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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 decade ago

What are the most common Indian surnames (last names)?

FYI, I'm an American. The first family from India I met had the surname "Gupta." Since then, I've met a lot of Guptas, several Chopras and quite a few Ganeshes.

I've read the Wikipedia entry for Indian names (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_name) so there's no need to cite it or explain to me how surnames are formed, used or not used.

What I'm wondering about is what that article doesn't explain: The prevalence (or lack) of surnames (last names) in India, which are most common, and [if possible] the meanings of the most common surnames, if appropriate.

Thanks in advance! I always pick a best answer, so this is a sure 10 points for the person with the best answer.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Common Northern India Surnames: (Delhi, Haryana, Punjab,etc)

    Sharma

    Verma

    Gupta

    Malhotra

    Bhatnagar

    Saxena

    Kapoor, Kapur

    Singh

    Mehra

    Chopra

    Sarin

    Malik

    Common Eastern India surnames: (Bengal, Orrisa, etc.)

    Chatterjee

    Sen

    Bose

    Sengupta

    Das

    Dasgupta

    Banerjee

    Chattopadhyay

    Mukopadhyay

    Dutta

    Common Southern India surnames: (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, etc.)

    Nair (or Nayar)

    Pillai

    Rao

    Jayaraman

    Venkatesan

    Balasubramanium

    Subramanium

    Rangan

    Rangarajan

    Common Central India (Bihar/ Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, etc)

    Singh (Common for North also)

    Yadav

    Jhadav

    Jaiteley

    Chauhan

    Mistry

    Khan

    Common Western India surnames: (Maharashtra, Gujarat, etc)

    Shah

    Mehta

    Patel (Gujarati)

    Patil (Maharashtrian)

    Pawar, Powar

    Gavde

    Kadam

    Tambe

    Chavan

    D'souza, Lobo, Rodrigues, D'Costa (Goan/ Pondicherry surnames- Former Portugal Colonies in India)

  • shoaf
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Indian Surnames

  • 3 years ago

    Indian Last Names

  • 4 years ago

    Kerala / Malayalam / Malayalee Hindu most common lastnames or surnames:

    Nair

    Pillai

    Panicker

    Kurup

    Menon

    Thambi

    Nampoothiripad

    Naboothiri

    Bhattathiri

    Nambeesan

    Warrier

    Kaimal

    Varma (notice, it is spelled with Va instead of Ve)

    Kokani (Gauda Saraswatha Brahmin) last names

    Kamat

    Kamath

    Shenoy

    Rao

    Sharma

    Naik

    Bai (usually for women)

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  • 5 years ago

    SINDHIS SURNAMES......

    Hinduja

    Ahuja

    Advani

    Kriplani

    Talreja

    Pahuja

    Jethmalani

    Makhija

    Chugh

    Gaba/Gabeja

    Manuja

    Dusseja

    Bhatia

    Makhija

    Kalani

    Rajani

    Gereja

    Punjabi

    Mirani,

  • 5 years ago

    Kumar

    Sharma

    Kapoor

    Arora

    Agarwal

    Dave

    Duggal

    Patel

    Anand

  • 6 years ago

    Indian surnames also sometimes reflect the hereditary profession of individuals. The surnames also show the places of their stay or origin-prominent forefathers and so on. These days identifying surnames are withdrawn by people to hide family professions which are not always held in high esteem in the society.

  • 6 years ago

    Patel

    Gupta

    Macherla

    Sharma

    Chopra

    Pura

    Thilsa

    Ram

    Singh

    • Bredman5 years agoReport

      I work with a guy named Ankit Sharma. So I like this list....But still there's no Kumar on there

  • 3 years ago

    Marathi Surname

    bansode

    shinde

    kamble

    bhalerao

    gade

    Bhosle

    Zanze

    kate

    dhore

    landge

    jadhaw

    more

    mate

    barathe

    lande

    phuge

    kand

    sanas

    chawhan

    pinjan

    dabhade

    kalbhor

    takle

    sonawne

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Kapadia

    Matha

    • Rohan4 years agoReport

      also,
      Patel
      Chauhan
      Tangaturu
      Khatri
      Khutri

  • 6 years ago

    Singh, Kaur, Devi, Dev, Murthy, Chaudhary, Gandhi, Patel, Khan, Hasan, Ali, Hussain, Dorji, Gurung, Das, Sharma, and Verma, are some of the most common last names throughout India. There are thousands of other surnames.

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