Indian Surnames

Indian names are used in India and in Indian communities throughout the world. See also about Indian names.
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AHMAD   احمد     Arabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name AHMAD.
AHMED   احمد     Arabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name AHMAD.
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
Variant transcription of 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
Variant transcription of CHAUDHARY.
CHAUDHURI   চৌধুরী     Bengali
Variant transcription of CHOWDHURY.
CHOUDHARY   चौधरी     Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Variant transcription of CHAUDHARY.
CHOUDHURY   চৌধুরী     Bengali
Variant transcription of 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     Indian, Telugu
Locational surname, from an area called Korra or Korrapalem. In Telugu the word pati means "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
Variant transcription of MISHRA.
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 town in Pakistan which 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     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.
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