Names are very much dependent on language but English is a language that is known as the international language. Every country has more than one language that they speak even though they have one national language, which means that there will be a lot of variations in the names as well.
Did you know that in India, there are over 20,000 languages that people speak?
That is a very huge number and thinks being a bilingual trilingual person only in India is considered a very cool thing. Even though the constitution of India is written in Hindi and English but still the books are translated into 22 other languages as well. This also means that if you ever run out of ideas of naming anything, you can always look for names in India where you can have countless ideas.
There are many Gods in the Indian religion and there are many names of them and they had many descendants and they had further and so, people have uncountable naming options because they can mix or add up two names and come up with a totally different and unique name.
The last Indian names have really strong meanings behind it and people who are inspired by the stories who also have a positive meaning to it, they keep that name.
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Indian Last Names with Meanings
Agarwal is a habitational name. Agroha origin is located in Hisar district which now belongs to Haryana. Otherwise Alternatively some voices come from the origin in Agar southeast of Madyabardesh
Bedi is a famous Sikh name from clan in the community named Khatri. Actual origin comes from founder os Sikhism Guru Nanak. He was from Vedi Clan
This name means that a person who is very learned or who can learn things very fast.
People also follow their casts and this name is derived from a cast called the Kshatriya and people have shortened it to make it easy to pronounce as well. In Bollywood movies, the name Khatri will always be a person who will be a villain.
This is the last name that is used by the Sikh people. It was a name of Arora’s ancestors naming Ahu.
This is a name that is derived from the word Anada which is meant as Joy in Sanskrit. This is a very common name as well.
Believe it or not, this name has traveled a long way. It is a cast that is used as a name that is commonly used in a city called Baluchistan, Pakistan. And Pakistani also uses this name as well.
This is also a very common name in the Hindi language. Every 5 out of 10 people of Gujarati will have the last name as Patel. This means the village’s headman and this name is frequently used in Bollywood movies as well.
This name is mostly used in Sothern India. This name has a history of having good administration of farming or administrating any big company. But this doesn’t apply to all Reddy’s.
This is a Hindi and Punjabi last name. This name has a legit history, this is a Persian name which was actually called ‘Bakhshi’ which meant the paymaster. Bakhshi was the person who had to give wages to people of Muslim armies.
You must be thinking that it is a Christian name, but the fact is that this is kept by Christian Indian people. And even in Bollywood movies, every Christian character will have this name.
This is a name which means father. Although, this is the name of every other person who is an aged person to give respect. It was actually derived from a language called the Prakrit and it is still also called ‘Bappa’. Babu is also called to a baby boy.
This is also the name of a girl and a boy. This is a word from a Sanskrit language and it means an honorable man or an honorable woman.
This is the last name that is derived from the Sanskrit language and it was the name of the child of Krishna’s son. This name is most commonly used in South India.
This is a Bengali last name. This name has two meanings, Ban was the short name of a village named Bandoghat and the last name Jee is derived from Jha which means a teacher.
This is a name that is also used by Christians. This name is used in North India which is called pronounced as Verma. This is a name derived from the Sanskrit language which was also called previously as Varman.
This name means the learned one and this is a name that is most common with goldsmiths of Punjab.
This is a Bengali name. It comes from the Sanskrit language which was also called Vasu which means wealth, gem and radiance. Basu is also the name of the epithet of Lord Shiva. There is an actress in India, her name is Bipasha Basu and she is very famous and wealthy as well. She means the exact meaning of her last name.
This is a name that is associated with the Khatri clan which was mentioned above. This is a name that is derived from the Sanskrit language and earlier it was called Vedi which means the one who knows the Vedas.
This is the last name that is most commonly used in South India. This means armor or protection it was derived from the Sanskrit language. And it was associated with Kshatriya but now it is used by many people.
This is a Parsi last name. It is derived from an old Persian name Darayavahush which means possessor.
This is a name that is used by Juts clan also called the Gotra. This name issued by the Northern areas of people. People say that there was a king named Dalal of this clan.
If you have a friend who has the last name Chowdhury, then you know that he/she has a lot of swag because they have huge respect among people and they got more powers than a regular civilian. This name is used by Muslims and Hindus both.
This is the last name of Sikh people. This clan is associated with the Arora clan.
This is the last name that is associated with the Khatri clan.
This is a Bengali last name. This name is derived from the Sanskrit language which was then called Cakravarti which means Emperor.
It is a Hindu and a Sikh last name. This word is associated with the Arora clan.
This is the last name used by the Sikh community. Ahlu is also a village in Lahore, Pakistan. People who have migrated from there mostly use this name.
This is a Muslim Indian last name. This last name is also used by many Muslims in Pakistan and in different parts of the world. Because it has a very beautiful meaning; trustworthy.
This is a Bengali and Punjabi last name. This word is derived from the Sanskrit language which means gift. In the Puranas (also means old days), this name was associated with the Vaishya cast. And in Assam and Bengal cities, the last name Datta belongs to the Kayastha caste.
This is a Sikh last name and it is associated with the Juts clan. And there is an actor whose name is Sunny Deol and his brothers and father have made a huge in the Bollywood. And they mostly do Punjabi movies.
|Chauhan||Chauhan Originated from King of Rajashtan|
|Dhillon||It is famous Jutt subcaste and surname in India|
|Bakshi||One who divided wages in Muslims|
|Sidhu||Indian Punjabi surname|
|Malick||It is used in three countries, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh|
|Bains||Name of Indian Sikh tribe|
|Batra||Clan Name, famous in Arora|
|Char||Spiritual Guide in Sanskrit|
|Manan||Name of King in Tamil|
|Ganesh||In Tamil for people who migrated|
|Garg||Oswal Banias and Agarwal Banias have a clan name as Garg|
|Mehta||Rajishtani Origin meaning chief|
|Dara||Sikh Name, a sign of wisdom|
|Golla||Nickname for the bald person|
|Deol||Famous Sikh surname|
|Hari||Hari for the one who takes away|
|Shah||Shah is a famous surname for both Muslims and Hindus|
|Rao||Originated from Rajputs, most common in Orissa|
|Gour||Name from the Rajput clan|
|Gulati||Sikh Name without meaning|
|Seth||A rich banker or merchant|
|Kumar||In Sanskrit, the name for the son|
|Puri||A clan from Khatri community|
|Lanka||Not specific meaning|
|Kakar||Khatri community, bahar division|
|Lad||Area of southern Punjab|
|Naidu||Name from Andhra Pradesh community|
|Meman||Surname meaning in another language ”Mother’s breast|
|Modi||Name of Gujrati People|
|Malhotra||Extended from Mehta|
|Kata||Kata stands for worthy|
|Kashyap||Word with many meanings, popular surname|
|Kohli||Kohli is also based on Khatri Community|
|Kyber||The surname in India and Pakistan|
|Khare||Khare’s meaning is genuine|
|Parsa||Extension of Persian|
|Pandit||Name for scholar|
|Munshi||Name for clerk|
|Narain||Indian name from Guyana and Trinidad|
|Mutti||Name of the clan in Kamboh Community|
Origin of Names
What is the name? Name is a word or a set of words that is used to define a person or an animal or anything for that matter. But did you know that naming has a very little-known history of it? Yes, it is hard to believe that such a common thing could have a history as well. But if you look around everything has a name and did you ever give a thought that how people came up with giving anything a name.
People name animals with their biological trades and properties and come up with a short name. And that is how just like that, people give names to things. But who came up with naming things and what would happen if we didn’t have names! Well, it is hard to imagine and think that what could and what could not happen but we do know that when the languages first started to become common and when they started to make sense, people started naming things as well.
The human gave birth to languages about 100,000 years ago. When the humans first figured out the animals are edible too, they started farming them and this was way back at least 12,000 years ago. At those times, people used to make animal sounds to alter people about other animals. And as time passed on, when the language progressed, people started calling them with their names. But we still don’t know how a dog and cat or any animal because they don’t sound like that. People have been doing amazing progress in the field of language and naming.
History of Indian Surnames
According to the Bible, the first names in the universe were of Adam (means Earth) and Eve (means living) and in the same way different religions have different names.
Did you know that in the small town of England and India only, there are more than 55,000 surnames that have a special meaning behind it?
People keep their names or their pets or things names by keeping in mind physical attributes, personality, habit, from the Holy books and even repeat their ancestor’s names. When there were no borders and no wars, people used to call them by their single names or by their nicknames, yes, nicknames were a trend since then. Then a man named Norman Barons introduced surnames or you can say last names or family names.
Children whose fathers had died, they had their mother’s last name but it was then finalized, after years that the father’s name will be the last name even if the father is alive or not. But people started keeping names which sounded cool and it had a work connection as well, like; Chapman (means a shopkeeper), Leech (means physician), Goldsmith (means the person who dealt in gold or silver) or Knight, Squire, Archer, Bowman (all these meant an arrow maker). Then people broke down names into smaller ones like Goldsmith became Smith and Chapman became Chapman.
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How names associated with Languages
Even the names in Bible has a complete story and meaning to it, for example, Mathew means the gift from God, Michael means who is like God, Isaiah means God’s salvation, Nathaniel means God has given, Jeremiah means God exalts and the list can go on and on.
People who like the meaning of a word in a Bible which has a positive meaning, keep it as a name. Just like that Muslims have beautiful names with beautiful meanings behind it, even there are many Hindus and Christians who keep Muslim names because they sound nice. Like the name Rehman mean the most merciful, Raheem means the bestower of mercy, Malik means the king, Azeez means they all might, Khaliq means the creator and again the list can go on and on.
Muslims believe that there 99 names of Allah and people are allowed to keep these names. People say that whatever they keep the names have a huge effect on their personality development as well. There are people who also keep Satanic names or the names of the devil but they all don’t have to be devilish people, they keep it because it sounds cool to them.