Indian Surnames

Indian names are used in India and in Indian communities throughout the world. See also about Indian names.
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ABBAS عبّاس Arabic, Urdu
From the given name ABBAS.
ABBASI عبّاسی Persian, Urdu
From the given name ABBAS.
AHMAD احمد Arabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name AHMAD.
AHMED احمد Arabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name AHMAD.
ANAND आनंद, आनन्द, आनंद, ਆਨੰਦ Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi
Means "happiness, bliss" in Sanskrit.
BACHCHAN बच्चन Indian, Hindi
From Hindi बच्चा (bachcha) meaning "child", a word of Persian origin. This surname was adopted by the Indian poet Harivansh Rai Srivastava (1907-2003).
BANDYOPADHYAY বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায Bengali
From the name of the village of Bandoghat combined with upadhaya "instructor, priest".
BANERJEE বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায, ব্যানার্জী Bengali
Variant of BANDYOPADHYAY.
BHATTACHARYA भट्टाचार्य, ভট্টাচার্য Bengali
From a Bengali title composed of the Sanskrit words भट्ट (bhatta) "scholar, lord" and आचार्य (acharya) "teacher".
CHAUDHARI चौधरी, ચૌધરી Indian, Marathi, Gujarati
Alternate transcription of Marathi चौधरी or Gujarati ચૌધરી (see CHAUDHARY).
CHAUDHARY चौधरी, ચૌધરી Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Nepali
From a title meaning "holder of four", from Sanskrit चतुर् (chatur) meaning "four" and धुरीय (dhuriya) "bearing a burden".
CHAUDHRI चौधरी Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Hindi चौधरी (see CHAUDHARY).
CHAUDHURI চৌধুরী Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali চৌধুরী (see CHOWDHURY).
CHOUDHARY चौधरी Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi चौधरी (see CHAUDHARY).
CHOUDHURY চৌধুরী Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali চৌধুরী (see CHOWDHURY).
CHOWDHURY চৌধুরী Bengali
Bengali form of CHAUDHARY.
DAS दास, দাস, ଦାସ Bengali, Indian, Assamese, Odia, Hindi, Marathi
Means "servant, devotee" in Sanskrit.
D'CRUZ Indian (Christian)
Variant of CRUZ more common among Christians from India.
D'CRUZE Indian (Christian)
Variant of CRUZ more common among Christians from India.
GADHAVI ગઢવી Indian, Gujarati
Meaning unknown, related to the Charan caste of Gujarat.
GUPTA गुप्त, গুপ্তা, ગુપ્તા, ਗੁਪਤਾ, గుప్తా Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu
Means "protected" in Sanskrit.
IYER ஐயர் Tamil
Referred to a person belonging to the Iyer subcaste of the larger Brahmin caste. The Iyer subcaste is traditionally devoted to the God Vishnu.
JAIN जैन, જૈન Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Referred to a person who followed the principles of Jainism, a religion practiced in India. Jains are the followers of Lord Mahavira (599-527 BC).
JOSHI जोशी, જોષી Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Nepali
From Sanskrit ज्योतिश (jyotisha) meaning "astronomer".
KAUR ਕੌਰ Indian (Sikh)
Means "princess", ultimately from Sanskrit कुमारी (kumari) meaning "girl". In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh gave all his Sikh female followers the surname Kaur and all males Singh. In many instances, it is also used as a middle name with the family name serving as the surname.
KORRAPATI కొర్రపాటి Indian, Telugu
From an area called Korra or Korrapalem combined with Telugu పతి (pati) meaning "belongs to".
KULKARNI कुलकर्णी Indian, Marathi
Means "village clerk, revenue collector" in Marathi.
KUMAR कुमार, কুমার, কুমাৰ, કુમાર, କୁମାର, ਕੁਮਾਰ, குமார், కుమార్, കുമാർ, ಕುಮಾರ್ Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Odia, Malayalam, Tamil
Means "boy, prince" in Sanskrit.
MHASALKAR म्हैसाळकर Indian, Marathi (Rare)
Derived from the name of the town of Mhasla in Maharashtra, India.
MISHRA मिश्र Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "mixed, mingled, honourable" in Sanskrit.
MISRA मिश्र Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Hindi मिश्र (see MISHRA).
MOHAMMED محمّد, মুহাম্মদ Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name MUHAMMAD.
MUHAMMAD محمّد, মুহাম্মদ Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name MUHAMMAD.
NAGARKAR नगरकर Indian, Marathi
Derived from the name of the town of Nagar in Maharashtra, India.
NARANG नारंग Indian, Hindi
From the name of a Pakistani town that was in undivided India.
NIBHANUPUDI నిభానుపూడి Indian, Telugu
From the name of a village in Andhra Pradesh, India.
PATEL પટેલ Indian, Gujarati
Means "landowner" in Gujarati.
PATIL पाटील Indian, Marathi
Means "village chief" in Marathi.
RAO (1) రావు, ರಾವ್ Indian, Telugu, Kannada
From Sanskrit राज (raja) meaning "king".
SHARMA शर्मा, শর্মা, শৰ্মা, શર્મા, ਸ਼ਰਮਾ, சர்மா, శర్మ, ശർമ്മ, ಶರ್ಮಾ Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Nepali
Means "joy, shelter, comfort" in Sanskrit.
SHERAZI شیرازی Urdu
Urdu form of SHIRAZI.
SINGH सिंह, ਸਿੰਘ Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit सिंह (sinha) meaning "lion". In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh gave all his Sikh male followers the surname Singh and all females Kaur.
SULTANA سلطانہ, সুলতানা Bengali, Urdu, Maltese
Bengali, Urdu and Maltese form of SULTAN.
TAMBOLI तांबोळी Indian, Marathi
From the Sanskrit word ताम्बूल (tambula) meaning "betel leaves". These leaves are used in rituals and worship, and the name was originally given to a person who grew or sold them.
VEMULAKONDA వేములకొండ Indian, Telugu
Indicated a person from the city of Vemula in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
ZAMAN زمان Arabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name ZAMAN.