Meaning of a Turkish name
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Asked by: earlstewart-ga
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12 May 2003 16:41 PDT
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Question ID: 202900
I met a woman who lives in the USA as her legal residence but considers herself Turkish. She goes by the name, Lilly, but her business card says Nilufer Okcuoglu. What is the meaning or translation of this name?
Re: Meaning of a Turkish name
Answered By: read2live-ga on 12 May 2003 22:23 PDT
Hello, earlstewart, This is indeed a Turkish name. I checked with a print dictionary, an online dictionary, and phoned a Turkish friend for confirmation. The literal translation of "Nilufer" is "water-lily" or "lotus", and "Okcuoglu" means "son of an archer" (archer as in bowman, someone who shoots arrows). -oglu is a common suffix on Turkish names, equivalent to our -son. You do not show the accents in your rendering of the name, but in Turkish there should be diacritical marks on the U in Nilufer and on the G in Okcuoglu. The print dictionary used is a Redhouse English >> Turkish Turkish >> English dictionary, the online dictionary is İngilizce-Türkçe Türkçe-İngilizce Sözlük, found at <http://www.seslisozluk.com/> and my friend stays anonymous. Hope that's helpful to you, r2l.
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