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    -um suffix

    Hi,

    Is -um a suffix for making feminine names? For example xan + um becomes xanum, or beg + um = begum. Are there other examples?

    Thanks.

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    Re: -um suffix?

    You sure you are in the right forum? The words you gave are not of Turkey's. "xanum" seems Uzbek to me, so is "begum". Definitely not belong to here.
    But I can understand what they mean, so to give your answer, No. "hanım" and "begüm" are proper root names without any suffixes or prefixes.
    Only feminine maker suffix I can think of is -e. If you add it to Arabic origin words you'll get feminine. For example "sefire". 'sefir' means counsular. Thus 'sefire' is a female consular.
    Cheers
    Last edited by SARI7; 18th February 2013 at 10:18 AM.

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    Re: -um suffix?

    Thanks! These words are widely used in Persian. Considering most of non-Persian people who had these names were Turkic, I thought I could find a trace in Turkish language. Probably they have some Tatar or Mongolian roots. I think I'd better post it in etymology forum.

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