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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ADVANY     Gujarati
The name Advany originated from the Memons who visited the town of Advana and when they came back to their home town they were called Advanys.
AHUJA     Punjabi, Hinduism, Indian (Sikh)
Indian (chiefly Panjab): Hindu (Arora, Jat) and 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     Iranian, Indian (Muslim), Bengali, Pakistani
From a personal name based on Arabic Akbar ‘greater’, ‘greatest’, an elative adjective from kabir ‘great’. Allahu Akbar (‘Allah is the Greatest’) is a slogan of Muslims throughout the world... [more]
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.
ASIF     Urdu
AYYAGARI     Indian
Owner, Teacher
BAJWA     Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Sikh name based on that of a Jat tribe.
BALIJA     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting either "traders/merchants" or "agriculturists".
BALJI     Indian, Telugu
Another form of Balija.
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     Muslim, Pakistani, Indian (Muslim)
Honorific title for a respectable or high-born lady, often used as a surname in Western countries or contexts.
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)
A surname derived from the Indian city of Bulsar (officially known as Valsad), which was a center for Zoroastrianism in the 17th century.
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.
CHANDER     Indian
From the given name Chander.
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
CHATTERJEE     Bengali
Chatterjee is an Indian family name of the Bengali Brahmin caste. It is a variant of Chattopadhyay.... [more]
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
Indian (Panjab): Hindu (Khatri) and Sikh name of unknown meaning. The Panjabi Khatris have a clan called Chopra (see Khatri), as also have the Ramgarhia Sikhs
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’.
DAVE     Indian
Who knows Vedas that known as Dave
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.
DHALIWAL     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Said to be derived from दारानगर (Daranagar), the name of an ancestral town in Uttar Pradesh, India. Mainly used by Sikhs in Punjab.
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).
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]
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.
GEESE     Indian (Muslim)
weird and crazy
GENTOO     Indian, Telugu, Portuguese
It is a Telugu name, most likely meaning "Gentile". It was first used by the Portuguese.
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.
GOVANI     Indian
The meaning of the word is made up of two parts i.e. Go and vani ... [more]
GOYAL     Indian
Variant of Goel.
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]
JANI     Indian, Hinduism
From Sanskrit jñānī ‘knowing’, ‘learned’.
JESU     Indian
JHA     Nepali, Indian
Short form of the Sanskrit word 'upadhyaya' meaning 'teacher'
JOLAHA     Indian, Muslim
Means "weaver".
KABARIA     Indian, Muslim
Means "greengrocer".
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.
KANNAN     Indian
Variant of Krishnan.
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)
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.
KOIREE     Indian
Denotes "weaver" in Hindi.
KOMATI     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting "trader".
KONDA     Telugu
Hindu name meaning ‘hill’ in Telugu.
KONETI     Telugu
Koneti Rayala Swamy Temple (Telugu: శ్రీ కోనేటి రాయల స్వామి దేవస్థానము; also known as Venkateswara Temple) is a Hindu temple of Lord Venkateswara in the village of Keelapatla, Andhra Pradesh, India... [more]
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
Means "black" or "dark", and derived from the given name Krishna. This is also the name of a Hindu deity.
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 (Modern)
Krishnan and Krishna are based off of the Indian god Krishna.
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]
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.
MAHARAJ     Indian
Indian (north central): Hindu name, from Sanskrit mahārāja ‘great king’, derived from a title denoting an accomplished practitioner (a master) of a particular skill or craft (for example singing, drumming, dancing, cooking, etc.) or a religious guru.
MAJI     Indian
MAJID     Urdu
MALLICK     Indian
From the given name Mallick.
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     Indian
Brahman origin. Developed from "maharaja".
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
Derived from the given name Mirza, taken directly from the Persian title of the same name denoting a prince.
MOHIUDDIN     Bengali (Muslim), Pakistani, Urdu
Derived from the given name Mohiuddin (see Mohy al-Din).
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.
NAGARAJAN     Indian
From "Naga" meaning cobra and "Raja" meaning king.
NAI     Indian, Muslim
Means "barber".
NAIR     Malayalam
The origin of the Nair is somewhat disputed. Some people think the name itself is derived from nayaka, an honorific meaning "leader of the people", while others believe it stems from the community's association with the Naga cult of serpent worship
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.
NARAYAN     Indian
One of the names of the Hindu God of creation. Means "son of man."... [more]
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.
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.
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     Telugu
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.
PARWAZ     Urdu
Meaning... [more]
QASSAB     Indian, Muslim
Means "butcher".
RAHMAN     Bengali
Came from the given name Rahman.
RAJKOOMAR     Indian (Rare)
Used as a tribal name
RAMNARINE     Trinidadian Creole, Indian
From a Trinidadian and Guyanese different form of the Indian personal name Ramnarayan, from Sanskrit rāma "pleasing" and nārāyaṅa, an epithet of the god Vishnu.
RANA     Indian (Parsi)
A Hindu and Parsi name meaning literally "king".
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]
RAU     Indian
Variant of RAO.
RAY     Bengali
From the word raja, meaning "king". The Sanskrit root is a cognate of Latin rex, meaning the surname is ultimately related to English RAY and French ROY
REDDY     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting agriculturists.
RITABRATA     Indian, Bengali
Truth and a follower of truth.
SADANGI     Indian
Sadhangi :- Who knows the six Angas(parts)... [more]
SAHNI     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Possibly from Sahni, the name of a village in Punjab.
SANPOET     Indian (Anglicized, Modern)
it's my own wish
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.
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.
SHAIKH     Indian (Muslim)
Variant of SHEIKH.
SHAN     Gujarati, Hindi
A Gujarati and Hindi surname with an unknown meaning.
SONI     Hindi
A Suryavanshi Khatri family, the surname originating from the Punjab region of India. In India the term caste creates a crucial distinction between Varna and Jāti, even though jati does not fit into any of the four varnas and is more often referred to as Sudras.
SUBBIAH     Indian
Tamil Last Name
A Hindu name, based on Sanskrit subrahmaṅya "dear to Brahmans".
SURI     Punjabi, Hindi, Indian (Sikh)
Based on the name of a clan in the Khatri community, from Sanskrit suri "sun", ‘priest’, ‘sage’. It is also an epithet of Krishna.
TACHURI     Telugu
TAYNAK     Indian
The Surname needs a definition. The surname comes from India and is viewable from facebook profiles and google searches. Ganesh Taynak is a common name. The meaning is unknown so far.
TELAGA     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, mostly denoting agricultural laborers.
THAKKAR     Indian, Gujarati, Marathi
Means "deity, god, lord"; derived from Sanskrit or Middle Indo-Aryan thakkura.
THAKUR     Indian
Indian (northern states): Hindu name meaning ‘deity’, ‘god’, ‘lord’ in modern Indian languages, from Sanskrit or Middle Indo-Aryan ̣thakkura. Compare Thakkar. Although this name is commonly associated with Kshatriyas, it is also found among Brahmans and other communities.
UNDIRMARE     Indian
Marathi name meaning "mice killer"
UPPARA     Indian, Tamil
Another form of Oppara.
VAID     Hindi
VANNIYAN     Indian
It denotes those belonging to the Palli caste.
VARMA     Indian
Hindu name, from Sanskrit varman "armor", "protection".
VELAMA     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting mainly agricultural laborers.
VELLALA     Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting agricultural laborers.
VELLALAN     Indian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Vellala.
VERMA     Indian
Variant of VARMA.
VIG     Indian
VINDA     Hindi
Taken from Mitravinda, one of the eight principal queen-consorts of the Hindu god Krishna.
WAGHDHARE     Indian
A Marathi surname meaning "Tiger Catcher"
WAPPARA     Indian, Tamil
Another form of Oppara.
WODDA     Indian, Tamil
Another form of Odda.
YOUSAFZAI     Pashto, Urdu, Afghani, Pakistani
Means "descendants of Yusuf", a combination of the given name Yousaf (Yusuf) and the Pashto word زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Yousafzai are a Pashtun tribe inhabiting Pakistan and Afghanistan... [more]
YUSUFZAI     Pashto, Afghani, Urdu
Variant of Yousafzai.
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