Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Muslim : from a personal name based on Arabic suḷtān ‘ruler’. This was the title of rulers in many parts of the Muslim world, including the monarch of the Ottoman Empire.
  • English : see Soden.
  • Spanish (Sultán), Polish (Sułtan) : nickname for someone who behaved in an outlandish or autocratic manner, from Arabic suḷtān ‘sultan’.