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Gender Female
Word/name Arabic
Meaning Faithful, truthful, trustworthy, courageous
Region of origin Middle East
Other names
Related names Emin, Amina, Emmie

Emine is an Arabic-origin given name used for females in Turkey.[1] 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.[1] It is also argued that the word means beautiful.[2]

Origins and variants[edit]

The origin of Emine is Arabic, but its source word has not been clearly established and two accounts are given.[3] It may be either the feminine form of Emin or a derivative of the African, Arabic, English, and Swahili name Amina.[4][5][6] Emmie is considered to be the Western version of the name.[2]

The name of a sixth-century Leinster-based Irish cleric was Émíne.[7] Emine was also the given name of the Roman emperor's daughter who was the lover of the Sultan of Babylon.[8] The name was one of the 16th century Ottoman feminine names recorded in Istanbul.[9]

People with that name include:

Other usages[edit]

The word, Emine, has also been used for geographical areas and places. A headland at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast is called Cape Emine.[10] In addition, there is Emine Mountain or Emine Dagh in Stara planina in Bulgaria.[11][12] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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".[13] In Ijevan, Armenia, a quarters is called Emine kışlağı.[14]

In the 16th century Ottoman Empire, the word, emine, was the term used for export tax.[15]


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  2. ^ a b Emmie Abadilla (3 June 2013). "Turkish Idyll Cappadocia's fairy chimneys & cave churches". The Orthodox Church. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Ursula Whitcher (22 December 2001). "Greetings from the Academy of Saint Gabriel!". Academy of Saint Gabriel. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "What does Emine mean?". BabyNamesPedia. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Turkish names". Behind the Name. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Female Turkish Names". Names. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Sabatino Moscati (1991). The Celts. New York: Rizzoli. p. 662. Retrieved 23 November 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  8. ^ Samuel Lee Wolff (1912). The Greek Romances in Elizabethan Prose Fiction. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 459. Retrieved 23 November 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  9. ^ Ursula Whitcher. "Sixteenth-Century Turkish Names". Academy of Saint Gabriel. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Richard Frucht (2000). Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: From the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism. New York: Garland. Retrieved 23 November 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  11. ^ a b Bogdan Sekuli (1999). "To Remove the Anathema of the Balkans". Politika Misao. XXXVI (5): 78–92. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Paul Wittek (1952). "Yazijioghlu 'Ali on the Christian Turks of the Dobruja". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 14 (3). doi:10.1017/s0041977x00088595. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Maria Todorova (1997). Imagining the Balkans. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 26. Retrieved 23 November 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  14. ^ Erdal Karaman (2010). "Turkish place names in Armenia" (PDF). Journal of Qafqaz University. 29 (1). Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  15. ^ James T. Shotwell; Francis Deák (1940). Turkey at the Straits: A Short History. New York: The Macmillan Company. Retrieved 23 November 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)