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What does the name Sultan mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Sultan

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User Submitted Meanings

  • A user from Virginia, United States says the name Sultan is of Arabic origin and means "Ruler, king".
  • A user from Saudi Arabia says the name Sultan is of Arabic origin and means "Sultan also mean power or control before it used to mean king or chief. ex: i have no sultan on you , you can do whatever you want and pronounced with long A like sultaan".
  • A user from India says the name Sultan means "Gift of god".
  • According to a user from Uganda, the name Sultan is of Arabic origin and means "King or chief".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sul"tan
A ruler, or sovereign, of a Mohammedan state; specifically, the ruler of the Turks; the Padishah, or Grand Seignior; -- officially so called.

Etymology: F. sultancf. Sp. soldan, It. sultano soldano), Ar. sultān sultan, dominion. Cf. Soldan

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  1. The ruler of a Muslim country (especially of the former Ottoman Empire)

From French sultan, from Turkish sultan, from Arabic سُلْطَان (sulṭān), from Aramaic שולטנא (šulṭānā, “strength, authority”) (compare Hebrew שִׁלְטוֹן (shiltón)). Compare soldan.

  1. Originally, a secular office, formally subordinate to -, but de facto the power behind the throne of the (theoretically universal) caliph.
  2. A hereditary ruler in various Muslim states (sultanate), varying from petty principalities (as in Indonesia and in Yemen), often vassal of a greater ruler, to independent realms, such as Oman, Brunei, or an empire such as the Turkish Ottoman Empire.
  3. (card games) A variant of solitaire, played with two decks of cards.
  4. A breed of chicken originating in Turkey, kept primarily in gardens for ornamental reasons. See: sultan (chicken)

sultan was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, French, Icelandic, Maltese, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Serbo-Croatian, Swedish, and Turkish

Notable Persons Named Sultan

He holds the title Sultan of India. He was most active from 1290 to 1316. Sultan was born in Qalat, Zabul. Sultan is also known as Juna Khan Khilji. He died in 1316.


Sultan Kosen is a farmer. Sultan was born on December 10th, 1982 in Mardin.


Sultan Al-Qassemi is a founder of barjeel art foundation, founder, chairman of barjeel securities, mit media lab director's fellow, member of global commission on internet governance, barjeel art foundation, and founder ofbarjeel art foundation.


Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is royalty. They hold the title Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Sultan was born as the child of Ibn Saud and Hussa bint Ahmed Al Sudairi in Riyadh.


Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is a fighter pilot.


Sultan Ibragimov is a boxer. Sultan was born on March 8th, 1975 in Tlyarata, Tlyaratinsky District, Republic of Dagestan.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sultan

Kösem Sultan was royalty. She was most prominent from 1623 to 1632. Kösem was born in Tinos. She passed away on September 2nd, 1651.


Tipu Sultan was royalty. He holds the title Badshah, Nasib ad-Dawlah, and Fath Ali Khan Bahadur. He was most prominent from 1782 to 1799. Tipu was born as the child of Hyder Ali on November 20th, 1750 in Devanahalli, present-day Bangalore, Karnataka. He died on May 4th, 1799.


Safiye Sultan was royalty. She holds the title Valide-i iffet-penah, Mahd-i Ulya Sultanat, and Valide-i macide. She was most prominent from 1595 to 1603. Safiye was born in Dukagjin highlands. She left this life on November 10th, 1618.


Hürrem Sultan was royalty. She holds the title Meryem-hilkat, Asiye-'iffet, Hatice-hürmet, Fâtımâ-'ismet, Vâlide-i sa'ide, and Mehd-i Ulya-i Sultanat. She was most active from 1533 to 1558. Hürrem was born in Rohatyn. She passed away on April 15th, 1558.


Münire was born on December 9th, 1844 in Istanbul. She died on June 29th, 1862.


Her most notable accomplishments were from 1566 to 1574. Mihrimah was born as the child of Suleiman the Magnificent and Roxelana on March 21st, 1522 in Constantinople. She left this life on January 25th, 1578.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1966 9 0 9
1971 8 0 8
1972 6 0 6
1973 14 0 14
1974 20 0 20
1975 26 0 26
1976 28 0 28
1977 17 0 17
1978 17 0 17
1979 21 0 21
1980 15 0 15
1981 19 0 19
1982 15 0 15
1983 11 0 11
1984 15 0 15
1985 21 0 21
1986 14 0 14
1987 15 0 15
1988 21 0 21
1989 21 0 21
1990 18 0 18
1991 24 0 24
1992 17 0 17
1993 21 0 21
1994 24 0 24
1995 26 0 26
1996 24 0 24
1997 23 0 23
1998 32 0 32
1999 27 0 27
2000 22 0 22
2001 40 0 40
2002 34 0 34
2003 26 0 26
2004 34 0 34
2005 32 0 32
2006 27 0 27
2007 18 0 18
2008 25 0 25
2009 35 0 35
2010 41 0 41
2011 43 0 43
2012 55 0 55
2013 49 0 49
2014 58 0 58
2015 69 0 69
2016 97 0 97
2017 92 0 92
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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Popularity of Sultan as a first name

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Popularity of Sultan as a last name

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Common last names for Sultan

  • Ali
  • Khan

Common first names for Sultan

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sultan U.S.
  White 46.89% 64.26%
  African American 10.79% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 33.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.15% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.17% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sultan

People with the last name Sultan are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Sultan

  • How Popular is the name Sultan? Sultan is the 8,657th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sultan was the 9,648th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sultan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,366 babies born with the first name Sultan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sultan to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sultan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1966 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Sultan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sultan is Tuesday, February 12th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Sultan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sultan was in 2016 with a total of 97 babies.
  • Random Sultan Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sultan is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Sultan: Your name in reverse order is Natlus. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tlsnau. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sultan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,363 people with the last name Sultan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sultan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Sultan as their last name.

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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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