Timur

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)
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