Origin: Chaghatai/Russian Тимур
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)