Indian Submitted Surnames

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MONDITHOKATelugu (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]
MOOKHEYIndian
Meaning unknown.
MUKERJEEBengali
Variant transcription of Mukherjee.
MUKHOPADHYAYBengali
From Sanskrit मुख्य (mukhya) meaning "chief" combined with उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
MUSHARRAFUrdu, Bengali (Muslim)
Derived from Arabic مُشْرِف (mušrif) meaning "supervisor, overseer" or "honourable, dominant".
MUSLIMArabic, 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.
NAGARAJANIndian
From "Naga" meaning cobra and "Raja" meaning king.
NAIIndian, Muslim
Means "barber".
NAIKIndian
Hindu surname meaning ‘chief’, ‘leader’, from Sanskrit nayaka.
NAIRIndian, Malayalam
From Nair, 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]
NAKAIPunjabi
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.
NANDAIndian, Odia, Burmese, Indonesian
Possibly from the Sanskrit नन्द (nanda) "joy".
NARAYANIndian, Nepali, Fijian, Hindi
From the given name Narayan.
NARAYANANIndian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name Narayanan. A famous bearer was Kocheril Raman Narayanan (1921–2005), the 10th President of India.
NATHIndian, Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, Odia, Punjabi, Khmer
From Sanskrit नाथ (nātha) meaning "refuge, help" or "protector, owner".
NAYAKIndian, Odia, Gujarati, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Konkani, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit नायक (nāyaka) meaning "hero" or perhaps "leader, chief".
NISHANTIndian
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.
NOORPakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Punjabi, Malay, Pashto, Arabic, Indian (Muslim), Muslim
From the given name Noor, from the Arabic نُور (nūr) "light".
NOORIPersian, Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Noor (1).
ODDAIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting agriculture, such as workers and laborers.
ODDAIIndian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Odda.
ODDARIndian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Odda.
ODDEIndian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, meaning "earthworker".
OPPARAIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting an agricultural occupation.
PADIACHYIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting a footsoldier of the Palli caste.
PADUKONEIndian, Kannada (Rare), Konkani (Rare)
From the name of ಕುಂದಾಪುರ (Kundapur), a coastal town in the state of Karnataka in India. This is the surname of Deepika Padukone (1986–), an Indian actress.
PALLAIndian, Tamil
Another form of Palli.
PALLANIndian, Tamil
Another form of Palli.
PALLETelugu
This Surname usually belong to Fisherman Sect in Andhra Pradesh State of India
PALLIIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "agricultural laborers".
PAMIREDDYIndian, 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).
PANDEYIndian, Nepali, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit पण्डित (paṇḍitá) meaning "scholar, teacher". In Hindi, the word also refers to a Brahman who either teaches or cooks.
PANDITIndian, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Odia, Kashmiri
From Sanskrit पण्डित (paṇḍitá) meaning "learned, wise" and "scholar, teacher". It is used as a title for a teacher or scholar of Hinduism and Hindu philosophy.
PARAIYAIndian, 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.
PARAMARIndian, 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]
PARSIPersian, Indian (Parsi)
Derived from Persian پارسی (pârsi) literally meaning "Persian", though it also refers to the Parsi (or Parsee), a Zoroastrian community in India.
PARWAZUrdu
Meaning... [more]
PATHAKIndian, Nepali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit पाठक (pāṭhaka) meaning "reader, learner".
PATHANIndian (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.
PATHROSEIndian (Christian), Malayalam
Derived from a variant of the given name Peter (chiefly used by Malayalam Christians).
PERVAIZUrdu, Punjabi
Variant transcription of Parvez.
POWALEIndian, Marathi
Meaning unknown, of Marathi or Konkani origin.
PRADHANIndian, Odia, Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Marathi, Assamese
From the Hindu title प्रधान (pradhan) meaning "major, prime", the equivalent to the title vizier.
PRAMANIKIndian, Bengali, Hindi, Odia, Assamese
Derived from Sanskrit प्रामाणिक (prāmāṇik) meaning "genuine, authentic, credible".
PRASADIndian, 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]
QAMARUrdu
From the given name Qamar.
QASSABIndian, Muslim
Means "butcher".
QAYYUMUrdu
Derived from Arabic قيوم (qayyum) meaning "subsistence, independent, sustainer".
QURESHIUrdu, Sindhi, Indian (Muslim)
Derived from Arabic قُرَيْش (Qurayš), which refers to an ancient Bedouin tribe of the Arabian peninsula (the Islamic Prophet Muhammad belonged to a sub-clan of the tribe). The name itself is derived from Arabic قَرَشَ (qaraša) meaning "to gnash, to grind, to chew".
RADHAKRISHNANIndian, Tamil, Malayalam
Derived from Sanskrit राधा कृष्ण (rādhā-kṛṣṇa), a combination of Radha and Krishna. In Hinduism, this is the combination of both feminine and masculine aspects of God.
RAFIQUEUrdu, Punjabi, Bengali
Variant of Rafiq used in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
RAIIndian, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhutanese, Urdu
From Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, chief, sovereign" (see Raj, Raja, or Rajan).
RAISUrdu, Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian
From the Arabic tile رَئِيس (raʾīs) meaning "chief, leader".
RAJIndian, 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".
RAJAPakistani, Indian, Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil, Malaysian, Bengali, Urdu
Variant of Raj; also a South Asian title of Indian origin used to denote a prince or ruler.
RAJANIndian, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Malaysian
From the title Raja or Raj denoting a South Asian king or prince; mainly used in Southern India.
RAJPUTUrdu, 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.
RAJUIndian, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Odia, Punjabi
Means "king" from Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, sovereign, chief".
RAMACHANDRANIndian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name Ramachandran, a combination of Rama and Chandra.
RAMAKRISHNANIndian, Tamil
From the given name Ramakrishna. A notable bearer is Tamil-American structural biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (1952-).
RAMAMURTHYIndian, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" or "dark, black" (see Rama) combined with मूर्ति (mūrti) meaning "idol, icon".
RAMNARINETrinidadian Creole, Indian
Trinidadian and Guyanese form of Ramnarayan, from Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant" combined with नारायण (nārāyaṇá), an epithet of the Hindu god Vishnu.
RANAIndian (Parsi)
A Hindu and Parsi name meaning literally "king".
RANDHAWAPakistani, Indian, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Sikh and Jat tribe in Punjab.
RANJIndian
From the given name 'Ranj'
RASOOLUrdu, Arabic, Indian (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Rasul.
RASTOGIIndian, Hindi
Possibly derived from Rohtas, the name of a district in Bihar, India, itself from the name of a Hindu deity.
RASULUrdu, Pashto, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian
From Arabic رَسُول (rasūl) meaning "messenger, apostle, prophet" (see Rasul).
RAUIndian
Variant of RAO.
RAVALGujarati
"Bramhin King"
RAVIIndian
From the given name Ravi
REDDYIndian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Odia
Derived from Telugu రెడ్డి (reḍḍi) meaning "village headman".
RUSHDIEKashmiri (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 and Rashid). A famous bearer is Ahmed Salman Rushdie (1947-), a British-Indian author of Kashmiri descent.
SACHDEVIndian, Marathi, Hindi, Punjabi, Thai
From Sanskrit सत्य (satya) meaning "true, virtuous, good" combined with देव (devá) meaning "deity, god".
SACHDEVAIndian, Hindi, Punjabi
Variant transcription of Sachdev.
SADANGIIndian
Sadhangi :- Who knows the six Angas(parts)... [more]
SAEEDUrdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Bengali (Muslim), Persian
Variant transcription of Sa'id.
SAEEDIPersian, Urdu
From the given name Saeed.
SAHNIIndian (Sikh), Punjabi
Possibly from Sahni, the name of a village in Punjab.
SAHOOIndian, Odia, Bengali, Hindi
Variant transcription of Sahu.
SAHUIndian, 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.
SAIKIAIndian, Assamese
Derived from Assamese এশ (exô) meaning "one-hundred". During the Ahom dynasty, it was used as a military title for officials.
SAMIRArabic, Bengali, Indian
From the given name Samir (1).
SANDHUIndian (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.
SARAKARIndian, Odia
Odia variant of Sarkar.
SARDARIndian (Muslim), Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Persian
From the Persian title سردار (sardâr) meaning "commander, headmaster", traditionally denoting a prince, nobleman, or aristocrat.
SARKARIndian, Bengali, Assamese, Hindi
From the Persian title سرکار (sarkâr) meaning "lord, supervisor, overseer".
SARKERBengali
Variant transcription of Sarkar.
SASTRYIndian
Hindu (Brahman) name, from Sanskrit šāstrī ‘versed in the Shastras’ (from šāstra ‘book of rules’, ‘religious treatise’).
SAWHNEYIndian (Sikh), Punjabi
Variant of Sahni, which is possibly from Sahni, a village in Punjab.
SAXENAIndian, Hindi
Believed to mean "friend of the army" from Sanskrit सखा (sakhā) meaning "friend, companion" and सेना (sénā) meaning "army".
SENGUPTABengali, Indian
Derived from Sanskrit सेना (sénā) meaning "army, armament" combined with Gupta.
SETHIndian, Odia, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi
Derived from Hindi सेठ (seṭh) meaning "merchant, banker", ultimately from Sanskrit श्रेष्ठ (śreṣṭh) meaning "excellent, best".
SETHIIndian, Odia, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Thai
Contraction of Sanskrit श्रेष्ठी (śreṣṭhi) denoting the head of a mercantile or other guild.
SETHNAIndian (Parsi)
Gujarati Parsi name meaning "pertaining to the banker", derived from Hindi सेठ (seṭh) meaning "merchant, banker" (see Seth).
SHAHPersian, Urdu
Derived from Persian شاه (šâh) meaning "king, monarch", referring to a title used by former Iranian monarchs.
SHAHIndian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit साधु (sādhú) meaning "gentleman, virtuous man".
SHAHEENArabic, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Shahin.
SHAHZADUrdu, Pashto
From the given name Shahzad.
SHAKYANepali, 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.
SHANGujarati, Hindi
A Gujarati and Hindi surname with an unknown meaning.
SHANKARIndian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada
From the given name Shankar.
SHARIFBengali (Muslim), Urdu, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Indian (Muslim), Persian, Arabic, Somali
From the Arabic title شَرِيف (šarīf) meaning "noble, honoured, excellent", denoting a Muslim ruler, religious leader, or descendant of Muhammad.
SHEIKHIndian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Somali, Arabic, Persian, Punjabi
From the Arabic title شَيْخ (šayḵ) meaning "chief, chieftain, head", used as title to denote a political or spiritual leader of a Muslim community.
SHERPANepali, 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]
SHINDEIndian, Marathi
Meaning unknown; this was also the name of a Indian dynasty from Maharashtra.
SHRIVASTAVIndian, 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 (Lakshmi) combined with वत्स (vatsá) meaning "child, offspring, son".
SHRIVASTAVAIndian, Nepali, Marathi, Hindi
Variant transcription of Shrivastav.
SHUKLAIndian, Nepali, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit शुक्ल (śukla) meaning "white, bright, pure".
SHYAMALANIndian (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.
SIDDIQUIUrdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Bengali, Indian (Muslim)
Derived from Arabic صَادِق (ṣādiq) meaning "true, truthful, veracious". It was traditionally used as an honorific title or a nickname for a trustworthy person.
SIDHUIndian (Sikh), Punjabi
Sikh clan name derived from Sanskrit सिद्ध (siddha) meaning "accomplished, proven".
SINGGerman, Chinese (Cantonese), Indian
German: probably a variant of Seng. ... [more]
SINGHAIndian, Bengali, Assamese, Thai
Derived from Sanskrit सिंह (siṃhá) meaning "lion".
SINHAIndian, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi
From Sanskrit सिंह (siṃhá) meaning "lion".
SOLANKIIndian, 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.
SONIHindi
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.
SRINIVASANIndian, Tamil
Tamil variant of Shrinivas.
SRIVASTAVIndian, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Telugu
Variant transcription of Shrivastav.
SUBBIAHIndian
Tamil Last Name
SUBRAMANIANIndian
A Hindu name, based on Sanskrit subrahmaṅya "dear to Brahmans".
SURIPunjabi, 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.
TACHURITelugu
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TAHIRArabic, Urdu, Malay, Indian (Muslim)
From the given name Tahir.
TANDONIndian, Hindi, Punjabi
Punjabi Hindu (Khatri) and Sikh surname of unknown meaning.
TAYNAKIndian
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TELAGAIndian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, mostly denoting agricultural laborers.
THAKERIndian, 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]
THAKKARIndian, Gujarati, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit or Middle Indo-Aryan thakkura meaning "deity, lord, god".
THAKURIndian
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.
THAPANepali, Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Hindi, Odia
Means "warrior" in Nepali. This was the name of an aristocratic dynasty in Nepal.
UDDINBengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Urdu
From Arabic الدين (ad-dīn) meaning "the religion" (referring to Islam).
ULLAHUrdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Indian (Muslim)
Derived from Arabic اللّٰه (allāh) referring to the monotheistic god in Islamic belief (see Allah).
UNDIRMAREIndian
Marathi name meaning "mice killer"
UNNIKRISHNANIndian, 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.
UPADHYAYIndian, Nepali, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali
Hindu Brahmin surname derived from Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upādhyāya) meaning "teacher (of the Vedas)".
UPADHYAYAIndian, Nepali, Hindi, Assamese
Variant transcription of Upadhyay.
UPPARAIndian, Tamil
Another form of Oppara.
VANNIYANIndian
It denotes those belonging to the Palli caste.
VARMAIndian
Hindu name, from Sanskrit varman "armor", "protection".
VELAMAIndian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting mainly agricultural laborers.
VELLALAIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting agricultural laborers.
VELLALANIndian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Vellala.
VENKATESHIndian, 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).
VINDAHindi
Taken from Mitravinda, one of the eight principal queen-consorts of the Hindu god Krishna.
WADIAIndian (Parsi)
Parsi surname possibly derived from Wadia, the name of a village in Gujarat.
WAGHDHAREIndian
A Marathi surname meaning "Tiger Catcher"
WALIUrdu, Pashto, Bengali, Arabic
Derived from Arabic وَلِيّ (waliyy) meaning "helper, friend, protector", used in Islam to describe a saint.
WALIAIndian, Punjabi
Punjabi name of unknown meaning.
WAPPARAIndian, Tamil
Another form of Oppara.
WODDAIndian, Tamil
Another form of Odda.
YADAVIndian, 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.
YAHYAArabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Malay, Swahili
From the given name Yahya.
YAMEENUrdu, Bengali, Dhivehi
Variant transcription of Yamin.
YASEENUrdu, Arabic
Variant transcription of Yasin.
YASMINBengali, Urdu
From the given name Yasmin.
ZAFARUrdu, Bengali, Persian
From the given name Zafar.
ZAHEERPakistani, Urdu, Indian (Muslim)
Variant of Zahir used in Pakistan and India.
ZAIDIPakistani, 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.