are used in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.
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AHLUWALIA Indian, Punjabi
From a village named Ahlu that existed as a misl (state) of the Sikh Confederacy during the 18th century.
ARORA Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, 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 Rohri). The name itself is derived from Hindi and Punjabi Aur
meaning "someone else", used by the past Aroras to escape persecution.
ASHIQ Punjabi, Urdu
Derived from Arabic عَاشِق (ʿāšiq)
meaning "enamored, infatuated" or "admirer, lover", ultimately from عِشْق (ʿišq)
"being in love".
BAKSHI Indian, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Persian بخشی (baxši)
meaning "paymaster, scribe, secretary", used as a title for officials who distributed wages in Muslim armies.
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.
BHALLI BHULLA Punjabi (Modern, Rare)
This surname originates from the Punjab. It is a sub-cast of Bhullars Jats. bhalli and bhulla are descendants of Shaheed Baba Khus haal Singh Bhullar , who was a Sikh Empire head Military officer from 1809 to 1835.
BHULLAR Punjabi (Latinized, Rare)
Bhullars and Maans are brothers, and the ancient Jat Bhullar and Maan founded the word Jat and first called themselves Jat, hence this is the first founder of Jat words
BUTT Punjabi, Urdu
Most likely derived from Sanskrit भटट (bhatt)
Surname rarely used in Pakistani Punjab. The origin of Chandia is Pali. Chandia is a variation of the name Chanda (English and Indian).
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Punjabi-speaking subclan of the Jat people found in India and Pakistan, with most members being either Muslim or Sikh.
DAYAL Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Means "kind, compassionate", derived from Sanskrit दया (dayā)
meaning "compassion, pity".
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.
GANDHI Indian, Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil
Means "perfume seller", derived from Sanskrit गन्ध (gandha)
meaning "odour, fragrance, perfume". Notable bearers include Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), an Indian civil rights and independence leader, and Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), the first female Prime Minister of India.
KAPOOR Indian, Punjabi, Hindi
Punjabi Kshatriya name derived from Sanskrit कर्पूर (karpūra)
meaning "camphor" (referring to a white crystalline substance used in medicine), itself possibly of Proto-Austronesian origin.
KHALSA Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Theorised to be derived from Arabic خَلَصَ (ḵalaṣa)
meaning "to be pure, to be clear". In Sikhism, the term refers baptised or initiated Sikhs.
KHAN Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim)
Derived from the Turkic military title khan
, which is ultimately from Mongolian ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ (qaɣan)
meaning "king, emperor, sovereign".
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 Sanskrit lala
meaning "cajoling". It can also mean "boy" or "red, ruby" in Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali.
Lānda (ਲਾਨਦਾ) is a Punjabi surname that is used amongst families belonging to the Bhat tribe. The bearers of this surname belong to the gotra Lākhanpal, which is of Kshatriya origin.
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.
QURESHI Sindhi, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Balochi, Indian (Muslim)
Derived from Arabic قُرَيْش (Qurayš)
, which refers to an ancient Bedouin tribe of the Arabian peninsula that the Islamic Prophet Muhammad
was a member of. The name itself is derived from Arabic قَرَشَ (qaraša)
meaning "to gnash, to grind, to chew".
RAI Indian, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhutanese, Urdu
From Sanskrit राज (rāja)
meaning "king, chief, sovereign" (see Raj
, or Rajan
RAJ Indian, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Odia, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhalese
From Sanskrit राज (rāja)
meaning "king, chief, sovereign", ultimately from राजन् (rājan)
meaning "king, sovereign, prince, chief".
RAJPUT Urdu, Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Assamese, Punjabi
Means "son of the king", derived from Sanskrit राजा (rājā)
meaning "king, sovereign, prince" combined with पुत्र (putrá)
meaning "son, child". This is also the name of a caste originating from the Indian subcontinent.
RAMADAN Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic
From Arabic رَمَضَان (ramaḍān)
referring to the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is marked by fasting in Muslim tradition.
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.
SETH Indian, Odia, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi
Derived from Hindi सेठ (seṭh)
meaning "merchant, banker", ultimately from Sanskrit श्रेष्ठ (śreṣṭh)
meaning "excellent, best".
SHARIF Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Indian (Muslim), Persian, Arabic, Somali
From the Arabic title شَرِيف (šarīf)
meaning "noble, honoured, excellent", denoting a Muslim ruler, religious leader, or descendant of Muhammad
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.
THAKUR Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Odia, Assamese, Gujarati, Nepali
From an feudal title used for noble classes in India and Nepal derived from Sanskrit ठक्कुर (ṭhakkura)
meaning "deity, chief, lord".