Pronunciation and Meaning of Azeri Names

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Introduction

Edwin D. Lawson (State University of New York, Fredonia), Farid Alakbarli (Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences, and Richard F. Sheil (State University of New York, Fredonia) have completed an investigation of Azeri (the language in Azerbaijan) given names. Their work will be the subject of a forthcoming article.
 
This site was developed as part of an investigation into the dynamics of Azeri names and naming from the days when Azerbaijan was under the rule of the Czar until it reached independence in 1991. For the research, one hundred families were visited and asked to describe the given names of family members over three generations. This part of the research describes the over 400 male and female given names that were reported by the respondents.
 
Dr. Alakbarli provided the field collection of the data, the voice rendition, and collaborated on the content of the names analysis; Professor Sheil was the phonetics expert. He translated auditory tape into the BBC-NYTimes Easy Pronunciation as well as the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Aytan Aliyeva also helped with the voice rendition. Professor Sheil and Christopher C. Taverna (Academic Information Technology, SUNY Fredonia) prepared the entries for the website. We would also like to thank Betty Blair, Editor of Azerbaijan International, for her encouragement throughout this project. We are also grateful to Professor Darryl A. Spencer of Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte (North Carolina) for helpful explanations on etymology.

Comments can be directed to edlawson@netsync.net
For further information on names of all kinds, go to the American Name Society site at: http://www.wtsn.binghamton.edu/ANS/
For a comprehensive resource for given names and their meanings, categorized by various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, go to: Baby Names
For further information on many aspects of life and culture go to: http://azer.com/

Order of entry:
  1. English spelling.
  2. Azeri spelling.
  3. Gender.
  4. BBC-NYTimes (Easy) Style of Pronunciation
  5. International Phonetic Alphabet style.
  6. Language(s) of origin, if not Azeri, meaning, historical note, if any.
  7. Total frequency of the name, frequency by period.
Modified BBC Spelling
Further modified to accommodate this project
 
Symbol used Example
VOWELS
ă as in the word hat, camp
ah as in the words father, botch
aw as in the words call, bought, soft
ay as in the words caper, rain
eh as in the words get, ready, Oedipus
ee as in the words beet, receive, feat
o as in the words go, beau, though
ŭ as in the words put, book
oo as in the words moon, couth, juice
uh as in the words above, dumb
ü no equivalent in American English -
akin to the open ü in German, as in the word Hütte -
a degree of lip rounding and tongue arching as if to say the vowel i, as in hit
ö no equivalent in American English -
akin to the open ö in German, as in the word Götter -
a degree of lip rounding and tongue arching as if to say eh, as in get
CONSONANTS
b as in the words bat, blubber
ch as in the words church, catch
x no equivalent in American English -
akin to the ch in Hebrew, as in baruch, or in the Scottish word loch
d as in the words dad, dodder
f as in the words fife, phone
g as in the words go, giggle
h as in the words hip, who
j as in the words joke, gym, adjust
k as in the words kite, cup, luck
l as in the words love, fill
m as in the words men, dumb
n as in the words name, ninny
p as in the words pit, pepper
s as in the words sin, cion, scissor
sh as in the words shoe, schilling
t as in the words tip, fight
v as in the words very, savvy
w as in the words win, awake
y as in the words yet, bayonet
z as in the words size, visible
zh as in the words azure, vision


Example:
example slide
Thus, in the example the first line shows the spelling of the name in English. The second line shows the spelling in Azeri (in this name the letters in Azeri are the same as those in English). It is a feminine name (f). The third line shows the pronunciation in BBC style. The stressed syllable is in caps. The fourth line shows in brackets the pronunciation in IPA style. Below these the language of origin (Azeri from Turkic) is shown and the meaning “unfading.” Finally, the frequency. There were 8 women who bore the name, 1 from Political Time Period 1 (1917 and before), 1 from the second period (1918-1919), 4 from the 3rd period (1920-1940), 1 from the fifth period, and 1 from the sixth.
 
Political Time Periods referred to are:
  1. -1917              Czarist Azerbaijan was part of Imperial Russia
  2. 1918-1919      Independence
  3. 1920-1940      Soviet Period
  4. 1941-1945      WWII Soviet Russian Rule
  5. 1946-1991      Post-War Soviet Rule
  6. 1992-              Independence-2
 
 
Note that the names are presented in seven sections. Begin by clicking on one of the sections. It will take a short time for the section to load. Then it will begin. To stop, click on the two vertical lines above START. To begin again, click on those lines again. It is also possible to move around in the section by clicking on the white part of the moving green line just above two parallel lines at the left (this turns into a right arrow during the PLAY phase).
 
Pronunciation of Azeri Names:

Names Beginning with the Letter A

Names Beginning with the Letters B-E

Names Beginning with the Letters F-G

Names Beginning with the Letters H-J

Names Beginning with the Letters K-L

Names Beginning with the Letters M-N

Names Beginning with the Letters O-R

Names Beginning with the Letter S

Names Beginning with the Letters T-Z

New Feature: You can download the complete listing of all entries by clicking here. (PDF documnet, Adobe Reader is required to open)

Last Modified 02/14/2008

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