Punjabi Submitted Surnames

Punjabi names are used in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.
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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.
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.
ANAND     Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Urdu, Kannada
From the given name Anand.
ARORA     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh), 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 روهڙي (Rohri)). The name itself is derived from the 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".
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".
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), Pakistani, Kashmiri, Urdu, Telugu, Assamese, Hindi, Odia, Punjabi
From Persian بیگم (beygom), Urdu بیگم (begam), and Hindi बेगम (begam) all meaning "lady, madam"; used as a royal title for Muslim females in Central and South Asia... [more]
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.
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.
DASS     Indian, Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, Malaysian
Variant of Das.
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.
DHALIWAL     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Sikh name possibly from Daranagar, the name of an ancestral town in India.
GANDHI     Indian, Punjabi, Gujarati
Surname found in Modh Vanik caste of Gujarat and Khatri caste of Punjab. A famous bearer of this surname is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Indian civil rights leader.
GOPAL     Indian, Hindi, Odia, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi
From the given name Gopal.
HAIDER     Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Arabic, Bengali
From the given name Haider.
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.
KALSI     Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Meaning unknown. Kalsi is a clan to Sikhs while it is a sub-caste to Lohars.
KHAN     Pakistani, Muslim, Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Pashto, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kashmiri, Odia, Assamese, Punjabi
Derived from the given name Khan, which is from the Turkic title khan meaning "leader, ruler". It is Mongolian in origin, but is primarily used in Muslim-majority countries such as Pakistan.
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".
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".
NOOR     Pakistani, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Punjabi, Malay, Pashto, Arabic, Indian (Muslim), Muslim
From the given name Noor, from the Arabic نُور (nūr) "light".
RAI     Indian, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhutanese, Pakistani
From the Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, chief, sovereign" (see Raj, Raja, or Rajan).
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).
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.
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.
SAHNI     Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Possibly from Sahni, the name of a village in Punjab.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TANDON     Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Punjabi Hindu (Khatri) and Sikh surname of unknown meaning.
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.
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