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Sinan (Arabic: سنان‎) is a word found in Arabic and Early Arabic, meaning spearhead.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The name might also be related to the Ancient Greek name Sinon. It was subsequently used as a male given name.

Sinan may refer to:


Pre-20th century[edit]

  • Sinon, warrior in Greek mythology who was involved in the Trojan Wars
  • Mimar Sinan (1489–1588), chief architect and civil engineer for three Ottoman sultans
  • Khaled bin Sinan, pre-Islamic prophet
  • Sinan ibn Thabit, Mandean physician, father of Ibrahim ibn Sinan
  • Ibrahim ibn Sinan (908–946), mathematician and astronomer in Baghdad
  • Rashid ad-Din Sinan (died ca. 1193), known as "Old Man of the Mountain", one of the leaders of the Nizari Ismaili community in Syria[7]
  • Atik Sinan (fl. died 1471), "old Sinan", Ottoman architect

Ottoman officers[edit]

There were several prominent military and government officers referred to as Sinan Pasha in Ottoman history:

Post-19th century[edit]

Buildings, institutions and places[edit]

Chinese and Korean uses[edit]

The transliteration Sinan (unrelated to the Arabic above) may also refer to:



  • Sinan Akdag (born 1989), German professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing for Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL)
  • Sinan Albayrak (born 1973), Turkish TV and film actor. He is the brother of the journalist and activist Hakan Albayrak
  • Sinan Alimanović (born 1954), Bosnian pianist, organist, composer, conductor and arranger
  • Sinan Ayrancı (born 1990), Turkish-Swedish footballer currently playing for FK Bosna 08 in the Swedish amateur division. He previously played for Hammarby Fotboll and IF Brommapojkarna in Sweden and Gençlerbirliği in the Turkcell Super League
  • Sinan Bakış (born 1994), Turkish footballer who plays as a forward for Bursaspor. He made his Süper Lig debut on 15 September 2013 against Gençlerbirliği
  • Sinan Çalışkanoğlu (born 1978), Turkish actor. He is currently a host of the variety show Elin Oğlu
  • Sinān ibn al-Fatḥ, mathematician from Ḥarrān, who probably lived in the first half of the 10th century
  • Sinan Keskin (born 1994), Dutch-Turkish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for FC Utrecht
  • Sinan Kurt (born 1996), German footballer who plays for Hertha BSC and the German U19 national team as a midfielder
  • Sinan Oğan (born 1967), Turkish politician, who won a seat in the Turkish parliament in 2011 with the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party
  • Sinan Ozen (born 1964), popular Turkish singer, musician, songwriter, composer, actor, and TV presenter
  • Asif Sinan, Pakistani Indian classical music and jazz guitarist and singer
  • Sun Sinan (born 1988), Chinese field hockey player. At the 2012 Summer Olympics she competed with the China women's national field hockey team in the women's tournament
  • Sinan Tekerci (born 1993), Turkish footballer who currently plays for Preußen Münster, on loan from Dynamo Dresden. He made his Bundesliga debut for 1. FC Nürnberg on 10 May 2014
  • Sinan Uzun (born 1990), Turkish professional footballer who currently plays as a forward for Menemen Belediyespor on loan from Balıkesirspor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ P. Marcel Kurpershoek (1995). The story of a desert knight: the legend of Šlēwīḥ al-ʻAṭāwī and other ʻUtaybah Heroes. Leiden: E.J. Brill. p. 382.
  2. ^ J.M. Rogers (2006). Sinan. London: I.B. Taurus. p. 9.
  3. ^ J. Milton Cowan (editor) (1994). Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Arabic (fourth ed.). Ithaca, N. Y: Spoken Language Services Inc. p. 505.
  4. ^ Salahuddin Ahmed (1999). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. London: Hurst & Company.
  5. ^ S. A. Rahman (2001). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. New Delhi: Goodword Books.
  6. ^ However, in a footnote Ahmed (1999) explains that سنان means: "'Spear's point, a name of high antiquity'. See Colebrook T. E. 'On the Proper Names of the Mohammadans', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, XXI, p. 246 (1881)." The connotation thus likely suggests a spearhead: the spear's point—its head.
  7. ^ Esposito, John (2004). The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Oxford University Press.