Not to be confused with
Khan ( Urdu: خان) is a surname and title of Central and Western Asian origin, primarily found in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other Central Asian and South Asian countries. It is a common surname among the ethnic Pashtuns of South-Central Asia. Use as a title [edit ]
The surname Khan originates with the honorific
but it original was a kyaste khan surname from Khanna during the Kushan period. Mainly Pakistan, Afghanistan and West China and Mongol area landlords name where Khanna. It has the same 4 words in the suriname when pronouncing it. After Mahmud of Ghazni arrived, he did not like the name of Khanna and so al noble landlords had to converse with force to muslim and cut of their names out of fear from Idol worshipping or Jewish rituals. When Ghengis Khan appeared and Mughal rule the Khanna's mostly changed their name into Khan. Originally used in the Mongol Empire, and later more widely by Islamic chieftains in South Asia. [1 ] The [2 ] British Raj continued the Mughal practice of awarding titles such as Khan Bahadur for Muslims and Rai Bahadur for Hindus.
As a title,
khan is now mainly used by the Pashtuns. In the South Asian Subcontinent a Pashtun is addressed as Khan Sahib routinely whether he has Khan formally as part of his name or not. Moreover, the term Khawanain is used to refer to the Khans, collectively, as rulers, chiefs etc. of Khanates in the North West Frontier Province of India, and later Pakistan, particularly in Hangu, Hazara, Swat, Dir, Mardan and other districts in contemporary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the non-Frontier regions of the Subcontinent Khanates did not exist at anytime in history. Communities using Khan as a surname [edit ]
The communities that use the surname Khan include the Pashtuns/Afghans, Bengalis, Punjabis, Mughals,
Muslim Rajputs, and Turkic people from Central Asia to northern Pakistan; tribes in Pakistan and their descendents in India, Baloch tribes in Balochistan and in Sindh and various Mongol, Turks, and Tatar tribes in central and northern Asia.
The Pashtuns claim that the title of Khan originated from Kahn (sometimes spelled Cahn), a traditionally Jewish name derived from the
Hebrew name Cohen or Kohen or Cohn, denoting priestly/noble lineage. Other usage [edit ]
Khan is also a last name found in
Tatars, a Muslim Turkic speaking group, mostly in Russia. Also been known to be part with Genghis Khan's army. The name Khan has also been used by the Peoples of the Caucasus since the region has a history of Turkic and Mongolic (Mughal) rulers.
It is now a widespread Islamic surname in most countries of
Central and South Asia. Khan is the surname of over 80,000 Islamic Britons, mostly British Asian, making it the 80th most common surname in the United Kingdom, and one of only a handful in the 100 most common surnames which are of neither British nor Irish origin. [3 ] List of people called Khan [edit ] Political or military leaders [edit ] Khan Sahib Samoo Khan Kalyar Zaildar and MLA during british empires born on 1859 multan division punjab pakistan Sultan Suleiman Khan ( Suleiman the Magnificent) (1494–1566) Ottoman Turkish Sultan Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Bacha Khan (1890–1988) Pashtun leader and activist Sardar Farooq Khan Leghari (1940–2010), first Baloch president of Pakistan Khan Sahib Raja Khan Kalyar ZAILDAR/MLA born on1934 title by british empire punjab pakistan Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan (1895–1951), Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Sardar Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan (1892–1942), KCSI, a Premier of the Punjab Sardar Shaukat Hayat Khan (1915–1998), Senior Political figure and lieutenant of the Quaid-i-Azam in the Punjab Lieutenant General Ghulam Jilani Khan (1925–1999), Governor of Punjab 1980 to 1985 Khan Sahib Abdul Majid Khan Tarin OBE (1877–1939), Senior political figure of the North-West Frontier Province, British India Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan (1915–2003), Founder of Azad Jammu Kashmir State Muhammad Hamidullah Khan (1938–2011), Bangladeshi military leader, politician and author Murshid Quli Khan (c. 1665–1727), founder of the Nawab rulers in Bengal Ataur Rahman Khan (1907–1991), a Bengali activist politician, later Chief Minister of East Pakistan Alivardi Khan (1671–1756), Nawab of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa Shaista Khan, Mughal governor of Bengal from 1664 to 1688 Asaf Khan, Wazir (Prime Minister) of Emperor Jahangir and Shahjahan Bostan KhanTarin, 19th century Pashtun clan warrior Akram Khan (born 1970), Indian politician Khan Sahib Shahal Khan Khoso (1909–1956), Baloch leader, MLA West Pakistan Assembly from 1953 to 1956 Amir Khan (Pindari) (1768–1834), Pindari leader in the early 19th century, later the Nawab of Tonk Prince Sadruddhin Aga Khan (1933–2003), diplomat, UN High Commissioner for Refugees from 1965 to 1977 Prince Aly Khan (1911–1960), Pakistani United Nations diplomat Franklin Khan, Trinidad and Tobago politician Fuad Khan (born 1955), Trinidad and Tobago politician Shah Nawaz Khan (general) (1914–1983), Major General of the Indian National Army, one of the three of the famed Red Fort Trio Ayub Khan (field marshal) ex army general/dictator and president of Pakistan Sahabzada Yaqub Khan (born 1920), a Pakistani general and diplomat Sir Muhammad Zafarullah Khan (1893–1985), the first Foreign Minister of Pakistan Malik Umar Hayat Khan
as an Honorary Lieutenant of the 18th King George's Own Lancers, early 20th century watercolour by Major A.C. Lovett (1862–1919)
Nawab Qaim Khan was a 14th-century Ameer of the Delhi Sultanate and chief of Qaimkhani clan Chaudhry Aurangzeb Khan a famous Minhas Rajput during the British era Raja Muhammed Sarfraz Khan (1905–1968), a member of the Pakistan Movement Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan Khokhar, one of Pakistan's first Federal Ministers Muhammed Akbar Khan, the first Muslim to become a General in British Indian Army Iftikhar Khan (1909–1949), had been nominated to become the first local Commander in Chief of Pakistan Malik Umar Hayat Khan (1875–1944), an elected member of the Council of State of India. Sardar Fateh Muhammad Khan Karelvi, played very active role and fought against Dogra army General Raja Sakhi Daler Khan, led many battles against the Dogra forces Shah Nawaz Khan, freedom fighter in India of the Janjua Rajput General Fateh Naseeb Khan, Chief General of Alwar Armed Forces Raja Muhammad Zulqarnain Khan, President of AJK Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan (born 1934), Former Prime Minister and President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Rana Mohammad Hanif Khan (1922–2005), Finance Minister of Pakistan Nisar Ali Khan (born 1954), current opposition leader in the National Assembly of Pakistan Rana Phool Muhammad Khan, MPA from Bhai Pheru (Phool Nagar) Muhammad Khan Junejo (1932–1993), Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Malik Sir Feroz Khan Noon (1893–1970), Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Raja Saroop Khan, Former Governor of Punjab Raja Habib ur Rahman Khan (1913–1978), Indian freedom fighter with the Indian National Army Raja Sakhi Daler Khan Mangral, Kashmiri freedom fighter with the Indian National Army Rana Khudadad Khan, President of Pakistan Muslim League (Punjab) Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Speaker of the Punjab Assembly from 2008 Chaudhry Ali Akbar Khan (1911–1967), Pakistani Federal Minister for Home Affairs 1964–1966 Rana Nazeer Ahmed Khan (c. 1949), Pakistani Federal Minister (1990–1993, 1997–1999, 2002–2004) Raja Tikka Khan (1915–2002), former Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army Asif Nawaz Khan Janjua (1937–1993), former Chief Of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army Muhammad Yusaf Khan (born 1948), former Vice Chief Of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army Shah Nawaz Khan Janjua (1914–1983), Indian freedom fighter with the Indian National Army Khudadad Khan (1888–1971), Minhas, recipient of the Victoria Cross Actors and entertainers [edit ] Aamir Khan, Indian actor (of the famous Khan trio) Adnan Sami Khan (Playback singer, Music Composer) Adil Khan (Norwegian Actor of Pashtun and Punjabi descent) Akram Khan (dancer), a British dancer of Bangladeshi descent Ali Akbar Khan, a Bangladesh Bengali sarod player Arbaaz Khan, Indian actor/director/producer (brother of Salman Khan) Asad Amanat Ali Khan, a Pakistani vocalist Bat for Lashes, real name Natasha Khan, British singer-songwriter and musician of Pakistani descent Chaka Khan, an American R&B singer Farah Khan, Indian film director, choreographer and fashion designer Fardeen Khan, Indian actor (son of Feroz Khan) Feroz Khan, Indian actor and director (father of Fardeen Khan) Helen Richardson Khan, Indian actress (wife of Salim Khan) Imran Khan, Indian actor Imran Khan (singer), Dutch singer of Pakistani Punjabi descent Irrfan Khan, Indian actor Kareena Kapoor Khan, Indian actress (wife of Saif Ali Khan) King Khan, real name Arish Khan, Indian/French-Canadian musician and frontman for the German rock group the Shrines Malaika Arora Khan, Indian actress (wife of Arbaaz Khan) Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani vocalist Praga Khan, real name Maurice Engelen, Belgian techno musician Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani vocalist Roy Sætre Khantatat, Norwegian singer, better known as Roy Khan Saif Ali Khan, Indian actor Salim Khan, Indian script writer (father of Salman Khan) Salman Khan, Indian Megastar and one of the biggest actors of Hindi Cinema (of the famous Khan trio) Sanjay Khan, Indian actor/director/producer (father of Zayed Khan) Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Pakistani vocalist Shahrukh Khan, Indian actor, King of Bollywood (of the famous Khan trio) Shakib Khan, Bangladeshi top hero Sohail Khan, Indian actor/director/producer (brother of Salman Khan) Sudhir, real name Shah Zaman Khan Afridi, Pakistani superstar Yusuf Khan (stage name Dilip Kumar) famous Indian actor of Pashtun origin Zayed Khan, Indian actor (brother-in-law of Hrithik Roshan) In sports [edit ] Jahangir Khan, former World No. 1 professional squash player from Pakistan Jansher Khan, former World No. 1 professional squash player from Pakistan Akram Khan (cricketer), former captain of the Bangladeshi Cricket Team Amir Khan (British boxer), a British boxer Athar Ali Khan, a Bangladeshi former cricketer, selector and cricket commentator Carla Khan, a Pakistani squash player Imran Khan, a former Pakistani cricketer turned political reformer Mir Sultan Khan, a former British chess champion Murad Khan, a Bangladeshi cricketer Nafees Iqbal (Mohammad Nafees Iqbal Khan), a Bangladeshi cricketer Nasim Khan (cricketer born 1976), a Pakistani cricketer Shahid Khan Afridi, a Pakistani cricketer Simon Khan, an English golfer Tamim Iqbal (Tamim Iqbal Khan), a Bangladeshi cricketer Younus Khan, a Pakistani crickter Vitaly Khan, a Kazakhstani freestyle swimmer Zaheer Khan, an Indian Marathi-speaking cricketer In science and technology [edit ] Salman "Sal" Khan, an educator, famous for Khan Academy Abdul Qadeer Khan, an engineer from Pakistan, considered the founder of Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme Fazlur Khan, Bengali-American structural engineer and designer of Chicago's Sears Tower and John Hancock Center M S Khan (1910–1978), a Bengali academic from Bangladesh, "father of the Library and Information Science discipline in Bangladesh" Geoffrey Khan, (b. 1958), professor of Semitic Languages at the University of Cambridge. Others [edit ] Abul Kashem Khan (1905–1991), jurist, political leader, and industrialist from Bangladesh Alan Khan (born 1971), South African radio presenter Amjad Khan (1940–1992), Indian film producer Gauri Khan (born 1971), wife of Indian star Shahrukh Khan Hazrat Inayat Khan, (1882–1927), the founder of Universal Sufism and the Sufi Order International Irene Khan (born 1956), Secretary General of Amnesty International Kiran Rao Khan (born 1973), wife of Indian star Aamir Khan The (unknown) 'M Khan', the subject of many gag routines on because of long-standing graffiti visible from a major London road The Mary Whitehouse Experience [4 ] Mohammad Sidique Khan (1974–2005), a London train suicide bomber Nawab Muhammad Hayat Khan (1833–1901) British-Indian administrator and aristocrat Noor Inayat Khan (1914–1944), a British spy in occupied France Prof. Omer Salim Khan ( Omer Tarin), Pakistani poet, writer, scholar and mystic. Peter Khan (born Afghan-Khan), an Australian member of the Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith Suzanne Khan Roshan, an Indian interior designer, wife of Hrithik Roshan, daughter of Sanjay Khan, and sister of Zayed Khan Shahid Khan (born c. 1952), Pakistan-born American businessman; owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars Syed Ahmed Khan (1817–1898), an Islamic scholar Tariq Ali Khan (born 1943), well-known British-Pakistani writer, intellectual and Socialist Tasmin Lucia Khan (born 1980), a British Bangladeshi journalist and news presenter for BBC News Ahmed Raza Khan (1856–1921), an Sunni Islamic Scholar of south Asia Vilayat Inayat Khan, (1916–2004), former head of the Sufi Order International Zia Inayat Khan, the Pir of the Sufi Order International Fictional characters [edit ] Khan, one of the villains in the Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars computer game Khan, a Chinese-American detective from the 1975 US television series Khan! Khan (comics), Marvel Comics character The Mandarin archenemy of Iron Man whose real name is Khan also from Marvel Comics Jaghatai Khan, the Primarch of the White Scars Space Marines chapter in the fictional universe Warhammer 40,000 Kamal Khan, the main villain in the James Bond film Octopussy Kamal Khan, Mohammed Khan, two Pashtun characters in Rudyard Kipling's famous poem, . The Ballad of East and West Shere Khan, the tiger, in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, also adapted as a cartoon character in a famous Walt Disney Productions movie in 1967. Manga Khan, a DC Comics character Konstam Khan, a character from Diana Wynne Jones' book " The Homeward Bounders". Rizwan Khan, main character in the 2010 Bollywood film My Name Is Khan Shao Khan, the main antagonist in the video game series who is based on a typical Mongolian warlord Mortal Kombat Shiwan Khan, a recurring enemy of The Shadow. Khan Noonien Singh, a prominent Star Trek villain in an original series episode and the principal antagonist in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, then later Star Trek Into Darkness. Haman Khan, a prominent Gundam villain in and the principal antagonist in its sequel Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam ; and her father Maharaja Khan Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Nadir Khan, in Susan Kay's retelling of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera, " Phantom", is the name given to the character known only as "The Persian" and "Daroga" in the original book. See also [edit ] References [edit ]