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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
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".
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.
BALIJA Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting either "traders/merchants" or "agriculturists".
BASUMATARY Indian, Assamese, Bodo
Means "mother earth" or "earthly folks", a Sanskritized form of Baisamatari
. It is most frequently used among the indigenous Bodo community in Assam, India.
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.
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.
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)
"teacher, instructor, priest".
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 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 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.
DEVI Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Odia
From the Sanskrit देवी (devī́)
"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.
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.
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).
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]
From the name of the village or river of Ganges
combined with the Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya)
"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 Indian, Bengali
Possibly from Sanskrit घोष (ghoṣa)
"noise, sound or "cry, holler, yell".
Indian (northern states): Hindu (Bania) and Jain name of unknown origin, based on the name of a clan in the Agarwal Bania community.
JHA Nepali, Indian
Short form of the Sanskrit word 'upadhyaya' meaning 'teacher'
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.
From a Sanskrit personal name meaning literally "camphor".
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]
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]
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 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.
MAHAPATRA Indian, Odia
From the Sanskrit महत् (mahat)
"great, large, big" possibly combined with पात्र (pātra)
"drinking-vessel, goblet, bowl, cup".
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.
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)
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]
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]
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]
From the Sanskrit मुख्य (mukhya)
"chief" combined with उपाध्याय (upadhyaya)
"teacher, instructor, priest".
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.
NAIR Indian, Malayalam
, 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]
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.
NATH Indian, Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, Odia, Punjabi, Khmer
From the Sanskrit नाथ (nātha)
meaning "refuge, help, resort" or "protector, patron, possessor, owner".
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.
This Surname usually belong to Fisherman Sect in Andhra Pradesh State of India
PAMI-PAMIREDDYPALLI,A VILLAGE NAME IN TELANGANA,PAMIDI-THE BIRD EAGAL,NAME OF A MONDAL NAME IN ANANTAPUR DISTRICT
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)
"alien, enemy" or "distant, remote, opposite" combined with मार (māra)
"killing, destroying, slaying". This was the name of an Indian dynasty that ruled west and central India from the 9th to 14th centuries... [more]
QURESHI Muslim, Pakistani, Urdu, Sindhi
From the name قريش (Quraysh)
, referring to a mercantile tribe that historically controlled the city of Mecca. In 2014, this was the 9th most common surname in Pakistan.
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.
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]
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
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.
SARKAR Indian, Bengali
From the Hindi सरकार (sarkār)
which borrows from the Persian title سرکار (sarkâr)
meaning "lord, supervisor, superintendent, overseer, employer, taskmaster". It is more commonly used in the West Bengal region of India.
Hindu (Brahman) name, from Sanskrit šāstrī ‘versed in the Shastras’ (from šāstra ‘book of rules’, ‘religious treatise’).
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
SIDDIQUI Muslim, Pakistani, Arabic, Urdu
From the Arabic word صدیق (ṣadīq)
meaning "friend" or "truthful". It was traditionally used as an honorific title or a nickname for a trustworthy person.
SOLANKI Indian, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi
Either from the name of the Rajput Solanki clan of India or the Solanki (Chaulukya) dynasty that once ruled Gujarat and Rajasthan.
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.
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.
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.
THAKER Indian, Gujarati
Gujarati surname referring to Kashiraj Thaker, an 11th century Kashmiri Brahmin who traveled to the present-day state of Gujarat to spread and maintain Hinduism. In 1947, while India and Pakistan were engaged in conflict, many Thakers from Gujarat fled to East Africa, the United Kingdom, or the United States, leading these regions to house a significant population of members today.... [more]
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.
UNNIKRISHNAN Indian, Malayalam
Means "Lord Krishna" or "young Krishna", a combination of the title and given name ഉണ്ണി (uṇṇi)
meaning "infant boy, young boy" and the name of Krishna
, Hindu deity.
Hindu name, from Sanskrit varman
Taken from Mitravinda, one of the eight principal queen-consorts of the Hindu god Krishna.