are used in the country of Afghanistan in central Asia.
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AFGHANZADA Persian, Afghani
Means "son of the Afghan", from Pashto and Persian افغان (afǧân)
referring to an inhabitant of Afghanistan or a member of the Pashtun ethnic group combined with the Persian suffix زاده (-zâde)
AHMADZAI احمدزی Pashto
Means "son of AHMAD
" in Pashto. A notable bearer is Ashraf
Ghani Ahmadzai (1949-), the current President of Afghanistan.
DURRANI دراني Pashto
Derived from Persian در (dorr)
meaning "pearl". It was historically used in the phrase padshah durr-i durran
meaning "king pearl of the age", a title used by Ahmad Shah Durrani, the founder of the modern state of Afghanistan.
I was given this name from my dad who comes from Afghanistan. It's extremely rare in the UK. My dad always told me that my name was created. My grandfather used to help out refugees near the area (in Afghanistan) and the name "Kumaki" was his nickname from the people he helped out... [more]
MOHAMMADZAI محمدزی Pashto
Means "son of Mohammad", from the given name MOHAMMAD
combined with Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Mohammadzai are a sub-tribe of the BARAKZAI
inhabiting Afghanistan... [more]
NIAZAI نيازي Pashto
Most likely from Persian نیاز (niyaz)
meaning "need, necessity, desire, wish" (see NIAZ
) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)"... [more]
NOORZAI نورزي Pashto
Means "son of light", from Arabic نور (nūr)
meaning "light, illumination" combined with Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)".
NURISTANI نورستانی Afghani
Derived from the name of Nuristan
(meaning "land of light"), a province in northern Afghanistan.
ORAKZAI اوركزى Pashto
Means "lost son" from Pashto ورک (worak)
meaning "lost" and زوی (zoy)
PATHAN Indian (Muslim), Bengali, Urdu, Pashto
Derived from Hindustani पठान (paṭhān)
meaning "a Pashtun (person)", referring to the Pashtun ethnic group inhabiting present-day Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is sometimes used by Pashtuns who ancestrally migrated to India.
POPALZAI پوپلزي Pashto
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from Persian پوپل (pupal)
meaning "betel nut". The Popalzai are a Pashtun sub-tribe of the DURRANI
in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan.
SADOZAI سادزی Pashto, Balochi
Means "son of SADO
" in Pashto. The Sadozai are a Pashtun sub-tribe of the POPALZAI
mainly inhabiting Pakistan as well as a Baloch tribe living by the Gulf of Oman in Iran... [more]
SAFI ساپی Pashto, Afghani, Pakistani
Meaning unknown. This is the name of branch of the Ghurghakhti Pashtun tribe in regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Meaning "son of Sherkhan" in Pashto. Sherkhan itself means "lion king" in Persian. This surname is found among Afghans belonging to the Barech, one of the Durrani Pashto tribes.
SHINWARI شينواري Pashto
Perhaps from Shinwar, the name of a Pashtun-inhabited district in Afghanistan. The Shinwari are a Pashtun tribe found in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
SIDIQI صديقي Pashto, Persian, Afghani
Means "the veracious" from Arabic صَدَقَ (ṣadaqa)
meaning "to be truthful, to be sincere". It is also a variant of Persian SADEGHI
STANIKZAI ستانکزی Pashto
Of unknown meaning. The Stanikzai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan.
WALI ولي Urdu, Pashto, Bengali, Arabic
Derived from Arabic وَلِيّ (waliyy)
meaning "helper, friend, protector", used in Islam to describe a saint.
WARDAK وردگ Pashto
Meaning uncertain. The Wardak are a Pashtun tribe from the Maidan Wardak Province in Afghanistan.
YOUSAFZAI يوسفزی Pashto
Means "son of YUSUF
" in Pashto. A notable bearer is Malala
Yousafzai (1997-), a Pakistani education and human rights activist and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
ZADRAN ځدراڼ Pashto
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Pashtun tribe inhabiting Afghanistan and Waziristan (Pakistan).