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PronunciationTurkish: [mehˈmet]
Bosnian: [ˈmɛxmɛd]
Language(s)Turkish, Bosnian, Albanian, Crimean Tatar
Other names
Alternative spellingMehmed
DerivedMuḥammad, مُحَمَّد‎, from Ḥammada, "Praise", حَمَّدَ
Related namesMuhammad, Mohd, Ma

Mehmed (modern Turkish: Mehmet) is the most common Turkish form of the Arabic name Muhammad (Arabic: محمد‎) (Muhammed and Muhammet are also used, though considerably less) and gains its significance from being the name of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. Originally the intermediary vowels in the Arabic Muhammad were completed with an e in adoption to Turkish phonotactics, which spelled Mehemed and the name lost the central e over time.[citation needed] Final devoicing of d to t is a regular process in Turkish. The prophet himself is referred to in Turkish using the archaic version, Muhammed.

The name Mehmet also often appears in derived compound names. The name is also prevalent in former Ottoman territories, particularly among Balkan Muslims in Albania, Bosnia and Kosovo. The name is also commonly used in Turkish culture in the form of Mehmetçik, meaning little Mehmet, for unranked soldiers.

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  • Alp Mehmet (born 1948), British diplomat
  • Billy Mehmet (born 1984), English-Irish footballer of Turkish descent
  • Dave Mehmet (born 1960), English former footballer
  • Mehmet Osman, a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders
  • Naz Mehmet, a fictional character from EastEnders: E20
  • Madina Memet, Chinese actress of Uyghur descent

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