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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Emir mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Emir

User Submitted Meanings

  • A user from Turkey says the name Emir is of Unknown origin and means "Emperror".
  • A submission from South Africa says the name Emir means "Prince" and is of Arabic origin.
  • A user from Turkey says the name Emir is of Arabic origin and means "Prince".
  • According to a user from Turkey, the name Emir is of Turkish origin and means "Order".
  • A submission from New York, United States says the name Emir means "Leader and comander" and is of English origin.
Other origins: Hebrew, Muslim, and Spanish

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
An Arabian military commander, independent chieftain, or ruler of a province; also, an honorary title given to the descendants of Mohammed, in the line of his daughter Fatima; among the Turks, likewise, a title of dignity, given to certain high officials.

Etymology: Ar. emīr amīr, commander: cf. F. émir. Cf. Admiral Ameer

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia)

Notable Persons Named Emir

Emir Kusturica is a film director, screenwriter, and musician. He was most prominent from 1978 to present. Emir was born Emir Kusturica on November 24th, 1954 in Sarajevo. Emir is also known as Nemanja.


Emir Spahić is a soccer player for the Hamburger SV, FK Krajina Cazin, NK Čelik Zenica, NK GOŠK Dubrovnik, NK Zagreb, FC Shinnik Yaroslavl, FC Torpedo Moscow, FC Lokomotiv Moscow, Montpellier HSC, Sevilla FC, FC Anzhi Makhachkala, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Bosnia, and Herzegovina national under-21 foot. Emir was born on August 18th, 1980 in Dubrovnik.


Emir Kujović is a soccer player for the IFK Norrköping, Klippans FF, Landskrona BoIS, Halmstads BK, Falkenbergs FF, Kayserispor, Elazığspor, Sweden national under-21 football team, and Sweden national football team. Emir was born on June 22nd, 1988 in Bijelo Polje.


Emir Preldžić is a basketball player for the KK Čelik, KD Slovan, Fenerbahçe Men's Basketball, and Darüşşafaka S.K. in the Turkish Basketball Super League and Euroleague. His ongoing career started in 2003. Emir was born on September 6th, 1987 in Zenica.


Emir Bajrami is a soccer player for the IF Elfsborg, MD FF Köping, FC Twente, AS Monaco FC, Panathinaikos F.C., Sweden national under-19 football team, Sweden national under-21 football team, and Sweden national football team. Emir was born on March 7th, 1988 in Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia.


Emir El-Falaki is a pop music singing and dance. His most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Emir was born on August 12th, 1973 in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Emir

João Emir is a soccer player for the Hong Kong Pegasus FC, Grêmio Esportivo Brasil, and South China AA. João was born on March 17th, 1989 in Pelotas, Brazil. João is also known as João Emir; 利馬 (Chinese).


Emir is a pop music singing. He was most active from 2009 to present. Emir was born in 1980 in Istanbul. Emir is also known as Sevinç and Emir.


Berkan Emir is a sports team member for the Kayserispor.


How popular is the baby name Emir in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1970 5 0 5
1971 5 0 5
1972 5 0 5
1974 8 0 8
1975 6 0 6
1976 11 0 11
1978 7 0 7
1979 7 0 7
1980 7 0 7
1981 6 0 6
1982 6 0 6
1983 5 0 5
1984 10 0 10
1986 12 0 12
1987 10 0 10
1988 7 0 7
1989 7 0 7
1990 9 0 9
1991 15 0 15
1992 17 0 17
1993 20 0 20
1994 16 0 16
1995 19 0 19
1996 21 0 21
1997 31 0 31
1998 25 0 25
1999 31 0 31
2000 46 0 46
2001 35 0 35
2002 53 0 53
2003 54 0 54
2004 65 0 65
2005 83 0 83
2006 116 0 116
2007 181 0 181
2008 123 0 123
2009 121 0 121
2010 104 0 104
2011 132 0 132
2012 155 0 155
2013 153 0 153
2014 152 0 152
2015 146 0 146
2016 117 0 117
2017 200 0 200

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Popularity of Emir as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Emir

  • How Popular is the name Emir? Emir is the 6,078th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Emir have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,364 babies born with the first name Emir in the United States. That's more than enough people named Emir to occupy the territory of Norfolk Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 2,302 (as of August 9, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Emir? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1970 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Emir first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Emir is Friday, July 25th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Emir born? The highest recorded use of the first name Emir was in 2017 with a total of 200 babies.
  • Random Emir Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Emir is not a popular baby boy's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1997.
  • Weird things about the name Emir: Your name in reverse order is Rime. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eirm. How do you pronounce that?

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.