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since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Balkan

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  1. An inhabitant of the Balkan Peninsula

From Turkish balkan (“wooded, craggy mountain range”).

Balkan was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, German, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Serbo-Croatian, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Balkan

Liza Balkan is an actress, dancer, director, teacher, and writer. Liza was born in 20.


Fuat was born on August 28th, 1887 in Istanbul. He left this life on May 28th, 1970.


Orkan Balkan is a soccer player for the SpVgg Unterhaching, Orduspor, Polatlı Bugsaşspor, Çankırıspor, and SV Pullach. Orkan was born on March 12th, 1987 in Munich.


Enver was born on March 5th, 1902.



Mesut Balkan is an athlete for the Bayrampaşaspor.


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Popularity of Balkan as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Balkan U.S.
  White 92.15% 64.26%
  African American 2.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.07% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Balkan

People with the last name Balkan are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Balkan

  • How Popular is the name Balkan? As a last name Balkan was the 78,821st most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Balkan? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Balkan was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Balkan: Your name in reverse order is Naklab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kblana. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Balkan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 242 people with the last name Balkan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Balkan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Balkan as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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