Nobility of the World
Volume VIII - Turkey
The Ottoman Empire or Ottoman State (Ottoman Turkish: دولتْ
علیّه عثمانیّه Dawlet-il Aliyyat-il Osmāniyye,
Modern Turkish: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu or Osmanlı Devleti), also known by its contemporaries as the Turkish
Empire or Turkey (see the other names of the Ottoman State), was an empire that lasted from 1299 to November 1, 1922 (as an
imperial monarchy) or July 24, 1923 (de jure, as a state). It was succeeded by the Republic of Turkey, which was officially
proclaimed on October 29, 1923.
Titles and Styles of the Ottoman Empire
This is a list of Ottoman titles and appellations. Muslims in the Ottoman Empire carried
titles such as "Pasha", "Hoca", "Bey", "Hanım", "Efendi", etc. These
titles either defined their formal profession (such as Pasha, Hoca, etc.) or their informal status within the society (such
as Bey, Hanım, Efendi, etc.). The sovereigns main
titles were Han, (Great) Sultan and Padishah, of Arabic viz. Persian origin. His full style was the result of a long historical
accumulation of titles expressing the empires rights and claims as successor to the various states it annexed or subdued.
Beside all these imperial titles, "Caesar" of Rome (Kayser-i Rûm) is also one of the main one among the other
titles which is claimed by Sultan Mehmed II since the conquest of Constantinople.
A late version
translates as: Sultan (given name) Khan, Sovereign of the House of Osman, Sultan of Sultans, Khan of Khans, Commander of the
Faithful and Successor of the Prophet of the Lord of the Universe, Protector of the Holy Cities of Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem,
Emperor of The Three Cities of Constantinople, Andrinopole and Bursa, and of the Cities of Damascus and Cairo, of all Azerbaijan,
of the Magris, of Barka, of Kairuan, of Aleppo, of Arabic Iraq and of Ajim, of Basra, of El Hasa, of Dilen, of Raka, of Mosul,
of Parthia, of Diyarbakır, of Cicilia, of the Vilayets of Erzurum, of Sivas, of Adana, of Karaman, Van, of Barbary, of
Abyssinia, of Tunisia, of Tripoli, of Damascus, of Cyprus, of Rhodes, of Candia, of the Vilayet of the Morea, of the Marmara
Sea, the Black Sea and also its coasts, of Anatolia, of Rumelia, Baghdad, Kurdistan, Greece, Turkistan, Tartary, Circassia,
of the two regions of Kabarda, of Georgia, of the plain of Kypshak, of the whole country of the Tartars, of Kefa and of all
the neighbouring countries, of Bosnia and its dependencies, of the City and Fort of Belgrade, of the Vilayet of Serbia, with
all the castles, forts and cities, of all Albania, of all Iflak and Bogdania, as well as all the dependencies and borders,
and many other countries and cities.
The Heir Apparent
was styled in full: Daulatlu Najabatlu Vali Ahad-i-Sultanat (given name) Effendi Hazlatlari, i.e. Crown Prince, with the style
of His Imperial Highness. Other Male descendants of a Sovereign in the male line: Daulatlu Najabatlu Shahzada Sultan (given
name) Hazretleri Effendi, i.e. Prince (given name) Effendi, with the style of His Imperial Highness. The husbands of Imperial
Princesses: Damad-i-Shahyari (given name) Bey Effendi, the latter, only if not possessed of a higher rank or title, with the
style of His Highness. The sons of Imperial Princesses: Sultanzada (given name) Bey-Effendi, i.e. Prince, with the style of
His Highness. The daughters of Imperial Princesses: (given name) Hanimsultan ,i.e. Princess,with the style of Her Highness.
The grandsons of Imperial Princesses merely: (given name) Bey. The granddaughters of Imperial Princesses merely: (given name)
Ottoman Titles during the time of Suleiman
Titles and appellations in the
time of Suleiman the Magnificent, from Albert Howe Lybyer's book "The government of the Ottoman empire in the
time of Suleiman the Magnificent":
- Agha, a general officer.
- Ajem-oghlan (Agiamoglani, lanicerotti [Italianized]) (untrained youth), a cadet or apprentice Janissary.
- Akinji (Achiar, Aconiziae, Aghiar, Alcangi, Alcanzi, Alengi,
Aquangi, laching, Yachinji), the irregular cavalry.
- Alai Bey, a colonel of the feudal cavalry.
- Ameji, a receiver of petitions, etc.
- Arpa-emini, intendant of forage.
- Ashji-bashi, a chief cook.
- Azab, the irregular infantry.
- Berat-emini, a distributor of ordinances.
- Beylerbey (lord of lords), a general of feudal cavalry and governor of a province or
group of provinces.
a director of the three chancery bureaus.
- Beylik Kalemi, a bureau of the Chancery.
- Binbashi (chief of a thousand), a colonel.
- Boluk-bashi (Balucasi), a captain of the Janissaries.
- Bostanji, a gardener.
- Bostanji-bashi, the head gardener of the Sultan's palace -
a high official.
(Italianized), a herdsman.
a chief taster.
(Ciaus), an usher.
chief of the Chaushes - a high official.
- Chelebi, a gentleman.
- Cheri-bashi (chief of soldiery), a petty officer of feudal cavalry.
- Chokadar, a page of high rank.
- Danishmend (Talisman), a master of arts.
- Defterdar, a treasurer.
- Defter-emini (intendant of account-books), a recorder of fiefs.
- Deli, crazy (appellation of a scout or a captain of the Akinji).
- Dervish, a member of a Muslim religious order.
- Deveji, a camel-driver.
- Emin (plural Umena), an intendant.
- Emir, a descendant of the prophet Mohammed.; a commander,
(Imbrahor, Imbroor, Imrakhor, or Imror, Miri-akhor), a grand equerry.
- Ghureba (Caripicus, Caripy, Ciarcagi) (foreigner), a member of the lowest corps of the standing
- Gonnullu, a
volunteer soldier or sailor.
a chief physician.
(Calvalgibassi), a chief confectioner.
- Hoja (Cogia), a teacher; the Sultan's adviser.
- Ikinji Kapu-oghlan, a white eunuch in charge of the second gate of the palace.
- Imam, the Caliph or lawful successor of Mohammed; a leader
of daily prayers.
(Scheni), a page of high rank.
- Itch-oghlan (inside j'outh), a page in one of the Sultan's palaces.
- Jebeji-bashi (Hebegibassi), a chief armorer.
- Jerrah-bashi, a chief surgeon.
- Kaim, a caretaker of a mosque.
- Kanuni, legislator.
- Kapu Aghasi (Capagasi) (general of the gate), the white eunuch in charge of the principal palace.
- Kapudan Pasha, an admiral.
- Kapuji, a gatekeeper.
- Kapuji-bashi (Capiagabasi), a head gatekeeper.
- Kapujilar-kiayasi, a grand chamberlain.
- Kazi (Kadi), a judge.
- Kazasker (Cadilescher, Kadi al asker, Kadi ' esker) (judge
of the army), one of the two chief judges of the Ottoman Empire.
- Kharaji (Carzeri, Caragi), a non-Muslim who pays the kharij.
- Khatib, a leader of Friday prayers.
- Khazinehdar-bashi (Casnandarbasi, Khazinchdar-bashi), a treasurer-in-chief.
- Khazineh-odassi (chamber of the treasury), the second chamber
- Khojagan, a
chief of a treasury bureau.
(Cacaia, Cahaia, Caia, Checaya, Chechessi, Chiccaia, Chietcudasci, Gachaia, Ketkhuda, Quaia, Queaya) (common form of ketkhuda),
a steward or lieutenant.
the lieutenant of the grand vizier.
- Kiaya Katibi, a private secretary of the Kiaya-bey.
- Kilerji-bashi, a chief of the sultan's pantry.
- Kizlar Aghasi (general of the girls), the black eunuch in charge of the palace of the harem.
- Kul, a slave; one of the sultan's slave-family.
- Masraf-shehriyari (imperial steward), substitute for the intendant
a private secretary of the grand vizier.
- Mihter (Mecter), a tent-pitcher; a musician.
- Mihter-bashi, the chief tent-pitcher.
- Mir Alem, the imperial standard bearer.
- Molla, a judge of high rank.
- Mosellem, a fief holder by ancient tenure.
- Muderis, a professor in a Medresseh.
- Muezzin, one who calls Muslims to prayer.
- Mufettish, a special judge dealing with endowments.
- Mufti, a Muslim legal authority; in particular, the Sheik
- Muhtesib, a
lieutenant of police.
a doctor of the Sacred Law.
(candidate), a graduate of the higher Medressehs.
- Munejim-bashi, a chief astrologer.
- Muste emin, a resident foreigner.
- Mutbakh-emini, intendant of the kitchen.
- Muteveli, an administrator of an endowment.
- Naib, an inferior judge.
- Nakib oI-Eshraf, the chief of the Seids or descendants of the prophet Mohammed.
- Nazir, an inspector of an endowment.
- Nishanji, a chancellor.
- Nizam al-mulk, basis of the order of the kingdom (title of
a vizier of Melek Shah).
(head of chamber), the page of highest rank; a corporal of the Janissaries.
- Papuji, a page of high rank.
- Pasha (Bascia, Bassa), a very high official.
- Peik, a member of the body-guard of halbardiers.
- Reis Effendi, or Reis ul-Khuttab, a recording secretary; a recording secretary of the Divan,
later an important minister of state.
- Rekiab-Aghalari (generals of the stirrup) , a group of high officers of the outside service of the palace.
- Rusnamehji, a chief book-keeper of the Treasury.
- Sakka, a water-carrier.
- Sanjak-bey, a high officer of feudal, cavalry and governor
of a Sanjak.
(Seymen-bashi) (master of the hounds), the second officer of the corps of Janissaries.
- Seid, a descendant of the prophet Mohammed.
- Seraskier, a commander-in-chief.
- Serraj, saddlers.
- Shahinji, a falconer.
- Sharabdar (Seracter) (drink-bearer), a page of high rank.
- Shehr-emini (Saremin), intendant of imperial buildings.
- Sheik, a preacher; a head of a religious community.
- Sheik ul-Islam, the Mufti of Constantinople and head of the
a descendant of the prophet Mohammed.
- Silihdar (Selicter, Sillictar, Suiastrus, Suluphtar) (sword-bearer), a member of the second corps of standing cavalry;
the page who carried the sultan's arms.
- Sofi, woolen; a dervish (an appellation of the Shah of Persia).
- Softa (Sukhta), an undergraduate in a Medresseh.
- Solak (left-handed) , a janissary bowman of the sultan's personal guard.
- Spahi (Sipah, Sipahi, Spachi, Spai), a cavalry soldier;
a member of the standing or feudal cavalry.
- Spahi-oghlan (Spacoillain) (cavalry youth), a member of the highest corps of the standing cavalry.
- Subashi, a captain of the feudal cavalry and governor of a
- Sultana, a princess
or queen mother; (the true Turkish form uses a proper name or the word Valideh, followed by Sultan).
- Tahvil Kalemi, a bureau of the Chancery.
- Terjuman, an interpreter (dragoman).
- Terjuman Divani Humayun, a chief interpreter of the sultan.
- Teshrifatji, a master of ceremonies.
- Teskereji, a master of petitions.
- Teskereji-bashi (chief of document-writers), the Nishanji.
- Timarji, the holder of a Timar.
- Ulufaji (Ouloufedgis, Allophase, Holofagi) (paid troops),
a member of the third corps of the sultan's standing cavalry.
- Veznedar, an official weigher of money.
- Vizier (burden-bearer), a minister of state.
- Voivode (Slavic), an officer, a governor.
- Yaya, a fief holder by ancient tenure, owing infantry service.
- Yaziji (laxagi), a scribe or secretary.
- Zagarji-bashi (master of the harriers), a high officer of
(Italianized), lancers or Voinaks.
- Zarabkhane-emini, intendant of mints and mines.
- Ziam, the holder of a Ziamet.
of the Ottoman Empire
- Agha (or
Agha): commander, a title junior to Bey and conferred on military officers on a personal basis.
- Alp: brave warrior, a title conferred during the early years
of Ottoman rule.
ul-Muminin: Commander of the Faithful, one of the many titles of the Sultan of Turkey.
- Bey: a title junior to Pasha and conferred on civil and military
officers on a personal basis; also borne as a curtesy title for the sons of a Pasha.
- Bey Effendi: part of the title of a husband and sons of an
- Beylerbeyi (or
Beglerbegi): Lord of Lords. An office signifying rule over a great province, equivalent to Governor-General. The office entitled
the holder to the personal title of Pasha.
- Beyzade: son of a Bey, a courtesy title borne by a son of a Bey Effendi.
- Binbashi: (literally head of 1000) Major (army) or Commander
(navy). The holder of the rank enjoyed the title of Effendi.
- Khalif (also Caliph or Khalifa): Successor (of the Prophet).
- Khalif ur-Rasul Rub al-A'alimin: Successor of the Prophet
of the Lord of the Universe. The highest earthly title of the Muslim world, enjoyed by the Sultans of Turkey after their conquest
of Egypt in 1517.
Imperial son-in-law, title conferred on the husbands of Imperial Princesses.
- Effendi: master, title equivalent to Esquire; frequently used together with higher titles
in order to indicate signify enhanced status. Used by the sons of Sultans from the reign of Sultan 'Abdu'l Majid I.
- Ferik: Lieutenant-General (army) or Vice-Admiral (navy). The
holder of the rank enjoyed the title of Pasha.
- Ghazi: victorious, a title conferred on leaders who distinguished in war.
- Gözde: noticed (by the Sultan). Style borne by junior
ladies of the Harem when first gaining favour from the Sultan.
- Khadim ul-Haramain us-Sharifain: Protector of the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina, a title
awarded to Salim I by the Sherif of Mecca.
- Haji (or Hacci): honorific used for men who have made the pilgrimage to Mecca.
- Hakhan ul-Barrayun wa al-Bahrain: Lord of the Lands and Seas,
one of the many titles of the Sultan.
- Haseki Kadin Effendi: Lady favourite, title borne by junior ladies of the Harem, who had borne a daughter to a Sultan.
- Haseki Sultana: Princess favourite, title borne by junior
ladies of the Harem, who had borne a son to a Sultan, usually limited to the first four or six to become mothers.
- Hazretleri: style equivalent to Highness.
- Kaimakam: Lieutenant-Colonel (army) or Commander (navy). The
holder of the rank enjoyed the title of Bey.
- Khan (or Hân): a title signifying sovereign or ruler in Turkey, but a very junior title signifying
a male noble, or even a mere name, in other parts of the Muslim world.
- Khakhan: Khan of Khans, one of the many titles of the Sultan of Turkey.
- Khanum: female of Khan, equivalent to Lady.
- Khanum Effendi: title borne by the official wives of Imperial
- Khanum Sultana:
Princess Lady, title borne by the daughters of Imperial Princesses.
- Kizlar Aghasi: Chief of the Eunuchs. The office entitled the holder to the style of His
- Iqbal (or
Ikhal): fortunate, title borne by the favourite Harem ladies of a Sultan.
- Iqbal Effendi (or Ikhal Effendi): title borne by an official favourite wife of a Sultan.
- Kapudan Pasha: Grand Admiral or Admiral of the Fleet.The holder
of the rank enjoyed the title of Pasha.
- Lewa (or Liva): Major-General (army) or Rear-Admiral (navy). The holder of the rank enjoyed the title
- Mahd-i Ulya-i-Sultanat:
crade of the great Sultan, another title for the Sultan's mother.
- Miralai: Colonel (army) or Captain (navy). The holder of the rank enjoyed the title of Bey.
- Mulazim Awal: Lieutenant (army) or Sub-Lieutenant (navy).
The holder of the rank enjoyed the title of Effendi.
- Mulazim Tani: Second Lieutenant (army) or Midshipman (navy). The holder of the rank enjoyed the title of
- Mushir: Field
Marshal.The holder of the rank enjoyed the title of Pasha.
- Nishan (or Nichan): order of chivalry or decoration of honour.
- Padshah (or Padishah): Emperor, one of the many titles
of the Sultan of Turkey.
Lord, a title senior to that of Bey and conferred on a personal basis on senior civil officials and military officers. Awarded
in several grades, signified by a whip, the highest rank being a whip of five Yaks tails.
- Pashazada: son of a Pasha, used as an alternative courtesy
title to Bey.
shell of the pearl of the caliphate, another title for the mother of the Sultan.
- Saraskar: C-in-C.
- Shah: King, title of Persian origin.
- Shah-i-Alam Panah: King, refuge of the world, one of the titles of the Sultan.
- Shahzada (or Shahzade): son of the King, title used for
the sons of Sultans from the reign of Muhammad I.
- Shahzada Hazratlari (or Shahzade Hazretleri): Imperial Highness.
- Shaikh ul-Islam: the title held by the highest ranking Muslim
religious official below the Khalif. The office entitled the holder to the personal title of Pasha together the style of His
- Shalabi (or
Cecebi): gracious lord, title borne by sons of the Sultan until the reign of Muhammad II.
- Silahadar: Master-General of the Ordnance.
- Sipah Salar: General of Cavalry.
- Sultan: title borne by male members of the Imperial family,
particularly after then reign of Muhammad II. When it is used before the given name, together with Khan after the name, it
signifies ruler. When used before the name, Imperial Prince. When used after the name, Imperial Princess.
- Sultan Khan: The Grand Sultan, the chief title borne by the
ruler of Turkey and the Ottoman empire, equivalent to Emperor.
- Sultan us-Selatin: Sultan of Sultan, one of the many titles of the Sultan of Turkey.
- Sultanzada (or Sultanzade): son of a Sultan, the title
borne by the sons of Imperial Princesses.
- Sünnetçi: Circumciser.
- Vali: Governor. The office entitled the holder to the personal title of Pasha.
- Vali Ahad (or Veliaht): Heir Apparent or Presumptive
usually translated as Crown Prince.
- Vali Ahad Zevcesi: Heir Apparent's wife, the title borne by the official wives of the Heir Apparent, equivalent to
Crown Princess but not usually translated.
- Valide Sultana: Princess Mother, the title borne by the mother of a reigning Sultan.
- Vizier: bearer of the burden, i.e. Minister.
- Vizier-i-Azam: Grand Vizier, the title borne by the incumbent
Prime Minister. The office entitled the holder to the personal title of Pasha together the style of His Highness.
- Yuzbashi (or Youzbashi): Captain (army) or Lieutenant
(navy). The holder of the rank enjoyed the title of Effendi.