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For other uses, see Mithridates (disambiguation).
Gender Male
Word/name Persian
Meaning Gift of Sun
Region of origin Iran (Persia)
Other names
Related names Mihrdat, Mitradat, Mert, Mithad

Mehrdad (Persian: مهرداد‎‎; About this sound [mɛhrdɑːd] ) is a common Persian male given name in Iran and Azerbaijan. It means "Gift of Love", "Sun of Justice" or "Gift of Sun". In Persian language "Mehr" means Sun or Love and "Dâd" means Justice or Given. 'Mehrdad' is a historical Persian name that derives from Middle Persian Mithridates, a theophoric name meaning "Given by Mehr." 'Mehr' in turn derives from Avestan Mithra, the Zoroastrian divinity and hypostasis of covenant.

In present-day Iran, the name Mehrdad is also retroactively applied to several historic figures that appear in western literature as Mithridates, a hellenized or philhellenic form of the Old Iranian name.

People named Mehrdad[edit]


  • Schmitt, Rüdiger (1970), "Die theophoren Eigennamen mit altiranisch *Miθra-", Acta Iranica, 17: 395–455 

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