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English sounding Turkish names?

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ChipmunksInAttic Fri 10-Aug-18 17:19:47


I’m expecting my second son, and trying to pick a name, which is really difficult!

Our favorite at this moment is “Efe”, and “Aras” as a middle name. What do you think about those names? Anything to make fun of at school? Efe reads like Eh-fe (as in cafe) and Aras is like Ah-ras.

Another name we thought about were Ates (sounds Atesh).

My older one is called “Deniz” by the way, so it’s not an option anymore smile

Thanks in advance!

Sophronia Fri 10-Aug-18 18:14:26


Skyejuly Fri 10-Aug-18 18:19:21


Sidneythecam Fri 10-Aug-18 18:26:15


I met a lovely Turkish man once called İmam

His name has stayed with me for nearly twenty years

wizzywig Fri 10-Aug-18 18:27:38

I was going to say aydin as someone before had before

ChipmunksInAttic Fri 10-Aug-18 20:34:25

Thanks for the comments. Lots of people suggested Aydin but we don’t quite like it, not very modern sounding. Similarly, Hasan, Adem, Kasim, Osman sounds very old fashioned in Turkish.

I have never heard someone named Imam by the way, it means muslim leader working in a mosque, equivalent of priest smile And I don’t want any name that sounds religious as well, we are not believers...

MemorialBeach Fri 10-Aug-18 22:05:09


7YearsOfBlood Fri 10-Aug-18 22:07:43


CoteDAzur Fri 10-Aug-18 22:17:17

OP - In your place, I would choose a name that has no religious/Arabic/Persian origins AND has no Turkish characters like ö and ç, to make life for your DS.

That means no Aydin, Kemal, Kasim, Mehmet, or Ali, for example.

We loved Ates and would have chosen it for DS, save for the Turkish character at the end that you can't write in English and the fact that everyone would pronounce it as hates without h.

I had a rather long thread on this subject some years ago, which you might like to read.

CoteDAzur Fri 10-Aug-18 22:22:29


If that's a name, it's not a Turkish one.

CoteDAzur Fri 10-Aug-18 22:25:33


Devrim means "Revolution" and always marks someone as having parents who were revolutionary communists before the coup d'état in 1980, when pro-Soviet communists and nationalist fascists were fighting it out on the streets.

ChipmunksInAttic Fri 10-Aug-18 22:43:26

Thanks CoteDAzur! You are right and this all makes it more tricky smile
I think we'll end up with Efe.

CoteDAzur Fri 10-Aug-18 22:49:34

Sorry I meant "to make life easier for your DS".

fannyanddick Fri 10-Aug-18 23:35:16

Efe is a lovely name.

thegreylady Fri 10-Aug-18 23:36:32

Can pronounced Jan?

Hamiltoes Fri 10-Aug-18 23:48:04

Koray - pronounced Koh-rye

Met a lovely Turkish man with that name.

Is Efe not beer over there?

ChipmunksInAttic Fri 10-Aug-18 23:59:29

Efes is the beer brand smile

For Can, I’m worried people will pronounce it like can and make fun of it.

Koray might be a good one!

Skyejuly Sat 11-Aug-18 07:31:37

Sofien is my nephews name! It's certainly a name!

It is however Tunisian I think, not Turkish. Sorry.

Dandelionrarrrr Sat 11-Aug-18 07:44:22

Cem (like Jem)

notaflyingmonkey Sat 11-Aug-18 07:58:00

I liked Idris as it works in both languages.

I think the trick is to find a Turkish name that works phonetically in English - assuming he is going to be brought up here - as well as thinking of any English language connotations with the sound of the name. And perhaps most importantly what his nickname will be at school.

NaughtToThreeSadOnions Sat 11-Aug-18 08:01:41

Cenk (Jenk) i always thought it sounded a bit like jack or jake.

But i might be biased as i went to turkey when i was about 8 to visit a friend of my mums who emigrated out there and it was her sons name so its possiably about the only turkish name i know

FennyBridges Sat 11-Aug-18 08:41:42


CoteDAzur Sat 11-Aug-18 08:48:28

Koray definitely works.

Names that end in -han and -kan mostly do, too:

coralush Sat 11-Aug-18 09:47:58


ShiningWhit Sat 11-Aug-18 09:51:41

I don't know any female Elifs


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