Azerbaijani

Attention all! Here’s introducing the vintage country of Azerbaijan, a land best known for its crochets, contrasts and contradictions. But did you know that this nascent nation, brimming with Turkish and Shia Muslims, is also home to a string of unusual wonders like world’s first fireplace and burning mountain. That is right! This little-known, oil-rich land, which has been lying low hitherto, is slowly leaving the ghosts of his war-torn past behind to find its rightful place in the geopolitical map now. It is incredible to know that even amid the territorial tensions and war, the country has managed to produce a wad of visionaries, innovators and artistes and claim several Nobel Prizes too, thereby carving a niche for itself in the global map. From intelligence spy Richard Sorge and Nobel winning physicist Lev Landau to Poet of Independence Ahmad Javad and creator of fuzzy logic Lotfi Zadeh, the country has given the world many notable names to look up to and be inspired by. We bring you the lives and deeds of some such famous Azerbaijanis through their timeline, trivia, and facts captured in the biographies here.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Samira Efendi

Samira Efendi
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR

 2 Mehriban Aliyeva

Mehriban Aliyeva
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 3 Nizami Ganjavi

Nizami Ganjavi
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Listed In: Poets
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1141 AD
Birthplace: Ganja, Azerbaijan
Died: 1209 AD

Nizami Ganjavi was a Persian Sunni Muslim poet. Widely regarded as the greatest romantic epic poet of all time in Persian literature, Ganjavi is credited with bringing a realistic and colloquial style to the Persian epic. Ganjavi's works has had huge impact in many places around the world including India where his style was imitated by many poets like Hatefi.

 4 Emin Agalarov

Emin Agalarov
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR

 5 Vagit Alekperov

Vagit Alekperov
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Founder of Vagit Alekperov
Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 6 Rafael Fiziev

Rafael Fiziev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial arts fighter
Birthdate: March 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Korday, Kazakhstan

 7 Teimour Radjabov

Teimour Radjabov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: March 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
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 8 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: April 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sumqayit, Azerbaijan

 9 Nesrin Cavadzade

Nesrin Cavadzade
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 10 Zabit Samedov

Zabit Samedov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: June 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gardabani, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union

 11 Jaycee Carroll

Jaycee Carroll
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Laramie, Wyoming, United States

 12 Muslim Magomayev

Muslim Magomayev
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: October 25, 2008

 13 Abulfaz Elchibey

Abulfaz Elchibey
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 2nd President of Azerbaijan
Birthdate: June 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan
Died: August 22, 2000

 14 Aras Agalarov

Aras Agalarov
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Real estate entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 15 Imadaddin Nasimi

Imadaddin Nasimi
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1369 AD
Birthplace: Shamakhi, Azerbaijan
Died: 1417 AD

 16 Ramil Guliyev

Ramil Guliyev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: May 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR

 17 Haji Aliyev

Haji Aliyev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Azerbaijan

 18 Aysel Teymurzadeh

Aysel Teymurzadeh
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 19 Nijat Rahimov

Nijat Rahimov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: August 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 20 Albert Selimov

Albert Selimov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

 21 Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: September 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Russian SSR, Soviet Union

 22 Shaquielle McKissic

Shaquielle McKissic
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 23 Chingiz Allazov

Chingiz Allazov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: June 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gardabani, Georgia

 24 Alim Nabiev

Alim Nabiev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: October 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 25 Sahiba Gafarova

Sahiba Gafarova
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shamkhor, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR

 26 Heydar Aliyev

Heydar Aliyev
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Azerbaijan
Birthdate: May 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nakhchivan City.
Died: December 12, 2003

Heydar Aliyev was an Azerbaijani politician. From 1993 to 2003, Aliyev served as the president of Azerbaijan. His presidency has attracted criticism and Aliyev was accused of establishing a dictatorial, repressive, and authoritarian regime. He was also accused of muzzling the press and rigging elections. He died of ill health on 12 December 2003.

 27 Ilham Aliyev

Ilham Aliyev
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 4th President of Azerbaijan (Since 2003)
Birthdate: December 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Ilham Aliyev, son of former president of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, is the incumbent Azerbaijani president. He owned SOCAR, the state-run oil company that made major negotiations with the West. He abolished the presidential consecutive term limit and enjoys a lavish lifestyle, amid allegations of corruption, nepotism, and human rights violations. 

 28 Artur Rasizade

Artur Rasizade
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Azerbaijan
Birthdate: February 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ganja

 29 Lotfi A. Zadeh

Lotfi A. Zadeh
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: September 6, 2017

 30 Chingiz Mustafayev

Chingiz Mustafayev
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR

 31 Samra Rahimli

Samra Rahimli
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 32 Parviz Abdullayev

Parviz Abdullayev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: January 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aghdam, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR

 33 Sharif Sharifov

Sharif Sharifov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: November 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gunukh, Charodinsky District, Dagestan, Russia

 34 Aziza Mustafa Zadeh

Aziza Mustafa Zadeh
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR

 35 Leyla Aliyeva

Leyla Aliyeva
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Ilham Aliyev's daughter
Birthdate: July 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 36 Alim Qasimov

Alim Qasimov
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nabur, Shamakhi, Azerbaijani SSR

 37 Zarifa Aliyeva

Zarifa Aliyeva
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Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Ophthalmologist
Birthdate: April 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shakhtahkty village, Sharur, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Died: April 15, 1985

 38 Aisel

Aisel
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 39 Max Black

Max Black
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: February 24, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: August 27, 1988

 40 Rafael Aghayev

Rafael Aghayev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Karateka
Birthdate: March 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sumqayit, Azerbaijan

 41 Nigar Jamal

Nigar Jamal
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 42 Mirza Fatali Akhundov

Mirza Fatali Akhundov
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Famous As: Writer and Philisopher
Birthdate: July 12, 1812
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shaki, Azerbaijan
Died: March 9, 1878

Iranian Azerbaijani author and philosopher Mirza Fatali Akhundov was the first literary critic and realist writer from his country. He developed the Azerbaijani alphabets and script. The 19th-century author is also remembered as the pioneer of atheism and nationalism in his country. He also criticized Islam and other religions.

 43 Safura Alizadeh

Safura Alizadeh
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 44 Zamira Hajiyeva

Zamira Hajiyeva
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Jahangir Hajiyev's wife
Birthdate: July 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Azerbaijan

 45 Nik Caner-Medley

Nik Caner-Medley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beverly, Massachusetts, United States

 46 Magomedrasul Majidov

Magomedrasul Majidov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Akushinsky, Dagestan, Russia

 47 Arkadij Naiditsch

Arkadij Naiditsch
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

 48 Khurshidbanu Natavan

Khurshidbanu Natavan
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 6, 1832
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shusha
Died: October 2, 1897

Khurshidbanu Natavan was an Azerbaijani poet and philanthropist. Regarded as one of the most prominent lyrical poets of Azerbaijan, Natavan was best known for her lyrical ghazals. Also a well-known philanthropist, Khurshidbanu Natavan worked towards promoting the cultural and social development of Karabakh. She is credited with building an aqueduct, which relieved the townsfolk of their water problem.

 49 Eldar Gasimov

Eldar Gasimov
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 50 Nariman Narimanov

Nariman Narimanov
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 2, 1870
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi
Died: March 19, 1925

Nariman Narimanov was an Azerbaijani Bolshevik revolutionary, writer, publicist, and politician. He headed the government of Soviet Azerbaijan for just over one year in 1920-21 and served as the chairman of the Azerbaijani Revolutionary Committee (Azrevkom). As a literary expert, he translated into Turkic Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector and authored many plays, stories, and novels.