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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Khan mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Khan

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Indian (Sanskrit)

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  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Khan is of Urdu origin and means "Ruler".
  • A user from Pakistan says the name Khan is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Ruler".
  • A submission from Australia says the name Khan means "Chief or ruler" and is of English origin.
  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Khan is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Ruler".
  • A user from Oklahoma, United States says the name Khan is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "King".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Khan
A king; a prince; a chief; a governor; -- so called among the Tartars, Turks, and Persians, and in countries now or formerly governed by them.

Etymology: Pers. & Tart. khā(n.)

noun Khan
An Eastern inn or caravansary.

Etymology: Per. khān khānah, house, tent, inn

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans
  2. A title given to rulers or other important people in Asian countries

From Turkish Kağan, from Mongolian хаан (haan).

  1. A male given name used extensively among Muslims of South Asia.
  2. A surname​ derived from the given name.

Notable Persons Named Khan

Khan was born on February 6th, 1890 in Utmanzai, Hashtnagar, Frontier Tribal Areas of Punjab Province, British India. He died on January 20th, 1988.


Khan Abdul Wali Khan was a Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Opposition (Pakistan). Khan was born on January 11th, 1917 in Utmanzai, Charsadda. He left this life on January 26th, 2006.


Khan Mamai or Khan Mamatsu is royalty. He holds the title Beylerbey.


He holds the title Baba and Baba (honorific). Ghani was given the name Khan Abdul Ghani Khan in 1914 in Hashtnagar. Ghani is also known as Abdul Ghani Khan, Lewaney, Ghani Baba, Ghani Dada, and Ghani Malang. He died in 1996.


Ardeshir was given the name Khan Bahadur Ardeshir Irani on December 5th, 1886 in Pune. He passed away on October 14th, 1969.


He died in 1961.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Khan

Razzak Khan is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1993. Razzak was born in India.


He holds the title 1, 1stKhaganof theMongol Empire, (SupremeKhanof theMongols), and King of Kings. His most notable accomplishments were from 1206 to 1227. Genghis was born as the child of Yesugei and Hoelun in Khentii Mountains, Mongolia. He died on August 18th, 1227.


Shah Rukh Khan is an actor, film producer, television presenter, film actor, producer, and television host. His ongoing career started in 1988. Shah was given the name Shahrukh Khan on November 2nd, 1965 in --11-02.


Salman Khan is an actor, film producer, celebrity, model (people), philanthropy, singing, television personality, model, philanthropist, and singer. He has been prominent since 1988. Salman was given the name Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan on December 27th, 1965 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.


His ongoing career started in 1984. Aamir was given the name Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan by his parent Tahir Hussain on March 14th, 1965 in Mumbai.


He holds the title 5, 1, 5thKhaganof theMongol Empire, (Nominally due to theempire's division), 1st Emperor of theYuan dynasty, and Emperor of China. He was most active from 5 to 5. Kublai was born as the child of Tolui and Sorghaghtani Beki on September 23rd, 1215. He left this life on February 18th, 1294.


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International Interest for Khan

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Popularity of Khan as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Khan U.S.
  White 6.89% 64.26%
  African American 3.86% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 81.25% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.27% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.20% 16.26%

Of Last Name Khan

People with the last name Khan are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Khan

  • How Popular is the name Khan? Khan is the 21,491st most popular name of all time. As a last name Khan was the 427th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Khan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 306 babies born with the first name Khan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Khan to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Khan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1966 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Khan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Khan is Sunday, September 6th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Khan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Khan was in 2012 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Random Khan Factoid: According to the 1991 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Khan is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1991.
  • Weird things about the name Khan: Your name in reverse order is Nahk. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Anhk. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Khan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 76,171 people with the last name Khan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Khan? Khan was ranked as the 427th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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