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Behind Personal Names


What do your first and last names mean? My first name Halit means eternity and my last name Demir means iron. I don't know much about the personal names in other cultures. In Turkish, as with my last name, we use many personal names as common nouns (rarely as adjectives), or the other way around.


In this post you'll find a list of the most common of these personal names.


You may already know people with these names personally, or you may see them often on TV or in books. Since they're somehow part of your everyday life, these lists can help you learn them as common nouns.


As always, ladies first:


Gül rose

Çiçek flower

Çiğdem crocus

Lale /la:le/ tulip

Nergis daffodil

Nilüfer water lily

Yaprak leaf

Yasemin /ya:semin/ jasmine

Demet bunch (flowers/roses etc)

Buket bouquet (arrangement of flowers)

Nehir river

Irmak river

Su water

Derin deep

Toprak (unisex) soil

Pınar spring (water)

Yağmur rain

Damla drop

Deniz (unisex) sea

Derya /derya:/ sea

Ada island

Doğa (unisex) nature

İnci pearl

Yıldız star

Hilâl crescent

Güneş (unisex) sun

Sema /sema:/ sky

Bahar spring (season)

Eylül September

Nisan /ni:san/ April

Duygu emotion

Sevgi love

Sevinç joy

Neşe joy

Mutlu happy

Hayat life

Simge symbol

Işık (unisex) light (n)

Rüya /rüya:/ dream

Melek angel

Dilek wish

Emel aim

Gaye aim

Ümit (unisex) hope

Arzu desire

Gizem mystery

Özlem longing

Öykü story

İpek silk

Ela /el:a/ hazel (colour)

Hediye gift

Kiraz cherry

Şirin cute

Uğur (unisex) luck


I’ll prepare the list of male names in another post.







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