Gender: Masculine
Origin: Chaghatai/Russian Тимур
Meaning: “iron.”

This was the original name of Tamerlane, a 14th-century conqueror of Central Asia, he was the founder of the Timurid Dynasty (1370-1405). His name is derived from a word for iron in the extinct Turkic language, Chagatai.

Tamerlane is viewed as a hero in many former Soviet Central Asian republics and as a result, is a very popular name. The name is even used among European Russians.

Currently, Timur is the 359th most popular male name in Germany, (2011).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Teymur (Azeri)
  • Tymur Тымур (Belarusian)
  • Timur Тимур  تیمور (Chechen/Chuvash/Kyrgyz/Mongolian/Persian/Russian/Tatar/Turkish/Turkmen/Ukrainian/Uzbek)
  • Temur თემურ (Georgian/Uzbek)
  • Temir Темір (Kazakh/Tajik)
  • Tîmûr (Kurdish)
  • Demir (Turkish)


Gender: Feminine
Origin: English
(EE-zeh-MAY); (iz-MAY); (IZ-mee)

The name is of uncertain meaning but was first recorded in England around the 13th century and was found in various incarnations such as Ysemay, Ismay, and Isamaya. Though it has been speculated that the name is derived from the old French Esmee (esteemed) or the Ancient Greek Ismene, its most likely origin is from a Germanic name Ismagi(n) meaning “iron-strength.” The name completely fell out of usage at the end of the middle ages.

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