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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.
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]
LAL Indian, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Malayalam, Nepali, Bengali
Means "darling, precious, beloved", from Sanskrit lala
meaning "cajoling". It can also mean "boy" or "red, ruby" in Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali.
Lānda (ਲਾਨਦਾ) is a Punjabi surname that is used amongst families belonging to the Bhat tribe. The bearers of this surname belong to the gotra Lākhanpal, which is of Kshatriya origin.
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.
MADRASWALA Indian (Parsi)
(presently Chennai), the name of the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
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", derived from Sanskrit महा (mahā)
meaning "great, large, big" combined with राणा (rana)
, a Rajput title meaning "king" (see Rana (2)
Manans come from Lahore . They belong to Punjabi Brahmin caste of Hinduism.
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.
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]
Derived from a Bengali word meaning "gentleman".
MIRZA Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Arabic
From the Persian title میرزا (mirzâ)
denoting a prince or nobleman, ultimately from the Persian words میر (mir)
meaning "master" and the suffix -زاده (-zâde)
meaning "child (of), offspring (of)".
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]
"Mudaliar" is a combination of a Tamil word "Mudali" which means "First" and "yar" which is an honorific suffix. So the surname means "First People" or "Elite People" in Tamil.
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.
Hindu surname meaning ‘chief’, ‘leader’, from Sanskrit nayaka.
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.
NAYAK Indian, Odia, Gujarati, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Konkani, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit नायक (nāyaka)
meaning "hero" or perhaps "leader, chief".
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.
NONGRUM Khasi, Indian
"Nongrum" is the name given for the "Title/Surname" of a persons. It is famous only in Khasi Hills, Meghalaya,shillong, the land of the "Khasis".
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]
PARSI Persian, Indian (Parsi)
Derived from Persian پارسی (pârsi)
literally meaning "Persian", though it also refers to the Parsi (or Parsee), a Zoroastrian community in India.
PATHAN Indian (Muslim), Bengali, Urdu, Pashto
Derived from Hindustani पठान (paṭhān)
meaning "a Pashtun (person)", referring to the Pashtun ethnic group inhabiting present-day Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is sometimes used by Pashtuns who ancestrally migrated to India.
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]
Derived from Arabic قيوم (qayyum)
meaning "subsistence, independent, sustainer".
QURESHI Arabic, Urdu, Indian (Muslim)
Originally denoted a member of the Quraysh, a historical Arab tribe that the Prophet Muhammad
was born into. The name itself is derived from Arabic قَرَشَ (qaraša)
meaning "to gnash, to grind, to chew".
RAI Indian, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhutanese, Urdu
From 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
From Sanskrit राज (rāja)
meaning "king, chief, sovereign", ultimately from राजन् (rājan)
meaning "king, sovereign, prince, chief".
RAJPUT Urdu, Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Assamese, Punjabi
Means "son of the king", derived from Sanskrit राजा (rājā)
meaning "king, sovereign, prince" combined with पुत्र (putrá)
meaning "son, child". This is also the name of a caste originating from the Indian subcontinent.
RAMAMURTHY Indian, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit राम (rāma)
meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" or "dark, black" (see Rama
) combined with मूर्ति (mūrti)
meaning "idol, icon".
RASTOGI Indian, Hindi
Possibly derived from Rohtas
, the name of a district in Bihar, India, itself from the name of a Hindu deity.
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
Derived from Assamese শইকীয়া (Xôykiya)
, which was a title used for military officials during the Ahom dynasty of Assam. It is ultimately derived from the Assamese word এশ (exô)
SANDHU Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Sikh name derived from Sindhu
, a historical name of the Indus River flowing through Pakistan, ultimately from Sanskrit सिन्धु (síndhu)
meaning "river, stream". The Sandhus are the largest Jat clan in Punjab.
Hindu (Brahman) name, from Sanskrit šāstrī ‘versed in the Shastras’ (from šāstra ‘book of rules’, ‘religious treatise’).
SAXENA Indian, Hindi
Believed to mean "friend of the army" from Sanskrit सखा (sakhā)
meaning "friend, companion" and सेना (sénā)
SEEDAT Indian (Muslim)
“Lord” in Hindustani. Comes from "Sidi". May be Egyptian, Arabic or Persian in origin.
SETH Indian, Odia, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi
Derived from Hindi सेठ (seṭh)
meaning "merchant, banker", ultimately from Sanskrit श्रेष्ठ (śreṣṭh)
meaning "excellent, best".
SETHNA Indian (Parsi)
Gujarati Parsi name meaning "pertaining to the banker", derived from Hindi सेठ (seṭh)
meaning "merchant, banker" (see Seth
SHAH Persian, Urdu
Derived from Persian شاه (šâh)
meaning "king, monarch", referring to a title used by former Iranian monarchs.
SHAKYA Nepali, Indian, Hindi
From Sanskrit शाक्य (Śākya)
referring to the Shakya clan of India and Nepal during the Vedic period (1000-500 BCE). A noble member of the clan was Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), the founder of Buddhism.
SHEIKH Arabic, Bengali, Urdu
From the Arabic title شَيْخ (šayḵ)
meaning "chief, chieftain, head". It is used to denote a political or spiritual leader of a Muslim community.
SHERPA Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, Bengali
From the name of the Sherpa
people, a Tibetic ethnic group inhabiting Nepal, China, Bhutan, and the Himalayas. The name itself is derived from Sherpa ཤར (shar)
meaning "east" and wa
"people" (thus, "people of the east" or "eastern people"), a reference to their origin in northeastern Nepal... [more]
SHINDE Indian, Marathi
Meaning unknown; this was also the name of a Indian dynasty from Maharashtra.
SHRIVASTAV Indian, Hindi, Nepali
Hindu Kayasth surname meaning "from Srivasta" in Sanskrit, referring to the Srivasta (श्रीवत्स) subgroup of the the Kayasth caste. The name itself means "beloved of Sri" or "child of Sri" from the name of the Hindu goddess Shri
) combined with वत्स (vatsá)
meaning "child, offspring, son".