Turkish surnames are straight out of Game of Thrones

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So you know how most last names are job-based, like Smith, Baker, Shoemaker, and whatever else people were doing back in the middle ages? Even if you switch over to a non-English speaking country, you’ll get translated versions of the same thing, as everyone just decided one day to call themselves whatever job they were doing, and moved on. Up in Scotland they went with “Son of,” and kept that going for a while, which is a pretty popular pattern in a lot of other countries too.

Not so with Turkey.

At some point, probably sometime back in the day the Turks were conquering everything in sight, someone came up with the idea to name himself after a goddamn lion.

Aslan.

Yes, Aslan means lion. And some guy named himself Lion.

And you know what other people did?

They named themselves after every other vicious animal or ferocious force of nature they could possibly think of, which remains the standard to this day.

May I present to you, the 20 most common Turkish surnames, in all their Game of Thrones-esque glory:

Top 20 Turkish Surnames
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This is pretty great. I don’t know who the hell came up with this idea, but whoever it was deserves a damn medal. It’s like what Klingon last names would be.

India and Nepal aren’t half bad either.

That’s all for now. But if you know the story behind all this, be sure to share!


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