Indian Submitted Surnames

Indian names are used in India and in Indian communities throughout the world. See also about Indian names.
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ADHIKARI     Nepali, Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Odia
Indo-Nepalese surname with an unknown meaning.
ADVANI     Pakistani, Sindhi, Indian
Sindhi Hindu surname meaning "descendant of Adu", most likely referring to the name of a past ancestor.
AHUJA     Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Indian (Sikh)
Sikh name meaning "descendant of Ahu", based on the name of a clan in these communities (see Arora). Ahu is presumably the name of an ancestor; the suffix -jā is patronymic.
AISHA     Urdu
AKBAR     Pakistani, Bengali (Muslim), Indonesian, Indian (Muslim), Afghani, Arabic, Persian
From the given name Akbar, itself derived from the Arabic أَكْبَر (’akbar) "greater, greatest", the elative degree of كَبِير (kabīr) "big, large, great". It is most widely used in the Islamic takbir: الله أكبر (Allāhu Akbar) meaning "God is the greatest".
ALAM     Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Hindi, Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Indonesian, Afghani
Means "flag, banner, emblem", derived from the Arabic علم ('alam).
AMEEN     Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Bengali (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Amin.
ANAND     Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Urdu, Kannada
From the given name Anand.
ANJUM     Pakistani, Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu
From the Arabic نَجْم (najm) meaning "celestial body, star, planet".
ANNE     Indian
Indian (Andhra Pradesh); pronounced as two syllables: Hindu name of unknown meaning.
ARADHYA     Indian, Sanskrit
Means "one who worships god". Commonly seen in India, Karnataka and other parts of India like kashi. They wear holy thread (yagnopaveetha).
ARIGE     Telugu
This name is famous surname in telugu states of South India.
ARORA     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh), Sindhi
Hindu and Sikh name derived from اروهڙ (Aror), the name of the former capital of Sindh, India (now a part of Pakistan and known as روهڙي (Rohri)). The name itself is derived from the Hindi and Punjabi Aur meaning "someone else", used by the past Aroras to escape persecution.
ASHIQ     Pakistani, Punjabi, Urdu
From Arabic عَاشِق (ʿāšiq) meaning "in love with, enamored, infatuated" or "admirer, lover, adorer", ultimately from عِشْق (ʿišq) "being in love".
ASIF     Urdu
AYYAGARI     Indian
Owner, Teacher
AZMAT     Pakistani, Urdu
Derived from the Arabic عَظَمَة (ʿaẓama) meaning "majesty, glory".
BAJWA     Pakistani, Urdu, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
From the Persian باز (bâz) meaning "hawk, falcon". Used by both Pakistani Muslims and Indian Sikhs.
BALAKRISHNAN     Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
Derived from the given name Balakrishna.
BALIJA     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting either "traders/merchants" or "agriculturists".
BALJI     Indian, Telugu
Another form of Balija.
BANGLA     Bengali
From বাংলা (Bangla), the endonym of the Bengali people, the region of Bengal (including Bangladesh), and the Bengali language. The word itself is derived either from Vanga, the name of an ancient kingdom on the Indian subcontinent, or from an Austric word meaning "sun god".
BANSAL     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Probably related to the Sanskrit वंश (vaṃśa) meaning "bamboo, sugar cane" or "lineage, stock, pedigree".
BASUMATARY     Indian, Bodo, Assamese
Means "mother earth" or "earthly folks", a Sanskritized form of the Bodo name Baisamatari.
BAWA     Punjabi
Sikh name based on the name of a Jat clan. It is also a title given to the male descendants of the first three Sikh gurus.
BEGUM     Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Pakistani, Kashmiri, Urdu, Telugu, Assamese, Hindi, Odia, Punjabi
From the Persian بیگم (beygom), Urdu بیگم (begam), and Hindi बेगम (begam) all meaning "lady, madam", used as a royal title for Muslim females in Central and South Asia... [more]
BEY     Indian (Muslim), Assamese, Turkish, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the Ottoman Turkish title بك (beg) (modern Turkish bey) meaning "ruler, chief, lord, master".
BHATT     Indian, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Nepali
Variant of Butt used in India and Nepal.
BILN     Indian
BOURASSA     Indian
Seems to be an Indian name. I am in touch with a relative whose family were Pottawatomi Indians in Oklahoma. This name comes from that reservation.
BULSARA     Indian (Parsi), Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati
Parsi surname derived from the name of the Indian city of Bulsar (today known as Valsad), which was a center for Zoroastrianism in the 17th century. A famous bearer of the surname was Farrokh Bulsara (also known by his stage name Freddie Mercury; 1946-1991), a British singer and songwriter.
BUTT     Pakistani, Punjabi, Urdu
Most likely derived from the Sanskrit भटट (bhatt) meaning "scholar". This particular spelling is more common among Punjabis and Pakistanis.
CAVARAI     Indian, Tamil
Variant transcription of Kavarai.
CHAKKILIYAN     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting "cobblers" and "leatherworkers".
CHAKKIYAM     Indian, Telugu
Another form of Chakkiliyan.
CHAKRABORTY     Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Means "ruler of a country" or "emperor"; from Sanskrit चक्र (cakrá) meaning "wheel, circle" combined with वर्तते (vártate) meaning "to turn, to roll". The name literally means "turning wheels" or "rolling wheels", but metaphorically denotes a ruler whose chariot's wheels roll everywhere without hindrance or obstruction.
CHANDER     Indian, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi
Variant of Chandra.
CHANDRA     Indian, Bengali, Indonesian, Hindi, Telugu, Fijian
Derived from the Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) "glittering, shining" or "moon" (see the given name Chandra). In Hinduism, this is the name of a lunar deity. This surname is also used in Indonesia and Fiji.
CHANDRAN     Indian, Malayalam, Tamil, Malaysian
Derived from the Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) meaning "glittering, shining" or "moon" (see the given name Chandra or the surname Chandra). It is also used by Malaysians of Indian ancestry.
CHANDRASEKHAR     Indian
A Hindu name meaning literally "holder of the moon" (an epithet of the god Shiva). A notable bearer of this surname was the Indian-born US physicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995); the Chandrasekhar limit, i.e. the upper limit for the mass of a white dwarf star beyond which the star collapses to a neutron star or a black hole, is named after him.
CHATEN     Indian
Chetan
CHATTOPADHYAY     Bengali
From the name of the village of Chaṭṭa combined with the Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) "teacher, instructor, priest".
CHAVALI     Telugu
Brahmin last name of South India, Andhra Pradesh
CHETTI     Indian, Tamil
Variant transcription of Chetty.
CHETTY     Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting a trader.
CHOHAN     Indian
It denotes a clan within the Rajput caste.
CHOPRA     Indian, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh), Hindi
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Khatri Sikh Punjabi clan, but the surname is also used in Punjabi Hindus and Jains. A notable bearer is Priyanka Chopra (1982-), an Indian actress and former Miss World of 2000.
CHOUDHRY     Indian
Choudhry is a title meaning "Head" of an institute, organization. It similar to "Sir" given by English. The people who migrated from West Punjab part of India (before 1947 partition) had these titles that they started using as Surnames.
CHOUREY     Hindi
chourey surname basically belongs to kurmi caste
CHUCKLER     Indian, Telugu
Telugu occupational name for a leather worker, a job historically considered spiritually polluting and impure in India, where the surname belongs to Dalit, or "Untouchables" - members of the lowest caste.
DANI     Gujarati, Sanskrit
Indian (Gujarat): Hindu Vania name, from the Sanskrit epithet dani ‘liberal in giving’.
DAR     Kashmiri, Pakistani, Indian
Variant of Dhar used by Kashmiris in Pakistan.
DASGUPTA     Indian, Bengali
Combination of Das and Gupta.
DASS     Indian, Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, Malaysian
Variant of Das.
DATTA     Bengali, Indian, Odia
Variant of Dutta used in Bangladesh.
DAVE     Indian
Who knows Vedas that known as Dave
DEVI     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Odia
From Sanskrit देवी (devī́) meaning "goddess, female deity" (see the given name Devi). It is used as a surname by women who did not originally have a family name. In 2014, this was the second most common surname in the world and the most common in several Indian states.
DEWAN     Indian, Pakistani
Status name for a treasurer or court official, from Arabic diwan "royal court", "tribunal of justice", or "treasury". Under the Mughal administration in India the dewan was usually the highest official in a state.
DEY     Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Odia
Either a variant or Dev or Deva meaning "deity, god" (from the Sanskrit देव (devá)) or derived from the Sanskrit deya meaning "suitable for a gift".
DHALIWAL     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Possibly derived from दारानगर (Daranagar), the name of an ancestral town in Uttar Pradesh, India. Mainly used by Sikhs in the state of Punjab.
DHAR     Indian, Bengali
Most likely from Bengali ধার (dhāra) meaning "credit"; ultimately from Sanskrit उद्धार (uddhara) meaning "deliverance, salvation, release".
DHAR     Indian, Urdu, Kashmiri
Kashmiri Brahmin surname of unknown meaning.
DOSHI     Gujarati
Hindu name meaning ‘hawker selling cloth’ in Gujarati, from Persian dush ‘shoulder’ + the agent suffix -i (because the cloth was carried over the hawker’s shoulder).
D'SOUZA     Indian (Christian), Konkani, Marathi, Pakistani, Kannada
Indian form of the Portuguese surname De Souza (or De Sousa) meaning "of Sousa", referring to the Sousa River flowing through northern Portugal. Sousa itself is derived from the Latin saxa, saxum meaning "stone, rock"... [more]
DURGA     Indian, Odia, Telugu
From the given name Durga, the name of a Hindu warrior goddess.
DUTTA     Indian, Bengali, Assamese
From the Sanskrit दत्त (datta) meaning "given, granted".
DWIVEDI     Indian
This surname has multiple meanings, the most commonly accepted etymology is that Dwivedi means a person who has the knowledge of two Vedas, but there exists a conflicting view since Dwivedis are given higher status than Chaturvedis or Chaubeys... [more]
ELAMKUNNAPUZHA     Malayalam (Rare)
Elamkunnapuzha is a village in Ernakulam district in the Indian state of Kerala.... [more]
GANDHI     Indian, Punjabi, Gujarati
Surname found in Modh Vanik caste of Gujarat and Khatri caste of Punjab. A famous bearer of this surname is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Indian civil rights leader.
GANGOPADHYAY     Bengali
From the name of the village or river Ganges combined with the Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
GANGULY     Bengali
Variant of Gangopadhyay.
GANJOO     Indian, Urdu, Persian
Ganjoo is a surname from Kashmiri Pandit clan . The original name was Ganwar, meaning Person in charge of Treasury in Kings court. This name gradually changed to Ganjoo or Ganju.
GEEVARGHESE     Indian (Christian), Malayalam
From the given name Geevarghese, a form of George.
GENTOO     Indian, Telugu, Portuguese
It is a Telugu name, most likely meaning "Gentile". It was first used by the Portuguese.
GHOSH     Indian, Bengali (Hindu)
Bengali Hindu derived from Sanskrit घोष (ghoṣa) "noise, sound or "cry, holler, yell". Alternatively, it could mean "cowherd" or "milkman", also from Sanskrit.
GHOSHAL     Indian, Bengali
Possibly derived from the surname Ghosh.
GOEL     Indian
Indian (northern states): Hindu (Bania) and Jain name of unknown origin, based on the name of a clan in the Agarwal Bania community.
GOGULA     Indian, Telugu
Possibly from Telugu గోగు (gōgu) "hemp plant".
GOPAL     Indian, Hindi, Odia, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi
From the given name Gopal.
GOPALAKRISHNAN     Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
Combination of Gopala and Krishna.
GOSWAMI     Indian, Bengali (Hindu), Hindi, Assamese, Marathi
Hindu surname derived from Sanskrit गो (go) meaning "cow, ox" or "earth" combined with स्वामी (svāmī) meaning "master, lord".
GOVANI     Indian
The meaning of the word is made up of two parts i.e. Go and vani ... [more]
GOYAL     Indian
Variant of Goel.
HAQUE     Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Assamese, Pakistani
Derived from the Arabic حَقَّ (ḥaqqa) meaning "true, right, correct".
HASHMI     Pakistani, Urdu, Punjabi, Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Afghani
From the Arabic هاشم (hashim) meaning "crusher, breaker of bread" (see Hashim). This surname refers to the Arab Banu Hashim clan (also called Hashemites) of the Quraysh tribe that the Islamic Prophet Muhammad was a member of.
HAZRA     Indian, Bengali
Possibly from the name of a location near Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
HEMAN     Indian
The name 'Heman' is a Jewish name, meaning 'Faithfull'.... [more]
HIMALAYA     Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Polynesian
Derives in or around. Philippines. Hawaiian. Asia. India. Nepal. and is used as a Sir Name. ... [more]
HIREMATH     Indian, Kannada
Hindu surname from Karnataka with an unknown meaning.
IMAM     Bengali (Muslim), Pakistani, Urdu, Indian (Muslim), Nigerian, Arabic, Indonesian
From the Arabic إمام‎‎ (ʾimām) meaning "leader, guide", used as an Islamic title for the leader of worship at a mosque and a Muslim community.
ISLAM     Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Assamese, Hindi
Derived directly from the name of the religion of Islam, which is from Arabic الإسلام (al-ʾIslām), which in turn is derived from the Arabic إسلام (ʾislām) meaning "submission".
JANI     Indian, Hinduism
From Sanskrit jñānī ‘knowing’, ‘learned’.
JESU     Indian
JHA     Indian, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali
Shortened form of the Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
JHALA     Indian, Gujarati
Gujarati clan name with an unknown meaning, possibly from Jhalawar, the name of a former princely state and current city in India or from the Hindi झाला (jhala), a term in classical Hindustani music.
JOLAHA     Indian, Muslim
Means "weaver".
KABARIA     Indian, Muslim
Means "greengrocer".
KABIR     Bengali (Muslim), Nigerian, Pakistani, Indian (Muslim), Afghani, Persian
From the Arabic كَبِير (kabīr) meaning "big, large, great" (see Akbar).
KALITA     Indian, Assamese
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Hindu caste in the Indian state of Assam.
KALLA     Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "priest".
KALLAN     Indian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Kalla.
KALSI     Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Meaning unknown. Kalsi is a clan to Sikhs while it is a sub-caste to Lohars.
KAMAT     Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Konkani
Means "people who work in soil" from काम (kām) meaning "work, task, labour" combined with मिट्टी (miṭṭī) meaning "soil, earth".
KANNAN     Indian, Tamil
From the given name Kannan, the Tamil variant of Krishna.
KAPADIA     Gujarati, Hinduism, Indian (Parsi)
Indian (Gujarat, Bombay city, Rajasthan): Hindu (Bania, Vania) and Parsi name meaning ‘cloth merchant’ in Gujarati, from kapə̣d ‘cloth’ (Sanskrit karpạta) + the adjectival suffix -ya.
KAPOOR     Indian
From a Sanskrit personal name meaning literally "camphor".
KAPU     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting an "agricultural worker".
KAPUR     Indian
Alternate spelling of Kapoor.
KARAL     Indian, Bengali
This Surname was given in honour by the Britishers to Nikhil Chandra Banerjee to recognize his efforts in constructing The Karali Kali temple in Dhaka,now the capital of Bangladesh. It was a very expensive construction and still attracts tourists every year... [more]
KARI     Finnish, German (Austrian), Slovene (?), Hungarian, Indian, Marathi
As a Finnish name, it is a topographic and ornamental name from kari "small island", "stony rapids", "sandbar", or "rocky place in a field". This name is found throughout Finland.... [more]
KAVARAI     Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "landowner".
KHAN     Pakistani, Muslim, Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Pashto, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kashmiri, Odia, Assamese, Punjabi
Derived from the given name Khan, which is from the Turkic title khan meaning "leader, ruler". It is Mongolian in origin, but is primarily used in Muslim-majority countries such as Pakistan.
KHARE     Indian, Marathi, Hindi
From Hindi and Marathi खरे (khare) meaning "pure, true".
KHATUN     Indian, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Odia
From the Persian خاتون (xātūn), the feminine equivalent of خان‎ (xân), referring to the Turkic title khan (see Khan) or khagan.
KOIREE     Indian
Denotes "weaver" in Hindi.
KOMATI     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting "trader".
KONDA     Telugu
Hindu name meaning ‘hill’ in Telugu.
KRISH     Indian
Shortened form of Krishna or of any other name beginning with Krishna (such as Krishnan, Krishnaswami, Krishnamurthy, etc.), used in the U.S. by families from southern India. It is not in use in India.
KRISHNA     Indian, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
From the given name Krishna.
KRISHNAMURTHY     Indian
Hindu name from Sanskrit kṛṣnamūrti meaning ‘manifestation of the god Krishna’, from krisna ‘black’ (epithet of an incarnation of the god Vishnu) + murti ‘image’, ‘manifestation’... [more]
KRISHNAN     Indian, Malayalam, Tamil
Derived from the given name Krishna, used in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
KULAKARNI     Indian, Kannada
Kannada variant of Kulkarni.
KUMARI     Indian, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Sinhalese, Pakistani
From the given name Kumari, the feminine form of Kumar. It is exclusively used by women.
KUNNATHUPARAMBIL     Malayalam (Rare)
Elamkunnapuzha-Kunnathuparambil Family has a rich history of around 200 years and traces its origins to a small village called Elamkunnapuzha in Ernakulam District. It was at that time one of our ancestors migrated from Elamkunnapuzha to a small village called Vennoor, near Mala in Thrissur District for his livelihood... [more]
LAHOT     Hindi
LAKSHMI     Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi
From the given name Lakshmi, the name of a Hindu goddess.
LAL     Indian, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Malayalam, Nepali, Bengali
Means "darling, precious, beloved", from the Sanskrit lala meaning "cajoling". It can also mean "boy" (see Lal; used as an epithet of the Hindu god Krishna) or "red, ruby" in Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali.
LOHAT     Hindi
LUND     Indian
Lund is also a Punjabi last name (i.e. from Punjab state of India/Pakistan)
MADIGA     Indian, Telugu
Telugu occupational name for a leather worker, a job historically considered polluting and impure in India, where the surname belongs to Dalit, or "Untouchables" - members of the lowest caste.
MAHABIR     Trinidadian Creole, Indian
From Sanskrit महा (mahā) "great, massive" combined with वीर (vīrá) "heroic, powerful, strong". Though this surname is of Indian origin, it is mainly used by Indo-Trinidadian and Tobagonians.
MAHAJAN     Indian, Marathi, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati
Means "great people", from Sanskrit महा (mahā) meaning "great, large, big" combined with जन (jána) meaning "people, subjects".
MAHAPATRA     Indian, Odia
From the Sanskrit महत् (mahat) "great, large, big" possibly combined with पात्र (pātra) "drinking-vessel, goblet, bowl, cup".
MAHARAJ     South African, Indian, Trinidadian Creole, Fijian
Means "great king, great ruler", from Sanskrit महा (mahā) meaning "great, large, big" combined with राज (rāja) meaning "king, sovereign". It is also found among Indian communities abroad.
MAHARANA     Indian, Odia
From a title meaning "king of kings" or "great king", a combination of the Sanskrit महा (mahā) "great, large, big" and राणा (rana), a Rajput title meaning "king" (see Rana (2))... [more]
MAJHI     Indian, Odia, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese
Possibly from the Bengali মাঝি (mājhi) meaning "boatman, oarsman, waterman".
MAJI     Indian
MAJID     Urdu
MALEK     Indian (Muslim), Gujarati, Persian, Bengali (Muslim), Arabic
Variant of Malik. A notable bearer is Rami Malek (1981-), an Egyptian-American actor.
MALICK     Indian, Bengali, Pakistani, Western African
From the Arabic ملك (malik) meaning "king, sovereign, monarch" (see Malik (1)), used by Indian Hindus and Muslims.
MALIK     Indian (Muslim), Odia, Bengali (Muslim), Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Arabic, Indonesian, Nigerian
From the Arabic ملك (malik) meaning "king, sovereign, monarch" (see Malik (1)).
MALLICK     Indian, Bengali, Odia
Variant of Malick also used in Odisha.
MANDAL     Indian (Rare)
"head of the district, community leader"
MARAGH     Indian
Means "king" in Hindu. Due to the vast amount of Indian emigrates in Jamaica, this is a common name there and also refers to a teacher of Rastafarianism.
MARAJ     Trinidadian Creole, Indian
Shortened form of Maharaj meaning "great king"; of Indian origin. A famous bearer is Onika Maraj (1982–; known by her stage name Nicki Minaj), a Trinidadian-American singer.
MASIH     Arabic, Indian
مسيح Arabic name meaning "Christian". a common surname among Christians in Pakistan.
MATHARU     Indian (Sikh, Modern)
Matharus were fierce warriors especially during, the time when the Matharu tribe, had converted to Sikhism; they fought numbers of wars for Guru Gobind Singh, Banda Singh Bahadur and Jassa Singh Ramgarhia.... [more]
MEHENDALE     Indian (Rare), Marathi (Rare)
An Indian Brahmin surname of unknown meaning from the Indian state of Maharashtra.
MEHTA     Indian
Indian (Gujarat, Rajasthan, Panjab, and Bombay city): Hindu (Bania, Vania, Brahman, Khatri), Jain, Parsi, and Sikh name meaning "chief" in several modern Indian languages, from Sanskrit mahita "praised", "great" (from mah- "to praise or magnify")... [more]
MIRZA     Muslim, Pakistani, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Urdu, Marathi
Derived from the given name Mirza, taken directly from the Persian title of the same name denoting a prince.
MONDITHOKA     Telugu (Modern)
they are honest people and having helping nature. at history one person has bull cart some time it was went into dig then all people was trying and trying for lift the cart. but no use from those,after that people were shouting as a bigger like come on 'mondithoka' this word not surname of farmer his bull has short tail... [more]
MOOKHEY     Indian
Meaning unknown.
MUKHERJEE     Bengali
Variant of Mukhopadhyay. A notable bearer is Pranab Mukherjee (1935-), the current President of India.
MUKHOPADHYAY     Bengali
From Sanskrit मुख्य (mukhya) meaning "chief" combined with उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
MUSHARRAF     Pakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim)
From the Arabic مشرف (musharaf) meaning "supervisor, overseer" or "honourable, dominant".
MUSLIM     Arabic, Indonesian, Pakistani, Indian (Muslim)
From the Arabic مُسْلِم (muslim), the active participle of أَسْلَمَ (ʾaslama) "to surrender, expose" (from the same root of the word Islam). The term denotes a follower of Islam.
NAGARAJAN     Indian
From "Naga" meaning cobra and "Raja" meaning king.
NAI     Indian, Muslim
Means "barber".
NAIR     Indian, Malayalam
From Nair, the name of a group of Hindu castes concentrated in the Indian state of Kerala. The origin of the word itself is somewhat disputed. Some believe it is derived from nayaka, an honorific meaning "leader of the people", while another theory suggests that is is derived from the Sanskrit नाग (nāgá) "snake, serpent" (a reference to the practice of snake worship)... [more]
NAKAI     Punjabi
This surname originates from the Punjab. It is a sub-cast of Sandhu Jats and are descendants of Nakai Misl, a principality of the Sikh Empire from 1748 to 1810.
NANDA     Indian, Odia, Burmese, Indonesian
Possibly from the Sanskrit नन्द (nanda) "joy".
NARAYAN     Indian, Nepali, Fijian, Hindi
From the given name Narayan.
NARAYANAN     Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name Narayanan. A famous bearer was Kocheril Raman Narayanan (1921-2005), the 10th President of India.
NATH     Indian, Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, Odia, Punjabi, Khmer
From the Sanskrit नाथ (nātha) meaning "refuge, help, resort" or "protector, patron, possessor, owner".
NISHANT     Indian
Derived from the Sanskrit name for dawn or the end of night. In Sanskrit Nisha (निशा) means 'Night' and Ant (अन्त) means 'End', which can be alliterated as the end of night or the first ray of the morning sun.
NOOR     Pakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Punjabi, Malay, Pashto, Arabic, Indian (Muslim), Muslim
From the given name Noor, from the Arabic نُور (nūr) "light".
ODDA     Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting agriculture, such as workers and laborers.
ODDAI     Indian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Odda.
ODDAR     Indian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Odda.
ODDE     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, meaning "earthworker".
OPPARA     Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting an agricultural occupation.
PADAIYACHI     Indian, Tamil
Variant transcription of Padiachy.
PADIACHY     Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting a footsoldier of the Palli caste.
PADUKONE     Indian, Kannada (Rare), Konkani (Rare)
From the name of ಕುಂದಾಪುರ (Kundapur), a coastal town in the state of Karnataka in India. This is the surname of Deepika Padukone (1986–), an Indian actress.
PALLA     Indian, Tamil
Another form of Palli.
PALLAN     Indian, Tamil
Another form of Palli.
PALLE     Telugu
This Surname usually belong to Fisherman Sect in Andhra Pradesh State of India
PALLI     Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "agricultural laborers".
PAMIREDDY     Indian, Telugu
From Telugu పామిడి (pāmiḍi) meaning "snake killer" or "garuda, eagle" (also the name of a village in Andhra Pradesh, India), ultimately from పాము (pāmu) "snake, serpent" combined with రెడ్డి (reḍḍi) meaning "village headman" (see Reddy).
PANDIT     Indian, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Odia, Kashmiri
From Sanskrit पण्डित (paṇḍitá) meaning "learned, wise" and "scholar, teacher". It is used as a title for a teacher or scholar of Hinduism and Hindu philosophy.
PARAIYA     Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting laborers in agriculture and/or industry. This is a surname belonging to Dalit, or "Untouchables," in the Hindu caste system.
PARAMAR     Indian, Gujarati
From Sanskrit पर (para) meaning "alien, enemy" or "distant, remote, opposite" combined with मार (māra) meaning "killing, destroying, slaying". This was the name of an Indian dynasty that ruled west and central India from the 9th to 14th centuries... [more]
PARWAZ     Urdu
Meaning... [more]
PATHROSE     Indian (Christian), Malayalam
Derived from the given name Peter; used by Christians in the Indian state of Kerala.
PRADHAN     Indian, Odia, Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Marathi, Assamese
From the Hindu title प्रधान (pradhan) meaning "major, prime", the equivalent to the title vizier.
PRASAD     Indian, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Odia, Kannada
From Sanskrit प्रसाद (prasadā) meaning "clearness, brightness, purity, graciousness", ultimately from प्रसद् (prasad) "to fall into the power of". In Hinduism and Sikhism, the term refers to a type of religious food... [more]
QASSAB     Indian, Muslim
Means "butcher".
QURESHI     Muslim, Pakistani, Urdu, Sindhi, Indian (Muslim)
From the name قريش‎‎ (qurayš), referring to the Quraysh mercantile tribe that historically controlled the city of Mecca in present-day Saudi Arabia.
RADHAKRISHNAN     Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
Derived from Sanskrit राधा कृष्ण (rādhā-kṛṣṇa), a combination of Radha and Krishna. In Hinduism, this is the combination of both feminine and masculine aspects of God.
RAHMAN     Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Pakistani, Malay, Arabic, Afghani, Assamese, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu
From the given name Rahman, used throughout the Muslim world.
RAI     Indian, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhutanese, Pakistani
From the Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, chief, sovereign" (see Raj, Raja, or Rajan).
RAJ     Indian, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Odia, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhalese, Malaysian
From the Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, chief, sovereign"; ultimately from राजन् (rājan) "king, sovereign, prince, chief" (see the given name Raj or Raja).
RAJA     Pakistani, Indian, Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil, Malaysian, Bengali, Urdu
Variant of Raj; also a South Asian title of Indian origin used to denote a prince or ruler.
RAJAN     Indian, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Malaysian
From the title Raja or Raj denoting a South Asian king or prince; mainly used in Southern India.
RAJKOOMAR     Indian (Rare)
Used as a tribal name
RAM     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Indian (Sikh)
Derived from the given name Ram (2).
RAMACHANDRAN     Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name Ramachandran, a combination of Rama and Chandra.
RAMAKRISHNAN     Indian, Tamil
From the given name Ramakrishna. A notable bearer is Tamil-American structural biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (1952-).
RAMNARINE     Trinidadian Creole, Indian
Trinidadian and Guyanese form of Ramnarayan, from Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant" combined with नारायण (nārāyaṇá), an epithet of the Hindu god Vishnu.
RANA     Indian (Parsi)
A Hindu and Parsi name meaning literally "king".
RANDHAWA     Pakistani, Indian, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Sikh and Jat tribe in Punjab.
RANJ     Indian
From the given name 'Ranj'
RASTOGI     Indian, Hinduism
They are called as Rohatgi, Rastogi and Rustagi in present time. Rohitashwa was the son of Harishchandra, the god of gods. He founded the town of Rohtas Garh in Rohtas district, Bihar, as well as Rohtak, originally Rohitakul, meaning from the Kul (family) of Rohit... [more]
RASUL     Pakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian, Pashto
From the Arabic رَسُول (rasūl) meaning "messenger, apostle, prophet" (see Rasul). This was applied to the Islamic Propet Muhammad, who was also called رسول الله (Rasūl Allāh) meaning "messenger of Allah (God)".
RAU     Indian
Variant of RAO.
RAVAL     Gujarati
"Bramhin King"
RAY     Indian, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Odia, Nepali
Variant of Raj.
REDDY     Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil
Hindu surname derived from Telugu రెడ్డి (reḍḍi) meaning "village headman".
RUSHDIE     Kashmiri (Rare)
Derived from Arabic رَشَدَ (rašada) meaning "to go the right way, to follow the right course" or "to be well guided" (related to the given names Rashad and Rashid). A famous bearer is Ahmed Salman Rushdie (1947-), a British-Indian author of Kashmiri descent.
SABA     Pakistani, Urdu, Indian (Muslim), Persian, Arabic, Muslim
From the given name Saba or Sabah.
SACHDEV     Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Punjabi
From Sanskrit सत्य (satya) meaning "true, virtuous, good" combined with देव (devá) meaning "deity, god".
SACHDEVA     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Variant of Sachdev.
SADANGI     Indian
Sadhangi :- Who knows the six Angas(parts)... [more]
SAHNI     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Possibly from Sahni, the name of a village in Punjab.
SAHOO     Indian, Odia, Bengali, Hindi
Variant transcription of Sahu.
SAHU     Indian, Odia, Hindi, Pakistani, Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Telugu, Gujarati
Generally means "businessman, moneylender", but also means "gentle, patient" among Jats. Most commonly used by the Odia people in India.
SAIKIA     Indian, Assamese
From শইকীয়া (Xôykiya), a derivative of the Assamese এশ (exô) meaning "one-hundred". During the Ahom dynasty, it was used as a military title for officials.
SANDHU     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Sikh name derived from Sindhu, a historical name of the Indus River flowing through Pakistan; ultimately from the Sanskrit सिन्धु (síndhu) meaning "river, stream". The Sandhus are the largest Jat clan in Punjab.
SANPOET     Indian (Anglicized, Modern)
it's my own wish
SARAKAR     Indian, Odia
Odia variant of Sarkar.
SARDAR     Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Hindi, Marathi, Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Afghani
From the Persian title سردار (sardâr) meaning "commander, headmaster", denoting a prince, nobleman, or aristocrat.
SARKAR     Bengali, Indian
From Hindi सरकार (sarkār), borrowing from the Persian title سرکار (sarkâr), meaning "lord, supervisor, overseer".
SARKER     Bengali
Variant of Sarkar more commonly used in Bangladesh.
SASTRY     Indian
Hindu (Brahman) name, from Sanskrit šāstrī ‘versed in the Shastras’ (from šāstra ‘book of rules’, ‘religious treatise’).
SAWHNEY     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Variant of Sahni, which is possibly from Sahni, a village in Punjab.
SAXENA     Indian, Hinduism
Indian (northern states): Hindu (Kayasth) name from one of the subgroups of the Kayasth community. According to Saxena tradition, their name is from Sanskrit sakhisenā ‘friend of the army’, a title awarded to them by the kings of Srinagar.
SERKER     Bengali
Variant of Sarkar.
SETHI     Indian, Odia, Hindi, Punjabi, Pakistani
Hindu surname; a contracted form of Sanskrit श्रेष्ठी (śreṣṭhi) denoting the head of a mercantile or other guild.
SHAH     Indian, Gujarati, Hindi
From Sanskrit sadhu meaning "gentleman". It is mainly used in the Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Not related to the Persian surname Shah.
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