Minangkabau Submitted Surnames

Minangkabau names are used on the island of Sumatra, a part of Indonesia.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
CHANIAGO Indonesian, Minangkabau
Derived from Malay niaga meaning "trade, business, commerce", used to refer to an ancient group of Buddhist merchants affiliated with the clan. This is the name of a Minangkabau suku (tribe) from West Sumatra... [more]
PILIANG Indonesian, Minangkabau
Probably derived from Indonesian pili meaning "a lot" and hyang "God, spirit, deity" or pili hyang meaning "the god, the deity" (thus forming the term peleh meaning "many gods") probably referring to the old Hindu-influenced gods that were worshiped before the arrival of Islam... [more]
SIKUMBANG Indonesian, Minangkabau
Allegedly from the phrase si kumbang meaning "black tiger", probably derived from Minangkabau kumbang which can mean "beetle" or "tiger, leopard". In this sense, the name may have been used to refer to Tamil settlers from present-day India who had darker skin and practised a tiger-like form of martial arts... [more]
TANJUNG Indonesian, Minangkabau, Batak
Derived from Malay and Indonesian tanjung meaning "cape, headland, point". This is the name of both a coastal Minangkabau suku (tribe) from West Sumatra and a Batak tribe from North Sumatra. However, only some Minangkabau families choose to use tribal names such as this one as surnames for their children (this practise is otherwise unregulated and unpopular among other Minang).