Khan (surname)

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Khan (Pashto: خان Urdu: خان‎, Persian: خان, Bengali: খাঁন, Balochi: خان) is a surname and title of Mongolian origin.

Use as a title[edit]

The surname Khan originates with the Mongolian khan. Used in the Rourans firstly, and later more widely by Islamic chieftains in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.[1][2]

Other usage[edit]

Khan is a widespread surname in most countries of Central and South Asia particularly among Muslims. Khan is the surname of over 108,674 British Asian people, making it the 12th most common surname in the United Kingdom,[3] and one of only a handful in the 100 most common surnames which are of neither British nor Irish origin.[4]

List of people called Khan[edit]

Palay Khan, a freedom fighter from Zhob area who resisted against the British Raj
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 Ahmed Khan Niazi Shermankhel, a former cricketer, philanthropist and Chairmain of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Amir Khan, an English Khan 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

In Academics (Teaching and Research)[edit]

  • Salman "Sal" Khan, a Bengali-American educator, famous for Khan Academy
  • 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"


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. ^
  4. ^ "Khan in the UK". Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Origin of 'M Khan' Graffiti". 2001-04-12. Retrieved 2012-06-09.