are used in Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan.
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ABDUL عبدال Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Bengali, Punjabi
From Arabic عبد ال (abdul
) meaning "servant of the", commonly used as a prefix for given names (such as عبد العزيز ('Abd al-'Aziz
) meaning "servant of the powerful").
AHMADZAI احمدزی Pashto
Means "son of AHMAD
" in Pashto. A notable bearer is Ashraf
Ghani Ahmadzai (1949-), the current President of Afghanistan.
BAIG بیګ Indian (Muslim), Bengali, Assamese, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Punjabi, Turkish, Arabic
Derived from the Ottoman Turkish title بك (beg
) (modern Turkish bey
) meaning "ruler, chief, lord, master". It is especially common in Pakistan and the Maghreb.
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.
ELLYAS ایلیاس Arabic, Somali, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Pashto, Punjabi, Indian (Muslim), Ethiopian, Ge'ez, Amharic, Filipino, Malay, Indonesian, Turkish
Form of ILYAS
found in several languages.
KUL کل Pakistani, Pashto, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Sindhi, Balochi, Urdu, Persian, Kurdish, Odia, Thai, Khmer, Lao
Derived from Persian گل (gol
) meaning "flower" or "rose".
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
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)".
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.
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.
XATUN زاتون Indian, Hindi, Assamese, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Pashto, Odia, Punjabi, Kurdish, Azerbaijani, Albanian, Bosnian
Alternate transcription of KHATUN
. It is common in Xinjiang, China. It is also sometimes borne by Georgians and Armenians of Azerbaijani descent.
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).