Turkey is transcontinental: most of the country is located in Western Asia, but a portion is located in Southeastern Europe. Turkey shares land borders with Greece and Bulgaria on the European side, and six other countries (including Armenia and Azerbaijan) on the Asian side.
In 2021, Turkey welcomed 1,079,842 babies — 48.7% were girls, 51.3% were boys.
What were the most popular names among these babies? Zeynep and Yusuf.
Here are Turkey’s top 50 girl names and top 50 boy names of 2021:
Nehir – means “river” in Turkish.
Zümra – based on the Turkish word zümrüt, meaning “emerald.”
Eylül – means “September” in Turkish.
Masal – means “fairy tale” in Turkish.
Yagmur – means “rain” in Turkish.
Öykü – means “story” in Turkish.
Gökçe (pronounced gok-cheh) – based on the Turkish word gök, meaning “sky” or “blue.”
Günes (pronounced goo-NESH) – means “sun” in Turkish.
Ipek – means “silk” in Turkish.
Kumsal – means “beach” in Turkish.
Göktug – like Gökçe, based on the Turkish word gök (“sky,” “blue”).
Poyraz – means “north wind” in Turkish; ultimately based upon the ancient Greek word boreas.
Kuzey – means “north” in Turkish.
Doruk – means “peak” or “mountaintop” in Turkish.
Rüzgar – means “wind” in Turkish.
The girls’ top 100 included Hazal (55th), Ece (80th), Meva (94th), and Simay (98th).
The boys’ top 100 included Efe (65th), Bugra (75th), Demir (87th), and Cihangir (90th).
The following baby names add up to 144, which reduces to nine (1+4+4=9).
“144” girl names: Yuritzy, Harleyquinn
“144” boy names: Constantino, Johnanthony, Oluwalonimi
9 via 153
The boy name Quintavius adds up to 153, which reduces to nine (1+5+3=9).
9 via 171
The following baby names add up to 171, which reduces to nine (1+7+1=9).
“171” girl names: Oluwatomisin
“171” boy names: Konstantinos, Oluwatimilehin
9 via 180
The unisex name Kamsiyochukwu adds up to 180, which reduces to nine (1+8+0=9).
What Does “9” Mean?
First, we’ll look at the significance assigned to “9” by two different numerological sources. Second, and more importantly, ask yourself if “9” or any of the intermediate numbers above have any special significance to you.
“9” (the ennead) according to the Pythagoreans:
“It is by no means possible for there to subsist any number beyond the nine elementary numbers. Hence they called it ‘Oceanus’ and ‘horizon,’ because it encompasses both of these locations and has them within itself.”
“Because it does not allow the harmony of number to be dissipated beyond itself, but brings numbers together and makes them play in concert, it is called ‘concord’ and ‘limitation,’ and also ‘sun,’ in the sense that it gathers things together.”
“They also called it ‘Hyperion,’ because it has gone beyond all the other numbers as regards magnitude”
“The ennead is the first square based on an odd number. It too is called ‘that which brings completion,’ and it completes nine-month children, moreover, it is called ‘perfect,’ because it arises out of 3, which is a perfect number.”
“It was called ‘assimilation,’ perhaps because it is the first odd square”
“They used to call it […] ‘banisher’ because it prevents the voluntary progress of number; and ‘finishing-post’ because it has been organized as the goal and, as it were, turning-point of advancement.”
“9” according to Edgar Cayce:
“Nine – the change” (reading 261-14).
“Nine indicates strength and power, with a change” (reading 261-15).
“Nine making for the completeness in numbers; […] making for that termination in the forces in natural order of things that come as a change imminent in the life” (reading 5751-1).
“As to numbers, or numerology: We find that the number nine becomes as the entity’s force or influence, which may be seen in that whatever the entity begins it desires to finish. Everything must be in order. It is manifested in those tendencies for the expressions of orderliness, neatness. To be sure, nine – in its completeness, then – is a portion” (reading 1035-1).
Does “9” — or do any of the other numbers above (e.g., 18, 63, 99, 144) — have any special significance to you?
Think about your own preferences and personal experiences: lucky numbers, birth dates, music, sports, and so on. For example, maybe your favorite sport is golf, which has 18 holes per game.
Also think about associations you may have picked up from your culture, your religion, or society in general.
If you have any interesting insights about the number 9, or any of the other numbers above, please leave a comment!
Source: Theologumena Arithmeticae, attributed to Iamblichus (c.250-c.330).