Indian Submitted Surnames
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ADVANI Sindhi, Indian
Sindhi Hindu surname meaning "descendant of Adu
", most likely referring to the name of a past ancestor of the clan.
AHLUWALIA Indian, Punjabi
From a village named Ahlu that existed as a misl (state) of the Sikh Confederacy during the 18th century.
ALAM Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Hindi, Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Indonesian, Afghani
Means "flag, banner, emblem", derived from the Arabic علم ('alam)
ALVI Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim)
Derived from Arabic علوي (ʿalawiyy)
meaning "pertaining to Ali (1)
". The Alvi are a Muslim clan from India and Pakistan claiming descent from Ali ibn Abi Talib (601-661), a cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad
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).
This name is famous surname in telugu states of South India.
ARORA Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, 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 Rohri). The name itself is derived from Hindi and Punjabi Aur
meaning "someone else", used by the past Aroras to escape persecution.
ASHIQ Punjabi, Urdu
Derived from Arabic عَاشِق (ʿāšiq)
meaning "enamored, infatuated" or "admirer, lover", ultimately from عِشْق (ʿišq)
"being in love".
Derived from the Arabic عَظَمَة (ʿaẓama)
meaning "majesty, glory".
BAKSHI Indian, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Persian بخشی (baxši)
meaning "paymaster, scribe, secretary", used as a title for officials who distributed wages in Muslim armies.
BALIJA Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting either "traders/merchants" or "agriculturists".
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".
BASUMATARY Indian, Bodo, Assamese
From a Sanskritized form of the Bodo name बसुमातारी (Baisamatari)
, which meant "mother earth" or "earthly folks". The name was originally used by landowners or landlords.
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.
BHARUCHA Indian (Parsi)
Refers to the city of Bharuch in Gujarat, India, which is thought to be derived from the name of a figure in Hindu mythology.
BHOWMIK Bengali, Indian
Means "landowner, landlord" in Bengali, ultimately derived from Sanskrit भूमि (bhūmi)
"earth, soil, ground".
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)
Indian Parsi surname derived from the name of the city of Bulsar
(today known as Valsad
) in Gujarat, which served as a centre for Zoroastrian culture in the 17th century. A notable bearer was British singer and songwriter Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), who was born as Farrokh
BUTT Punjabi, Urdu
Most likely derived from Sanskrit भटट (bhatt)
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 without hindrance or obstruction.
Surname rarely used in Pakistani Punjab. The origin of Chandia is Pali. Chandia is a variation of the name Chanda (English and Indian).
CHANDIO Pakistani, Sindhi, Balochi
From the given name Chand
, referring to a past ancestor of Kurdish-Balochi origin. This is the name of a Sindhi and Balochi tribe in Pakistan.
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.
From the name of the village of Chaṭṭa
combined with Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya)
meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Punjabi-speaking subclan of the Jat people found in India and Pakistan, with most members being either Muslim or Sikh.
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.
CONTRACTOR Indian (Parsi)
Parsi occupational surname for a contractor, or someone who works on the basis of a contract. As the British rule of India demanded for all Parsees to adopt a surname, many adopted English vocabulary based on their occupation (i.e. Engineer
DARUWALA Indian (Parsi)
Derived from Hindi दारू (dārū)
meaning "liquor, wine, alcohol" (borrowing from Persian) combined with the suffix -वाला (-vālā)
denoting an occupation. It was used to refer to someone who sold or brewed alcohol.
DAVE Indian, Gujarati
Derived from Sanskrit द्विवेदिन् (dvivedin)
meaning "familiar with the two Vedas".
DAYAL Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Means "kind, compassionate", derived from Sanskrit दया (dayā)
meaning "compassion, pity".
DEBNATH Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Derived from Sanskrit देव (devá)
meaning "deity, god" combined with नाथ (nāthá)
meaning "possessor, owner".
DESAI Indian, Marathi, Gujarati
From Sanskrit देश (deśá)
meaning "province, country, kingdom" combined with स्वामिन् (svāmin)
meaning "lord, master, owner".
DESHMUKH Indian, Marathi
From the historical title देशमुख (deśmukh)
meaning "district head", derived from Sanskrit देश (deśá)
meaning "country, district" combined with मुख (múkha)
DESHPANDE Indian, Marathi
Means "district accountant", derived from Sanskrit देश (deśá)
meaning "country, kingdom, province" combined with पण्डित (paṇḍitá)
meaning "learned, wise man".
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
meaning "deity, god" (from the Sanskrit देव (devá)
) or derived from the Sanskrit deya
meaning "suitable for a gift".
DHAR Indian, Bengali
Most likely from Bengali ধার (dhāra)
meaning "credit"; ultimately from Sanskrit उद्धार (uddhara)
"deliverance, salvation, release".
DIKSHIT Indian, Hindi, Odia
Derived from Sanskrit दीक्षित (dīkṣita)
meaning "one who is initiated", ultimately from दीक्षा (dīkṣā)
"initiation, dedication". It was historically used to refer to teachers and scholars of the Brahmin caste.
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]
ENGINEER Indian (Parsi)
Parsi name literally meaning "engineer", referring to someone who made machines or engines. As the British rule of India demanded for all Parsees to adopt a surname, many used English vocabulary based on their occupation.
GANDHI Indian, Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil
Means "perfume seller", derived from Sanskrit गन्ध (gandha)
meaning "odour, fragrance, perfume". Notable bearers include Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), an Indian civil rights and independence leader, and Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), the first female Prime Minister of India.
From the name of the Ganges River (also the name of a villge) combined with Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya)
meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
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
GHOSH Bengali, Indian
Means "cowherder" or "milkman" from Sanskrit गो (gó)
meaning "cow, cattle, ox".
Indian (northern states): Hindu (Bania) and Jain name of unknown origin, based on the name of a clan in the Agarwal Bania community.
HAZRA Indian, Bengali
Possibly from the name of a location near Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
IRANI Persian, Indian (Parsi)
Denotes an Iranian person or something from Iran, as well as the Irani Zoroastrian ethnic group in India. It is widely used among Indian Parsis.
JUNEJO Pakistani, Sindhi
Means "(sons) of Juno", derived from the name of a past ancestor, Jam Juno, combined with Sindhi جي (jy)
meaning "of". The Junejo are a Sindhi tribe mainly concentrated in Pakistan and parts of India.
KAJAL Indian, Gujarati, Bengali
Derived from Sanskrit कज्जल (kajjala)
meaning "collyrium, lotion" or "ink, soot", though it also refers to kohl
, a dark powder used as a eye makeup.
KALITA Indian, Assamese
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Hindu caste in the Indian state of Assam.
KANDHAL Indian, Gujarati
People with the last name of "Kandhal" are commonly descendants of Rao Kandhal who belonged to the "Rathore" clan of Rajputs (warrior class) in India. "Rao" is a royal title. Rao Kandhal was younger brother of Rao Jodha who founded the princely state of Jodhpur in western Rajasthan, India... [more]
KAPOOR Indian, Punjabi, Hindi
Punjabi Kshatriya name derived from Sanskrit कर्पूर (karpūra)
meaning "camphor" (referring to a white crystalline substance used in medicine), itself possibly of Proto-Austronesian origin.
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]
KARMAKAR Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Perhaps derived from Sanskrit कर्म (kárma)
meaning "action, performance, deed". This is the name of a Bengali Hindu caste of blacksmiths.
KHALSA Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Theorised to be derived from Arabic خَلَصَ (ḵalaṣa)
meaning "to be pure, to be clear". In Sikhism, the term refers baptised or initiated Sikhs.
KHAN Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim)
Derived from the Turkic military title khan
, which is ultimately from Mongolian ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ (qaɣan)
meaning "king, emperor, sovereign".
KHATUN Indian, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Odia
Derived from Persian خاتون (xātūn)
referring to a title of nobility and the feminine equivalent of the Turkic title khan
meaning "leader, ruler".
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.
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]
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]