Type Country
Scripts پاکستان(Urdu, Shahmukhi) Пакистан(Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian)
Pronounced Pron. /ˈpæk.ɪ.stæn/(English) /ˌpɑːk.ɪ.ˈstɑːn/(English) /pa.ˈki.stan/(Polish) /pə.kʲɪ.ˈstan/(Russian)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

From Persian پاک (pak) meaning "pure" and the suffix ستان (stan) meaning "land of". The name was coined in 1933 by the Pakistani nationalist Choudhry Rahmat Ali who justified it as an acronym of Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir and Sindh, plus the final three letters of Baluchistan.

Related Names

Rootspak + stan
Other Languages & CulturesPákistán(Czech) Pakestan(Persian) Paquistão(Portuguese) Pakistán(Spanish)
Same SpellingPákistán, Pakistán
User SubmissionPäkistan


Entry updated April 23, 2024