Pakistani Submitted Surnames

Pakistani names are used in the country of Pakistan in southern Asia. Compare also Indian names.
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AAMIR     Pakistani
From the given name Aamir.
ACHAKZAI     Pashto, Pakistani, Afghani
Means "son of Achak", a combination of Achak (referring to Achak Khan, the grandson of Barak Khan, the founder of the Barakzai tribe) and Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Achakzai are a Pashtun tribe near the Pakistani-Afghanistani border, though most reside in Pakistan.
ADIL     Urdu, Arabic, Indian (Muslim)
From the given name Adil.
ADVANI     Sindhi, Indian
Sindhi Hindu surname meaning "descendant of Adu", most likely referring to the name of a past ancestor of the clan.
AGARWAL     Indian, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi
Hindu and Jain surname meaning "people of Agroha", referring to a town in the Indian state of Haryana.
AHMADZAI     Pashto
Means "son of Ahmad", from the given name Ahmad combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son". This is the name of a Pashtun Wazir tribe in Pakistan and a Ghilji tribe in Afghanistan.... [more]
AHUJA     Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Indian (Sikh)
Sikh name meaning "descendant of Ahu", based on the name of a clan in these communities (see Arora). Ahu is presumably the name of an ancestor; the suffix -jā is patronymic.
AISHA     Urdu
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".
AKHTAR     Urdu, Indian (Muslim), Bengali, Pashto
Derived from Persian اختر (axtar) meaning "star".
ALAKOZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Means "son of Alako", a combination of Alako (referring to the son of King Zirak Khan) and Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Alakozai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan.
ALAM     Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Hindi, Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Indonesian, Afghani
Means "flag, banner, emblem", derived from the Arabic علم ('alam).
ALIZAI     Pashto
Means "descendant of Ali” from the given name Ali (1) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Alizai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
AMEEN     Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Bengali (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Amin.
ANJUM     Pakistani, Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu
From the Arabic نَجْم (najm) meaning "celestial body, star, planet".
ARIF     Urdu, Bengali, Indian (Muslim), Malay, Arabic
From the given name Arif.
ARORA     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, 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 Rohri). The name itself is derived from 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".
ASIF     Urdu
AURAKZAI     Pakistani, Pashto
Variant transcription of Orakzai.
AZMAT     Pakistani, Urdu
Derived from the Arabic عَظَمَة (ʿaẓama) meaning "majesty, glory".
BAJWA     Pakistani, Urdu, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
From the Persian باز (bâz) meaning "hawk, falcon". Used by both Pakistani Muslims and Indian Sikhs.
BANSAL     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Most likely from Sanskrit वंश (vaṃśa) meaning "bamboo, sugar cane" or "lineage, stock, pedigree".
BARAKZAI     Pashto, Afghani, Pakistani
Means "sons of Barak"; a combination of the given name Barak and Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Barakzai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan my Pakistan.
BAWA     Punjabi
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), Kashmiri, Urdu, Punjabi
From the Persian title بیگم (beygom) meaning "lady, madam", traditionally used as a royal title for Muslim females in Central and South Asia. It is the feminine equivalent of the Ottoman Turkish title بك (beg).
BUTT     Pakistani, Punjabi, Urdu
Most likely derived from the Sanskrit भटट (bhatt) meaning "scholar". This particular spelling is more common among Punjabis and Pakistanis.
CHANDER     Indian, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi
Variant of Chandra.
CHANDIA     Punjabi
Surname rarely used in Pakistani Punjab. The origin of Chandia is Pali. Chandia is a variation of the name Chanda (English and Indian).
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.
CHOUHAN     Pakistani
Surname (or family name) Chouhan has Indian, Pakistani origin, most common language spoken by them is Hindi, they are originated and/or found widely in Madhya Pradesh state
DAR     Kashmiri, Pakistani, Indian
Variant of Dhar used by Kashmiris in Pakistan.
DASS     Indian, Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, Malaysian
Variant of Das.
DAWLATZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Means "descendants of Dawlat"; a combination of the given name Dawlat and Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Dawlatzai is a Pashtun sub-tribe of the Tanoli inhabiting eastern Afghanistan.
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.
DHALIWAL     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Sikh name possibly from Daranagar, the name of an ancestral town in India.
DHAR     Indian, Urdu, Kashmiri
Kashmiri Brahmin surname of unknown meaning.
DURRANI     Pashto, Pakistani, Afghani
Derived from Pashto padshah durr-i durran meaning "king pearl of the age", a title used by Ahmad Shah Durrani, founder of the state of Afghanistan. This is the name of a Pashtun tribe in Pakistan and Afghanistan... [more]
GANDHI     Indian, Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil
Hindu, Jain, Parsi, and Sikh name meaning "perfume seller", from Sanskrit गन्ध (gandha) meaning "odour, fragrance, perfume". Notable bearers include Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), an Indian civil rights and independence leader, and Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), the first female Prime Minister of India.
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.
GOPAL     Indian, Hindi, Odia, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi
From the given name Gopal.
HADIA     Arabic (Maghrebi), Indonesian, Pakistani
From the given name Hadia.
HAIDER     Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Arabic, Bengali
From the given name Haider.
HAQ     Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Punjabi
Variant spelling of Haque.
HAQUE     Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Assamese, Pakistani
Derived from Arabic حَقَّ (ḥaqqa) meaning "true, right, correct".
HASHMI     Pakistani, Urdu, Punjabi, Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Afghani
From the Arabic هاشم (hashim) meaning "crusher, breaker of bread" (see Hashim). This surname refers to the Arab Banu Hashim clan (also called Hashemites) of the Quraysh tribe that the Islamic Prophet Muhammad was a member of.
HASSAN     Arabic, Bengali (Muslim), Urdu
From the given name Hassan.
IMAM     Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Indian (Muslim), Nigerian, Arabic, Indonesian
From Arabic إِمَام (ʾimām) meaning "leader, guide", used to denote a leader within a Muslim community.
ISHAQZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Means "son of Ishaq", from the given name Ishak combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son". This is the name of a Pashtun tribe from southwest Afghanistan.
ISLAM     Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Assamese, Hindi
Derived directly from the name of the religion of Islam, which is from Arabic الإسلام (al-ʾIslām), which in turn is derived from the Arabic إسلام (ʾislām) meaning "submission".
JALBANI     Balochi, Pakistani
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Balochi tribe residing in Pakistan.
KABIR     Bengali (Muslim), Nigerian, Pakistani, Indian (Muslim), Afghani, Persian
From the Arabic كَبِير (kabīr) meaning "big, large, great" (see Akbar).
KALSI     Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Meaning unknown. Kalsi is a clan to Sikhs while it is a sub-caste to Lohars.
KAMALIAZAD     Pakistani, Persian
It's derived from the words Kamali meaning "Ascetic's blanket" & aazaad meaning "free or independent", or even kamaal-i-aazaad meaning "perfection of the free, or independent".
KAZIM     Pakistani, Arabic, Muslim
From the given name Kazim.
KHAN     Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Pashto, Kashmiri, Punjabi
Derived from the Turkic military title khan, which is ultimately of Mongolian origin from ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ (qaɣan) meaning "king, emperor, sovereign".
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.
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.
MAHAJAN     Indian, Marathi, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati
Means "great people", from Sanskrit महा (mahā) meaning "great, large, big" combined with जन (jána) "people, subjects".
MAJID     Urdu
MALICK     Indian, Bengali, Pakistani, Western African
From the Arabic ملك (malik) meaning "king, sovereign, monarch" (see Malik (1)), used by Indian Hindus and Muslims.
MALIK     Indian (Muslim), Odia, Bengali (Muslim), Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Arabic, Indonesian, Nigerian
From the Arabic ملك (malik) meaning "king, sovereign, monarch" (see Malik (1)).
MALIKZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Means "son of the king"; from the given name Malik meaning "king" and the Pashto زوی (zoy) "son (of)".
MIRZA     Muslim, Pakistani, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Urdu, Marathi
Derived from the given name Mirza, taken directly from the Persian title of the same name denoting a prince.
MOHAMMADZAI     Pashto, Afghani, Pakistani
Means "sons of Mohammad"; a combination of the given name Mohammad and Pashto زوی (zoy) "son (of)". The Mohammadzai is a sub-tribe of the Barakzai, of which inhabits Afghanistan... [more]
MUSHARRAF     Pakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim)
From the Arabic مشرف (musharaf) meaning "supervisor, overseer" or "honourable, dominant".
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.
NAKAI     Punjabi
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 Sanskrit नाथ (nātha) meaning "refuge, help" or "protector, owner".
NIAZAI     Pashto, Afghani, Pakistani
Most likely from Persian نیاز (niyaz) meaning "need, necessity, desire, wish" (see Niaz or Niyaz) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Niazai are a Pashtun tribe inhabiting Afghanistan and Pakistan.
NOOR     Pakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Punjabi, Malay, Pashto, Arabic, Indian (Muslim), Muslim
From the given name Noor, from the Arabic نُور (nūr) "light".
NOORI     Persian, Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Noor (1).
NOORZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Means "son of light", from Arabic نور (nūr) meaning "light, ray of light, light beam" (see Nur) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Noorzai (or Nurzai) are a large Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan.
OMAR     Arabic, Somali, African, Malaysian, Pakistani, Bengali (Muslim), Muslim
From the Arabic given name Omar.
ORAKZAI     Pashto, Pakistani
Means "lost son" in Pashto; a combination of wrak meaning "lost" and زوی (zoy) meaning "son". The Orakzai (or Aurakzai) are a Pashtun tribe from the Orakzai Agency and North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.
PARWAZ     Urdu
Meaning... [more]
POPALZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Meaning unknown; a combination of Popal with an unknown meaning and Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Popalzai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan.
QURESHI     Urdu, Sindhi, Indian (Muslim)
From قُرَيْش (Qurayš) referring to an ancient Bedouin tribe of Saudi Arabia (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".
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, Raja, or Rajan).
RAIKMO     Punjabi
Very seldom Surname in Pakistani Punjab. It is not known what the name meaning is.
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 or Raja).
RAJA     Pakistani, 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.
RAM     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Indian (Sikh)
Derived from the given name Ram (2).
RANDHAWA     Pakistani, Indian, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Sikh and Jat tribe in Punjab.
RASUL     Pakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Arabic, Indonesian, Pashto
From the Arabic رَسُول (rasūl) meaning "messenger, apostle, prophet" (see Rasul). This was applied to the Islamic Propet Muhammad, who was also called رسول الله (Rasūl Allāh) meaning "messenger of Allah (God)".
SABA     Pakistani, Urdu, Indian (Muslim), Persian, Arabic, Muslim
From the given name Saba or Sabah.
SACHDEV     Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Punjabi
From Sanskrit सत्य (satya) meaning "true, virtuous, good" combined with देव (devá) meaning "deity, god".
SACHDEVA     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Variant transcription of Sachdev.
SADOZAI     Pashto, Pakistani
Means "son of Sado", a combination of the given name Sado and the Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Sadozai are a Pashtun sub-tribe of the Popalzai mainly inhabiting Pakistan and a Balochi clan of Pashtun origin... [more]
SAFI     Pashto, Afghani, Pakistani
Meaning unknown. This is the name of branch of the Ghurghakhti Pashtun tribe in regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
SAHNI     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Possibly from Sahni, the name of a village in Punjab.
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.
SALAHUDDIN     Arabic, Pakistani
Arabic origin; anglicized form is 'Saladin'. A compound name, it is formed by the root words of 'islah' (corrector) + 'deen' (faith).
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.
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.
SARWAR     Pakistani, Bengali (Muslim)
From the Persian title سرور (sarvar) meaning "master, leader, chief".
SAWHNEY     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Variant of Sahni, which is possibly from Sahni, a village in Punjab.
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.
SHAIKH     Indian (Muslim), Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Bengali (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Sheikh.
SHEIKH     Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Somali, Arabic, Persian, Punjabi
From the Arabic title شَيْخ (šayḵ) meaning "chief, chieftain, head", used as title for a political or spiritual leader of a Muslim community.
SHERZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Variant transcription of Shirzai.
SHIRZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Means "son of Sher", from the given name Sher combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son".
SIDDIQ     Pakistani, Muslim, Arabic
From the Arabic word صدیق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend" or "truthful" (see Siddiqi or Siddiqui). It was traditionally used as an honorific title or a nickname for a trustworthy person.
SIDDIQUI     Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Bengali, Indian (Muslim)
From Arabic صَادِق (ṣādiq) meaning "true, truthful, veracious". 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.
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.
TAHIR     Arabic, Urdu, Malay, Indian (Muslim)
From the given name Tahir.
TANDON     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Punjabi Hindu (Khatri) and Sikh surname of unknown meaning.
UDDIN     Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Urdu
From Arabic الدين (ad-dīn) meaning "the religion" (referring to Islam).
ULLAH     Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Afghani, Arabic, Indian (Muslim)
From Arabic اللّٰه (allāh), referring to the monotheistic god in Islam (see Allah).
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.
YOUSAFZAI     Pashto
Means "son of Yusuf", from the given name Yousaf combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son". The Yousafzai are a Pashtun tribe inhabiting Pakistan and Afghanistan.... [more]
YOUSUFZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Variant of Yousafzai primarily found in Afghanistan.
YUSUFI     Afghani, Tajik, Urdu
Cognate of Yousfi.
YUSUFZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Variant transcription of Yousafzai.
ZADRAN     Pashto, Afghani
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Pashtun tribe inhabiting Afghanistan and Waziristan (Pakistan).
ZAHEER     Pakistani, Urdu, Indian (Muslim)
Variant of Zahir used in Pakistan and India.
ZAHID     Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali (Muslim), Afghani
From the given name Zahid.
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.
ZALMAI     Afghani, Pashto
From the Pashto given name Zalmai.
ZAZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Meaning unknown. The Zazai (or Zazi) are a Karlani Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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