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Foreign Name Rules for Turkish Citizenship


Ken Grubb

When you become a Turkish citizen, you can choose a Turkish name if you want one. Or you can keep your birth name if it meets certain rules. If it doesn't meet these rules, it will be changed accordingly.

Turkish Name Rules

  • Your name must only have letters found in the Turkish alphabet, which excludes W, X, and Q.
  • Your given (first and middle) names mustn't exceed two, and only one abbreviation is allowed.
  • Your surname (last name) must be one word
  • There must be no punctuation anywhere in your name.

Turkish Citizenship Law

Turkish Citizenship Law is the Turkish Nationality Act No. 5901 as amended.

Assistance and Support

The Nüfus handles citizenship applications made within Turkey. You can call their national helpline from any telephone in Turkey, at 150. Their international number is +90 312 591 2133 or 2389. It has an English option. For citizenship applications made outside of Turkey, contact your local Turkish embassy or consulate.

Turkish Citizenship Forum: If you have a question about Turkish citizenship, search our citizenship forum to see if it's already been answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic.

Ken Grubb, author.

As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.


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