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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)
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, 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".
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".
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]
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.
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.
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 the 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 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".
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".
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]
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.
From the name of the village or river Ganges
combined with the 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 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.
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.
IQBAL Pakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Punjabi, Kashmiri, Arabic, Afghani, Pashto, Indonesian, Muslim
From the given name Iqbal
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.
KALITA Indian, Assamese
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Hindu caste in the Indian state of Assam.
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]
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.
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]
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.
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.
MAHAPATRA Indian, Odia
From the Sanskrit महत् (mahat)
"great, large, big" possibly combined with पात्र (pātra)
"drinking-vessel, goblet, bowl, cup".
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)
MALIK Indian (Muslim), Odia, Bengali (Muslim), Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Arabic, Indonesian, Nigerian
From the Arabic ملك (malik)
meaning "king, sovereign, monarch" (see Malik (1)
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]
MOHAMMAD Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Kashmiri, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Pakistani, Arabic, Persian, Afghani, Pashto, Punjabi
From the given name Mohammad
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 Sanskrit मुख्य (mukhya)
meaning "chief" combined with उपाध्याय (upadhyaya)
meaning "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
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
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]
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]
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
, 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
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]
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
). A famous bearer is Ahmed Salman
Rushdie (1947-), a British-Indian author of Kashmiri descent.
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.
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".
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