5 Aralık 2014 Cuma

Oglan, Uhlan, Ulan, Clan, Oglach

Oglan, uhlan, ulan, clan.....

That is one of the most widespread Türkic words, recorded as far back as the alphabet writing is in existence, and spread as wide as the black plague in the Middle Ages.

Meaning: The Türkic "son" and its derivatives "offspring, youth, young man, hero, strongman, warrior, rider, cavalryman, militiaman, descendant, clan of descendants, clan, family, stock, and possibly hundreds more semantic derivatives in a number of linguistic families.

The direction of the borrowing can't be questioned, first because in the borrower linguistic families the Türkic word was adopted by some members of the family and not by the others, secondly because all the borrowers were neighboring the Türkic-speaking areal, but not necessarily each other, like for example British Isles and China or Scotland and Korea, and thirdly because within the Türkic-speaking areal all languages, including deviant Chuvash and Sakha, have this word with its prime meaning of "son".

The extant Dictionary definitions of ulan/uhlan/clan etc

1 n. - One of a certain description of militia among the Tatars. 

2 n. - One of a kind of light cavalry of Tataric origin, first introduced into European armies in Poland. They are armed with lances, pistols, and sabers, and are employed chiefly as skirmishers

3 n - "cavalryman," 1753, from Ger. Uhlan, from Pol. ulan "a lancer," from Turk. oghlan "a youth" 

İmparatorluk-Kraliyet Sınırkalesi Oğlanları! (süvarileri)
Imperial-Royal Landwehr Uhlans/Ulanen

4 n - c.1425, from Gael. clann "family, stock, offspring," akin to O.Ir. cland "offspring, tribe," both from L. (Smile, you are on Candid Camera!) planta "offshoot." Gaelic (Goidelic) Celtic had no initial p-, so it substituted k- or c- for L. p-. Clannish is first attested 1776. (The real Türkic source, or at least the Etruscan borrowing is not mentioned out of sheer modesty, or not to burden the tired reader with superfluous details, I guess)

5 n - A traditional social unit in the Scottish Highlands, consisting of a number of families claiming a common ancestor and following the same hereditary chieftain.

6 n - A division of a tribe tracing descent from a common ancestor.

7 n - A large group of relatives, friends, or associates. 

8 n - (From Dahl Russian Dictionary) (Tatar "son"?) (The question mark out of sheer Slavic modesty, I guess)

8.1 - Mounted soldier in tight clothes of special cut, with a spear with a badge or banner

8.2 - Lower commander of ten men, in mines or ore factories

8.3 - Khan's officials during Tatar rule (convoy, nukers?). Ulanian uniform: - cap - kolet, uniform - chikchirs, trousers. (Even encyclopedic Dahl can't write a definition without Türkic words presented as aboriginal Russian)


Old Irish oglach («young», «warrior», «servant»)  is a cognate of the Turkic oghlak («young», «boy»), a variant of the common Turkic oghlan.

The Celtic oglach is interpreted as the combination of og («young») and the suffix lach, forming abstract nouns .

The Turkic oghlak is known to be a derivative of the same ogho, ogh («young») and the noun forming suffix –lak in Turkic languages .

The element ogho, as an independent noun, has survived in the Yakut language in the words «young», «child». That language is known to be one of the old Turkic languages keeping old elements. 

Oghlak is a cognate of modern Turkic oghlan («boy»). Its phonetical variants uhlan, ulan («warrior», «cavalier») are used in modern European languages .

Chingiz Garasharly
The Turkic Civilization lost in the Mediterranean basin
BAKÜ 2011 - Professor, Doctor of Philological sciences 
Azarbaijan President Library e-book : 

"Sümerlerle, Hurrilerle, Hititlerle, İskitlerle, 
Peçeneklerle, Kıpçaklarla, Mayalarla, 
Kızılderililerle, Etrüsklerle 
aynı olmanın ötesinde 
Basklarda, Keltlerde 
hatta günümüz 
İngilizlerinde, Ruslarda ve Tuareglerde 
nasıl bir Türk vurgusu var, 
hem de genetik olarak, 
hiç düşündünüz mü?"

“ … dünya tarihine mührünü vurmuş bir milletin 
argogenetik hikayesidir..."

Osman Çataloluk
Türk'ün Genetik Tarihi.