Kashmiri Surnames

Mohit Sapru Posted On :
4 min, 662 words

Categories: Kashmir

Among the many characteristics of Kashmiri Pandits are their characteristic surnames. For such a tiny ethnic community it is amazing to have such a wide and contrasting range of surnames. It also reflects a streak of humor, well entrenched in the Kashmiri psyche even today.

How such surnames got stuck with individual families is an arduous task for research and a subject in itself. These surnames have been classified under varied categories like those of vegetables, flowers, fruits, cereals, utensils, animals, birds, state of mind or body, profession, place names etc.

Some of the surnames could have been left out, which the readers could contribute to make the list more up to date.

Vegetables

Hak, Kangich, Muj (Mujoo) Nadir, Wangan (Wangnoo)

Flowers/trees/garden

Bagh, Boon (Boni), Chaman, Jafir, Posh, Puship,, Zaifrani

Fruits

Alich, Badam, Bamtsunt, Glass (Cherry), Meva, Pambuchh, Tang, Tul

Cereals

Channa, Kanna, Makai, Moong (Monga), Muth (Muthoo)

Other Edibles

Anima, Batta, Damni, Namak, Noon, Pakmund, Watt, Wugra (Ogra)

Spices

Badian, Mirchwangan, Shonth

Utensils etc.

Anit, Bohgan, Choncha, Dul (Dulloo), Kenz, Khasu, Kretch, Krund (Krundu/Kundu), Masaldan, Parwa,, Pyala, Shup, Taku, Tsong, Wakhul (Wakhloo)

Stationery

Kagaz, Kalamdan, Parcha

Aichkan, Bilcha, Loong, Magazine, Mohil, Moza, Parmana, Pattoo, Pulhor (Pulharu), Renta, Saban, Tsangij

Sounds

Bishta, Chirev (Chirvoo), Duf, Thapthap, Thas, Thus (Thussu), Wufa

State of Mind/Body etc

Adkal, Bradu, Chattoo, Gorekh, Jatta, Kaboo, Kachroo, Kalloo, Khosa, Khoshu, Madan, Mat, Mattoo, Mushran, Nees, Nassi, Pahalwan, Safaya, Shoda, Shorabi, Taploo, Thapal, Trakru, Tchapal, Vashnev

Disabled or Afflicted

Chanta, Gigu (Gigoo), Kanchet, Karihul (Karihaloo), Kharu (Kharoo), Khenkh, Leng (Langoo), Muku, Shongal (Shungloo), Tramboo, Tunda, Tutu, Wen(Wangu)

Diseases

Chareg, Charagbeg, Zaharbad

Animals

Brer (Braru), Dhand, Gagar, Hangal (Hangloo), Hapat, Hastu, Heswal, Jawansher, Kachwa, Kath, Khacher, Khar (Kher), Padar, Pannz (Panzoo), Pash (Pashu), Shall, Sher, Wandur, Woont (Oont)

Birds

Bilbichru, Bulbul, Cherbacha, Janwar, Kaw, Kantroo, Kakav, Kokroo, Koltoonch, Kotru, Kukil (Kokiloo), Pachhan, Shoga, Tota, Tchinhangar

Insects etc.

Bambroo, Bumsin, Gad (Fish), Kem (Kemmu), Machha, Zallar

Slang

Bokut, Chobar, Gaan, Kuchir (Kuchroo), Layuk, Ledh, Mandal, Tengloo, Tukra, Want

Common Surnames

Bhan, Bhat, Dhar, Ganjoo (Ganju), Koul/Kaul, Pandit, Pandita, Raina, Razdan, Tikoo/Tiku, Zutshi

Place

Arigami, Babdemb, Beru, Chandpuri, Chhatabali, Doda, Draboo, Hali, Hanjura, Kakapori, Kandhari, Khardori, Kilam, Lahoori, Lalpori, Mahanoori, Marhatta, Parimoo, Punjabi, Purib, Qasba, Sathu, Seru, Shivpori, Sumbli, Sopori, Thatoo, Troprei, Tsrer, Turki, Vesu, Zalpori

Profession etc.

Adalti, Aima, Akhoon, Atil (Atal), Bagati, Barbuz, Bazaz, Chowdhary, Daftari, Dalal, Dandar (Dandroo), Darbari, Darmarthi, Gaddu, Ganz, Garisaz, Garyali, Goor (Guru), Gosain (Gosani), Hakim, Jailkhani, Jangi, Jyotshi, Kabadi, Kander (Kandroo), Kannungo (Quanoongo), Kazi (Qazi), Karwani, Kashkari, Khar, Kharwal, Khazanchi, Kotha, Kothdar, Kotwal, Lalla, Machama, Mahaldar, Malla, Mallik, Marakban, Menzar, Munshi, Nageb, Naqaib, Nagri, Nagari, Nalka, Nanwai, Navid, Patwalli, Panyech, Pariyer, Patwer (Patwari), Peer, Qazi, Raida, Rangar (Rangroo), Rawal, Razgari, Reyazi, Sadhu, Saraf, Sardar, Shair, Shakdar, Shali, Sonar, Tabardar, Tangwel, Tarwel (Tarwali), Teli, Thalchoor, Tilwen, Toshkhani, Tsur (Tchur), Vakil, Wattal, Waza, Wazir, Zer (Zaroo)

Miscellaneous

Agha, Ambardar, Babu, Badshah, Bakaya, Bakshi, Bali, Bamzai, Bangroo, Bhandari, Bibi, Bindroo (Bindru), Buj (Buju), Bushan, Chagtu, Chakbast, Chaku, Challu (Challoo), Chatta, Checha, Chrungoo (Chrungu), Dass, Dassi, Datt, Deemb, Drabu (Draboo), Duda, Durrani, Fotedar, Gadroo, Garoo, Garyali, Gheeru, Ghaid, Goja, Guris, Gurtu, Hakku, Haksar, Handoo, Hangar, Hafiz, Happa, Harkar, Hashia, Jad, Jagyasoo, Jalali, Jan, Janda, Jattu, Jinsi, Kadalbuju, Kak, Kakar, Kalla, Kampassi, Kannaw, Kaptan, Kar, Katal, Katju, Kenu, Khabri, Khah, Khoda, Khodai, Khodbali, Kis (Kissu),Kisroo, Kitchlu (Kitchloo), Kohistani, Kuchhey, Kunzru, Labroo, Langar, Lidhoo/Lidoo, Mam, Manvati, Mantoo, Mawa, Mazari, Mirakhur, Mirza, Miskeen, Misri, Miya, Mogul, Mukroo, Nar, Naru, Narayan, Naz, Nehru, Nizam, Oakhan, Pajnoo (Pajan), Pandoh, Peshin, Potass, Pottar, Rafiz, Raghu, Rajput, Rambal, Rayu, Reshi, Revu (Revoo), Sahib, Salman, Sapru (Saproo), Sar, Sas, Sazawal, Sharma, Shashoo/Shishu, Shongar, Sidha, Siboo, Sultan, Suman, Swaroop, Tak,Talashi, Tankhah, Tarozhar, Teng, Thassu, Thathu, Tikil, Trisal (Trichal), Tufchi, Tutoo, Vainkhana, Vaas, Vuthu (Wuthu), Wachu, Wali, Wanchoo, Warikoo, Yechh, Zadoo.

The author(B. K. Raina) is a retired Director from Geological Survey of India

Further reading: https://kashmirasitis.com/surnames/