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Type Surname

Meaning & History

Probably derived from Indonesian pili meaning "a lot, many" and hyang meaning "god, deity" or the phrase pili hyang meaning "the god, the deity" (most likely referring to the Hindu-influenced gods that were worshiped before the arrival of Islam in the Indonesian archipelago). This is the name of a Minangkabau suku (tribe).
Added 4/26/2019 by HL
Edited 11/21/2020 by HL