Khan (surname)

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For the Mongol title, see Khan (title).
Not to be confused with Kahn.

Khan (Urdu, Balochi, Pashto: خان) is a surname and title of Central Asian or Mongolian origin. It is also a Russian-Jewish surname, derived from Kahn.

Use as a title[edit]

Main article: Khan (title)

The surname Khan originates with the Mongolian khan. Originally used in the Mongol Empire, and later more widely by Islamic chieftains in South Asia.[1][2]

Other usage[edit]

Khan is a widespread Islamic surname in most countries of Central and South Asia. Khan is the surname of over 80,000 Islamic Britons, mostly British Asian, making it the 80th most common surname in the United Kingdom, and one of only a handful in the 100 most common surnames which are of neither British nor Irish origin.[3]

List of people called Khan[edit]

  • Khan of Kalat, Khan-e-Baloch or Khan-e-Qalat (Balochi: خان قلات) is the title of former Baloch rulers of State of Kalat.
  • Mir Jalal Khan was the ruler and founder of the First Baloch Confederacy in the 12th century.
Malik Umar Hayat Khan as an Honorary Lieutenant of the 18th King George's Own Lancers, early 20th century watercolour by Major A.C. Lovett (1862–1919)
German Khan, Russian oligarch

Actors and entertainers[edit]

In sports[edit]

Imran Khan, a former Pakistani cricketer, philanthropist and Chairmain of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Amir Khan, a British (Pakistani Origin) who became the WBA Light-welterweight World Champion.

In science and technology[edit]

  • Abdul Qadeer Khan, an engineer from Pakistan, considered the founder of Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme
  • Fazlur Khan, Bengali-American structural engineer and designer of Chicago's Sears Tower and John Hancock Center
  • Geoffrey Khan, (b. 1958), professor of Semitic Languages at the University of Cambridge.
  • M S Khan (1910–1978), a Bengali academic from Bangladesh, "father of the Library and Information Science discipline in Bangladesh"
  • Salman "Sal" Khan, a Bengali-American educator, famous for Khan Academy


Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Khan entry in Hobson-Jobson: the Anglo-Indian dictionary
  2. ^ As cited in The Baburnama, 2002, W.M. Thackston p273.
  3. ^ "Khan in the UK". Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Origin of 'M Khan' Graffiti". 2001-04-12. Retrieved 2012-06-09.