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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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", traditionally denoting a prince, nobleman, or aristocrat.
SARKAR     Bengali, Indian
Hindu surname derived from the Persian title سرکار (sarkâr) meaning "lord, supervisor, overseer".
SARKER     Bengali
Variant of Sarkar (chiefly Bangladeshi).
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 contraction of Sanskrit श्रेष्ठी (śreṣṭhi) denoting the head of a mercantile or other guild.
SHAH     Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit साधु (sādhú) meaning "gentleman, virtuous man". Not to be confused with the Persian surname Shah.
SHAHEEN     Arabic, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Shahin.
SHAN     Gujarati, Hindi
A Gujarati and Hindi surname with an unknown meaning.
SHANKAR     Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali
From the given name Shankar. Famous bearers are Rabindra Shankar "Ravi" Chowdhury (1920-2012), an Indian musician of Bengali origin, Geetali "Norah Jones" Shankar (1979-), an Indian-American singer, and Anoushka Shankar (1981-), an Indian-British sitar player.
SHEIKH     Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Assamese, Urdu, Marathi, Pakistani, Somali, Arabic, Persian, Punjabi
From the Arabic شَيْخ (šayḵ) meaning "chief, chieftain, head, patriarch"; used as title for a political or spiritual leader of a community.
SHYAMALAN     Indian (Rare), Malayalam (Rare)
Derived from the given name Shyamal or Shyama. This is the surname of Manoj "M. Night" Shyamalan (1970-), an Indian-American film director of Malayalam and Tamil ancestry.
SIDDIQUI     Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim)
From Arabic صدیق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend" or "truthful". It was traditionally used as an honorific title or a nickname for a trustworthy person.
SIDHU     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Sikh clan name derived from Sanskrit सिद्ध (siddha) meaning "accomplished, proven".
SIINGH     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Variant of Singh.
SING     German, Chinese (Cantonese), Indian
German: probably a variant of Seng. ... [more]
SINHA     Indian, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi
From Sanskrit सिंह (siṃhá) meaning "lion".
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.
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.
SRINIVASAN     Indian, Tamil
Tamil variant of Shrinivas.
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
TAHIR     Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Muslim
Derived from the Arabic given name Tahir.
TANDON     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Punjabi Hindu (Khatri) and Sikh surname of unknown meaning.
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.
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]
THAKKAR     Indian, Gujarati, Marathi
Means "deity, god, lord"; derived from the 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.
THAPA     Nepali, Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Hindi, Odia
Means "warrior" in Nepali. This was the name of an aristocratic dynasty in Nepal.
UDDIN     Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Assamese, Hindi, Telugu, Pakistani, Urdu
From Arabic الدين (ad-dīn) meaning "the religion", in most cases referring to Islam.
ULLAH     Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Afghani, Arabic, Indian (Muslim)
From Arabic اللّٰه (allāh), referring to the monotheistic god in Islam (see Allah).
UNDIRMARE     Indian
Marathi name meaning "mice killer"
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.
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.
VENKATESH     Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada
Means "lord of Venkata", from Venkata, the name of a hill in southern India (see Venkata), combined with Sanskrit ईश (īśa) meaning "lord, master, husband" (see Isha).
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.
YADAV     Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Nepali, Punjabi
From Sanskrit यादव (yādava) meaning "descendant of Yadu", referring to a legendary Hindu king and an alleged ancestor of Krishna. The term traditionally refers to a peasant caste in India and Nepal.
YASMIN     Bengali, Urdu
From the given name Yasmin.
YESMIN     Bengali
Variant of Yasmin.
YUSUFI     Afghani, Tajik, Pakistani, Urdu
Cognate of Yousfi.
ZAHEER     Pakistani, Urdu, Indian (Muslim)
Variant of Zahir used in Pakistan and India.
ZAIDI     Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic (Maghrebi), Malaysian, Muslim
Derived from the given name Zaid. Bearers of this surname are descended from Zaid ibn Ali, the great-grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
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