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Derviş is the Turkish and Bosnian (Derviš) spelling of the Persian and Arabic word "darwīš" (درويش), referring to a Sufi aspirant. The word appears as a given name and surname in various forms throughout Arabic, Bosnian (a Slavic language), Persian, and Turkish-speaking communities. An etymology for the name is given in the Oxford Dictionary of American Family Names:

Status name for a Sufi holy man, from Persian and Turkish derviş ‘dervish’, a member of a Sufi Muslim religious order, from Pahlavi driyosh meaning ‘beggar’, ‘one who goes from door to door’.

— Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4


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  • Dervish Mehmed, the title and name of several historical Ottoman people


  • Ahmet Derviş (1881–1932), officer of the Ottoman Army and the general of the Turkish Army
  • Kemal Derviş (born 1949), Turkish economist and politician
  • Suat Derviş (1904 oder 1905–1972), Turkish female novelist, journalist, and political activist

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