine, pretty, elegant, and gorgeous. You can find all these in the following list of names.
And yes, I have added their meanings too. Some are popular, some vintage, and some modern, the perfect mix of girl names!
Old-school names never fail to impress people with their timeless charm. One such name is Aisha. This name oozes feminity. It is highly popular in the USA among Muslim women.
Aisha has its roots in the Turkish language and holds the meaning of womanly. Also, some say that it means “she who lives.”
Did you know that Aisha was the name of the Prophet Muhammad’s youngest wife? This makes it a favorite among religious parents. Some other variations of this name are Aaisha, Aisha, Aishat, and Aicha.
The name Banu is popular in many countries, including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkey.
This Turkish name for girls comes with not one, not two, but many meanings. While some say that it means little sister, some say it means princess, and then there are others who believe that it holds the meaning of bride.
If you look at the Persian meaning of Banu, it holds the meaning of lady. And when it comes to its Indian usage, it translates to the sun. The latter is taken from the word Bhanu, which originated in the Sanskrit language.
A famous personality with this name is an Indian actress Saira Banu.
If I ask you who is your most beloved person, I believe the answer will include your baby girl. Because for me, my little one is the one I adore most, apart from my husband, of course.
If you want a name that denotes how much your daughter means to you, you can choose the super cute name Canan for her.
This name has an adorable vibe and holds the meaning of beloved or darling.
Canan has a variant in the Hebrew language that holds the meaning of “from Palestine.” It has a biblical connection as well.
Dilara is a melodious name and is a favorite one among parents looking for lyrical names.
This name has its roots in the Turkish language. It came from the Persian word Delara, which translates to beloved. This name is made of two words, that are del and ara. While the former holds the meaning of the heart, the latter translates to adorner, beautifier, and embellisher.
The name Dilara comes with multiple meanings, including “she who delights the heart,” “she who is pleasing,” and “what makes the heart beautiful.”
You can give this popular name in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Iran if you want her to have a pure heart, body, and soul.
I treat my baby girl like a princess, and I believe you do, too. So, how about you give a name to her that pretty much means the same?
Emira is an elegant name with Arabic roots that holds the meaning of a high-born girl or princess. When it comes to its Hebrew variation, you need to pronounce it as Amira. It then means “saying” or “treetop.”
Emira is the feminine version of the popular name Amir.
The name Fatima is vintage, and like all other vintage names, it is full of charm.
This name has its roots in the Arabic language and holds the meaning of “one who abstains,” and “one who weans an infant.”
Fatima is the name of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter. It is a common name given to girls in the Middle East countries.
Some other variations of this name include Fatemeh and Fadime.
Is your baby born with blue eyes? If yes, then the name Gokcen would be perfect for her.
This unique name has an artistic vibe to it. It has multiple meanings. While some say it means “belonging to the sky,” some say it translates to a “blue-eyed woman,” and others say it means a beautiful woman.
You can hear this name mostly in Central Asia in the region of Tengrism. People use this first name as a surname, too.
Are you someone obsessed with the moon, such as I am? Would you like to choose a name for your baby girl that has a connection to the moon?
Give her the classic name, Haleh.
This gorgeous name has its roots in the Persian language. There is an Arabic name, Hala, and Haleh is the Turkish variation of that name.
It holds the meaning of the halo around the moon. A famous personality with this name is Haleh Jamali. She is an artist from Iran.
This is a unique name with Turkish roots. It sounds like the name of someone belonging to a posh and cultured family. Did you know that there is a city in Turkey named Idil?
The name Idil is taken from there. It translates to “from the river,” which stands for the river Volga in Europe.
A famous personality with this name is Idil Biret. She is a pianist.
If you are into names that are cute, you may like the name Jale.
This name sounds super awesome, and it is trendy too. This is a common name both in Turley and Persia. In some places, people use it as a surname too.
Jale holds the meaning of dew or hailstone. You can choose between Zhaleh, Jhale, or Jaleh as well.
A famous personality with this name is Jale Arikan. She is a Turkish-German actress.
I like flowery names as I find them to be soothing to the soul. If you are someone like me and want to give your daughter a name that has a connection to flowers, you can choose the name Kamelya for her.
This super gorgeous name has its roots in the Turkish language. It holds the meaning of a type of flower. If you look at its English variant, Camellia, it is the name of a flowering plant that belongs to the tea family.
Kamelya is a name mostly used in Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria.
Turkish Baby Names for Boys
When it comes to names for boys, I personally like the ones that are cool, strong, and have hotness oozing from it!
Apart from all these traits, you can find a mix of modern, old-school, and masculine names in the following list.
If you are looking for a name with a religious vibe, Abdullah is the name for you. This is a common name among Muslim boys and has a strong religious connection.
This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad’s father, Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib.
Abdullah holds the meaning of servant of God. This is the Turkish variation of the name Abd Allah, which has Arabic roots.
The name Baran has multiple roots, including Kurdish, Persian, and Turkish.
Is your baby boy born during the rainy season or on a rainy day? Then Baran would be a good name choice for him. It holds the meaning of rain. Also, you can name him Baran if you love rain and want to give a name to your baby that means the same.
In Persia, Baran is mostly used for girls, but in Turkey, it is used only for boys. People use it as a nickname, too, especially carried by men who are shepherds or have a strong build.
A famous personality with this name is Baran bo Odar. He is a filmmaker who made the popular TV show Dark.
Have you given birth to a handsome baby boy? Do you want to name him something that means the same? How about the name Cemil?
This name has a cute vibe to it. It sounds like the name of a good-looking young man. Cemil has its roots in the Turkish language and means handsome.
Jamil is an Arabic name, and Cemil is the Turkish version of that name. If you have given birth to twins, one boy, and one girl, you can name your baby girl Cemile and pair it with Cemil.
If you like names mentioned in the Bible, you can choose the name Davut for your little one. Davut holds the meaning of a beloved friend.
This name has its roots in the Turkish language. It is a variant of the name David that has Hebrew roots. You may already know that David is a biblical figure who was formerly a shepherd and then went on to kill the Philistine giant Goliath. He then became the king of Israel.
You can choose between Daud, Davoud, and David as well.
If you are into short and easy-to-remember names, Efe is the name for you. This name has its roots in the Turkish language. It has a sweet vibe that makes it sound all the more attractive.
It can fit your son perfectly if he is your first baby or your first son, as it holds the meaning of older brother. This trendy name is on the list of the most popular Turkish baby names for boys.
If you want your baby boy to be the winner every step of the way when he grows up, you can give him the name Fatih.
This name of Turkish origin has a masculine vibe, which makes it sound dashing and hot. It holds the meaning of a conqueror.
Fathi is an Arabic name, and Fatih is the Turkish version of that name. It was a title that was borne by Mehmed II. He was an Ottoman sultan famous for his decisive military leadership and intelligence.
If you like uncommon names, Galip is the name for you. This name has Turkish roots and will be perfect for your son if you want to see him as a victorious person when he grows up.
It has a ruthless vibe to it, which makes it more attractive to parents looking for a name with a bad-boy image. Galip translates to the victor or “to defeat.”
Hakan will be a good name for your baby boy if you want to see him as a people person who is loved, adored, and respected by everyone. Also, it will fit your boy if you like names with a regal vibe.
Hakan is an old-school name that has its roots in the Turkish language. It comes with the meaning of “king of kings” and “ruler.”
Hakan is a variation of the word “Khagan,” which has Mongolian and old Turkish roots. It’s a title given to an emperor. You can choose between Khaqan and Khakan as well. This name saw its peak popularity during the 60s, 70s, and 80s in Turkey.
If you are into names that sound powerful, Ihsan is the name for you.
This name has its roots in the Turkish as well as Arabic languages. Give this name to your little bundle of joy if you want him to excel in whatever work he undertakes when he grows up.
It holds the meaning of excellence and perfection. It is taken from the word “husn,” an Arabic word that holds the meaning of beauty.
Kadir is a name that sounds strong and comes with a masculine vibe. You can give this name to your son if you want to see him in a higher position in society, someone with power and money.
Kadir has its roots in the Turkish language and holds the meaning of almighty and powerful. It is the Turkish form of the name Qadir.
Did you know that Qadir is one of the ninety-nine names for Allah in the religion of Islam?
You can choose between Quadir, Qader, Kader, and Ghader.
Mahir is a cool name that sounds like the name of some romantic guy. While some say it has Turkish roots, others believe it originated in the Arabic language.
You can choose the spelling Maher as well. It holds the meaning of talented or skillful. It is a common name in Turkey that is borne by the famous Egyptian theater director, cartoonist, and playwright Maher Sabry.
Gender-Neutral Turkish Baby Names
When it comes to gender-neutral names, I like them to be quirky, trendy, and unique, breaking all the stereotypes. And that is exactly what you get in the following list of unisex names.
Scroll through them to see which fits your little pumpkin the best!
If you want your little prince or princess to be loved and adored by everyone who comes into their lives, you can give them the unisex name Afet.
This name has an artistic vibe, making it alluring to creative parents looking for unique names. Afet has its roots in the Turkish language and holds the meaning of attractive, forgiving, and lovable.
Although this name fits girls the more, you can give this name to your son, too.
Do you like names with mythical vibes? Then, chances are you will like the name Bengi. It has a friendly vibe to it and sounds like the name of a helpful and noble person.
Originating in the Turkish language, this gender-neutral name comes with the meaning eternal, immortal, and never-ending. People say that Bengi is “a mythical water which gives a person immortal life.”
Do you like the sea? Because the name Deniz sounds like a gush of cold sandy air, which is extremely soothing. It is an old-school name that has its roots in the Turkish language. It holds the meaning of the sea.
You can choose the spelling Dennis or Denis as well. A famous personality with this name is Deniz Cakir, a Turkish actress.
This name oozes sweetness!
You can choose this name for your baby boy or girl if you have become a parent after trying for a long time and if they have made your wish of becoming a parent true.
Emel has a certain cuteness to it that makes it sound attractive. Originating in the Turkish language, it holds the meaning of wish or desire.
Also, some say that it means hardworking and labor according to its Hebrew version. You can go for the spellings Amal, Amalia, and Amalka as well.
The name Fidan has a charming vibe to it. This is a classic name with Turkish roots and can fit both boys and girls equally.
It holds the meaning of a sapling. If you look at its Greek version, it means svelte or lean, and then if you see its Urdu version, it translates to one who makes a sacrifice.
This common name is used in Qatar, Egypt, Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, Iran, and Afghanistan.
Does your little one have dimples on his/her cheeks?
Well, I like dimples a lot, and my husband has them! If your kiddo has dimples, too, Gamze would be a perfect name for them, no matter their gender.
It is a modern name of Turkish origin that comes with the adorable meaning of “the dimple on the cheek when a person smiles.”
A famous personality with this name is Gamze Bulut. She is a middle-distance runner.
Do you like starry names? How about the name Hulya?
Hulya is a unisex name of Turkish origin that comes with multiple meanings. The most common meaning preferred by parents is a star. Also, some parents like the meaning of a daydream.
A famous personality with this name is Hulya Avsar. She is an actress.
All babies are unique in their own way. And as parents, we believe our kids are the most unique of them all, isn’t it?
This is where names with the meaning unique come into the picture. Izel is one such name. With its roots in the Turkish language, Izel holds the meaning of unique. It is a rare name that is meant for both boys and girls.
A famous personality with this name is Izel Celikoz. She is a pop singer.
I hope you liked the Turkish baby names that I have listed here. How many of them did you shortlist? Do you want me to add more names?
Let me know in the comments!