Meaning and Origin of: Mogul

Family name origins & meanings

  • Turkish (Mügül), Iranian, Pakistani, or Indian : from Persian Moghol, literally ‘Mongol’. This was the name of the dynasty, of Mongolian origin, which ruled most of northern India from the 16th to the 19th centuries, noted for their military prowess, efficient administration, and religious tolerance.
  • As an English word, this term became extended to denote any powerful ruler or businessman; it may be an English nickname for a powerful person of an autocratic disposition.