Can (name)

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Can (Turkish: [dʒan]) is a common Turkish and Circassian given name and surname, meaning spirit, life, soul or heart. Turkish use is derived from the Persian word Jan and Circassian use is derived from Circassian word Janberk. In Turkish, the name Can is pronounced just like the common English name John.

Given name[edit]

Chinese and Vietnamese[edit]

  • Huy Cận (1919–2005), Vietnamese poet
  • Kun Can (1612 – after 1674), Chinese painter
  • Liu Can (died 318), emperor of the Chinese/Xiongnu state Han Zhao
  • Liu Can (Tang Dynasty) (died 906), official of the Chinese Tang Dynasty
  • Ngô Đình Cẩn (1911–64), member of South Vietnam's Diệm government
  • Nguyễn Bá Cẩn (1930–2009), former Prime Minister of South Vietnam
  • Trịnh Căn (1633–1709), Vietnamese ruler
  • Wang Can (177–217), politician, scholar and poet during Chinese Han Dynasty
  • Wu Can (died 245), official of Eastern Wu during the Chinese Three Kingdoms period
  • Yuan Can (420–477), high-level official of the Chinese dynasty Liu Song
  • Zhou Can(born 1979), Chinese long jumper
  • Zhu Can (died 621), rebel leader during the Chinese Sui Dynasty



  • Joacim Cans (born 1970), member of the Swedish band HammerFall