Uzbek, a Turkish language and the official language of Uzbekistan, has an estimated 35 million native speakers. Uzbek belongs to the southeastern Turkic language family and its grammar and lexicon are closely linked to and influenced by Persian, Arabic and Russian. Turkic speakers began settling the area of Uzbekistan as early as 600 – 700 AD, which may explain the morphology and development of Uzbek. Hence, Uzbek does resemble Turkic in sound and syntax. Baby Name World contains many Turkic, Russian and Uzbek baby names and name meanings if you are interested in Western Asian names.