Type Surname (from nickname)
Scripts چانياڬو (Minangkabau Jawi)
Other Forms FormsCaniago
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Contributor Contrib.highexpectasians on 7/9/2019
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. 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).