Turkish Culture


  • Most Turkish names have a similar format to Western names: [first name] [FAMILY NAME]. For example, Kemal AYDIN.
  • Women commonly take their husband’s family name at marriage or add it onto the end of their own. For example, if Fatma KARABACAK married Mehmet KEÇELI, she could be known as Fatma KARABACAK KEÇELI or just Fatma KEÇELI
  • People are often addressed by their first name followed with “Bey” for men and “Hanim” for women. For example, “Yusuf Bey” and “Elif Hanim”.
  • Kurds may follow traditional Kurdish naming customs and use their tribe’s name or their grandfather’s personal name as their surname.
  • Popular personal names in Turkey are Yusuf, Berat, Mustafa, Ömer and Ahmet for boys, and Zeynep, Elif, Zehra, Hiranur and Miray for girls.

Be the champion for inclusion in your workplace with exceptional tools and resources.

Inclusion Program

Inclusion logo

Join over 450 organisations already creating a better workplace

Find out more
Download this Cultural Profile

Too busy to read it right now?

You can download this cultural profile in an easy-to-read PDF format that can be printed out and accessed at any time.