|Meaning||Faithful, truthful, trustworthy, courageous|
|Region of origin||Middle East|
|Related names||Emin, Amina, Emmie|
Emine is an Arabic-origin given name used for females in Turkey. It has three major meanings: (1) one whom you can trust and believe in; (2) one who is benign and innocuous, and (3) one who is fearless and courageous. It is also argued that the word means beautiful.
Origins and variants
The origin of Emine is Arabic, but its source word has not been clearly established and two accounts are given. It may be either the feminine form of Emin or a derivative of the African, Arabic, English, and Swahili name Amina. Emmie is considered to be the Western version of the name.
The name of a sixth-century Leinster-based Irish cleric was Émíne. Emine was also the given name of the Roman emperor's daughter who was the lover of the Sultan of Babylon. The name was one of the 16th century Ottoman feminine names recorded in Istanbul.
People with that name include:
- Emine Ayna (born 1968), Turkish politician
- Emine Bilgin (born 1984), Turkish weightlifte
- Emine Bozkurt (born 1967), Dutch politician of Turkish descent
- Emine Çaykara (born 1964), Turkish historian and writer
- Emine Demir (born 1993), Turkish footballer
- Emine Ecem Esen (born 1994), Turkish footballer
- Emine Erdoğan (born 1955), wife of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
- Emînê Evdal (1906–1964), Kurdish male writer, linguist and poet
- Emine Gümüş (born 1992), Turkish footballer
- Emine Hatun (died 1449), wife of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed I
- Emine Mihrişah Sultan (ca. ? – 1732), French-born second concubine of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed III, and the mother of Mustafa III
- Emine Nazikeda (1866–1941), principal consort of Sultan Mehmet VI, the last Ottoman sultan
- Emine Semiye Önasya (1864-1944), Turkish writer
- Emine Sevgi Özdamar (born 1946), Turkish-German actress, director and author.
- Emine Ülker Tarhan (born 1963), Turkish jurist and politician
- Suzan Emine Kaube (born 1942), Turkish-German writer, painter and pedagogue
The word, Emine, has also been used for geographical areas and places. A headland at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast is called Cape Emine. In addition, there is Emine Mountain or Emine Dagh in Stara planina in Bulgaria. The other related geographical term with the word is Emine Balkan, which was used by the Bulgarians instead of Rumeli (Roman country) referring to the territory of Bulgaria where some Turkish tribes had lived since 11th century. Here the word is not derived from Arabic, but from Greek Haemus: Αἵμον (acc.) which is, in turn, a derivative of *Ἔμμωνα, Emona, discovered in documents of the early 14th century. However, Maria Todorova claims that Emine Balkan is the literal Ottoman translation of "Haemus mountain" and that the term was also employed by the Ottomans who derived the word Emine from the Byzantine words "Aimos", "Emmon", and "Emmona". In Ijevan, Armenia, a quarters is called Emine kışlağı.
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