Akar is a Turkish surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- Edward J. Akar, Sierra Leonean economist, lawyer and former Sierra Leone's deputy finance minister
- John Akar (1927–1975), Sierra Leonean of Lebanese descent entertainer, writer, and diplomat
- Hulusi Akar (born 1952), Turkish Army general
- Meltem Akar (born 1982), Turkish female boxer
- Nasuh Akar (1925–1984), Turkish sports wrestler
- Rıdvan Akar (born 1961), Turkish journalist and author.
- Zeki Akar (born 1944), Turkish judge