Sultan name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Sultan mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Sultan

User Submitted Origins

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Saudi Arabia, 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".
  2. A submission from Morocco says the name Sultan means "King and power" and is of Hindi origin.
  3. A user from Uganda says the name Sultan is of Arabic origin and means "King or chief".
  4. According to 3 people from all over the world, the name Sultan is of Arabic / Islamic / Muslim origin and means "King".
  5. According to a user from Bangladesh, the name Sultan is of Arabic origin and means "King,Protector,Royalty,Monarch".
  6. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Sultan means "Indian for king".
  7. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name Sultan is of Arabic origin and means "Ruler, king".
  8. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Sultan is of Arabic origin and means "Authority and pronounced Sul-Taan".
  9. A user from India says the name Sultan means "Gift of god".
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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

Other Dictionary Sources
  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

Notable Persons Named Sultan

Sultan Ala-ud-din Khalji

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

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

Sultan Al-Qassemi

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

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

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

Sultan Ibragimov

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

Notable Persons With the Last Name Sultan

Kösem 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

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

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

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 Sultan

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

Mihrimah Sultan

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.

  • Nurbanu Sultan
  • Bandar bin Sultan
  • Turhan Hatice Sultan
  • Handan Sultan
  • Khalid bin Sultan
    Deputy Minister of Defense
  • Wafa Sultan
  • Said Bin Sultan
  • Raziye Sultan
  • Ayşe Hafsa Sultan
  • Hümaşah Sultan
  • Gevherhan Sultan
  • Dan Sultan
  • Emetullah Rabia Gülnûş Sultan
  • Şah Sultan

Common last names for Sultan

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 8,134th 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,578 babies born with the first name Sultan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sultan to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • 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 2018 with a total of 107 babies.
  • Random Sultan Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sultan is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 19 babies in California have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Sultan: The name spelled backwards is Natlus. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ltanus. 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.
  • Sultan name meaning

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