Sultanzade is an Ottoman title for sons of Ottoman princesses, female descendants of sovereign in male line. Same with şehzade, sultanzade also translated as "prince" in English. The feminime equivalent is hanimsultan.


Sultan (سلطان) is a word Arabic origin, originally meaning "authority" or "dominion" and -zade is a Persian suffix meaning 'son of', 'daughter of', 'descendant of', or 'born of'. Sultanzade literally meaning "descendant of sultan".

Usage in Ottoman family

In Ottoman family, sultanzade used by sons of Ottoman princesses, female descendants of sovereign in male line. Different with şehzade, sultanzade excluded from the Ottoman imperial succession.

The formal way of addressing sultanzades are Sultanzade (given name) Bey-Efendi. Bey (Ottoman Turkish: باي) is a Turkish title for chieftain, traditionally applied to the leaders (for men) of small tribal groups. Effendi, Effendy, or Efendi (Ottoman Turkish: افندي) is a title of nobility meaning a Lord or Master.[1]

The feminime equivalent title is hanimsultan (Ottoman Turkish: خانم سلطان), from the title hanim, Turkish form of the Mongolian title khanum, feminime equivalent of khan or khagan, with the title sultan, Arabic word originally meaning "authority" or "dominion". Hanimsultan is title for daughters of Ottoman princesses and carrying after given name. The official style of sons of sultanzades was simply bey after their name and daughters of sultanzades was simply hanim after their name. This all titles are still used by Osmanoğlu family.

Example of sultanzades

See also


  1. El-Messiri, Sawsan (1997). Ibn Al-Balad: A Concept of Egyptian Identity. Brill Publishers.

Further reading

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