Chaudhary (Urdu: چودهرى; Bengali: চৌধুরী; Nepali: चौधरी ;Telugu: చౌదరి caudharī) is a term in Indo-Aryan languages, literally meaning "holder of four". Chowdhury (also spelt Chaudhuri, Choudhuri, Choudhari, Choudary, Chaudhari, Chaudhri, Chaudhary, Choudhary, Chaudhury, Chaudhry, Choudhury, Chowdhery, Chowdhary, Chowdhury, Chowdary, Chaudri, Chaudry or Choudhry) is a hereditary title of honour, to persons of eminence or royalty.
The earliest written references are from the 15th century, when this title was conferred by the Sultans of the Delhi Sultanate upon its military nobles of Indian origins. During the Mughal era and the British rule in India, a talukh or district usually consisted of 84 villages and a central town. The talukhdar was required to collect taxes, maintain supplies and manpower to the provincial government and undertake official tasks. In most cases the talukhdar's were entitled to retain 10% of the collected revenue for their efforts. However,some privileged Taluqdars were entitled to a quarter and hence were This Title as Perfix and Suffix with individual names Used by Mainly Jat,Gujjar and Tyagi . In Pakistan also Jat and Gujjar use this title. These landlords use chaudhary surname to show their ancestral association with land and power during pre- independence era.Traditionally, the term is used as a title indicating the ownership of ancestral land, but in contemporary usage it is often taken as a surname or title.