Altan is a common masculine Turkish given name used also as surname and a Mongolian given name. Altan means "golden" in Mongolian and "red dawn" in Turkic. The related word "Altın" is also Turkish for "golden" and a common Turkish surname.

Given name


  • Ahmet Altan (born 1950), Turkish journalist and author
  • Çetin Altan (1927-2015), Turkish writer, journalist, and former member of parliament
  • Mehmet Altan (born 1953), Turkish economist, columnist and writer
  • Francesco Tullio Altan (born 1942), Italian satire and comic book author
  • Kaan Altan, a founding member of the Turkish rock band Mavi Sakal

  • Altan, Irish folk band
  • Altın, Turkish word also meaning "golden"