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Alternative names include Taga and Tagha

Tyagi is a surname with its origins in North India and Pakistan. The name is prevalent in both Hindu and Muslim communities.It is a Sanskrit word meaning "the renouncer".[1][page needed][2][page needed] Once localized to Western Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi, they are now also found in Sindh and Punjab provinces of Pakistan due to the migration of some Muslim Tyagis to those areas.[1][3][page needed] Taga and Tagha are alternative names that are sometimes used for the community. Surnames common to the community include Tyagi and Chaudhry.[4][page needed] Tyagi also meaning "sacrificing (oneself)" has led some Tyagis to claim Brahmin ancestors who rejected priestly occupations and were traditionally either landowning agriculturists or soldiers.[4]


  1. ^ a b Ethnographic and Folk-Culture Society (Peshawar, Pakistan) (1947). The Eastern anthropologist. Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society, Peshawar. 
  2. ^ Kripa Shankar Mathur, Binod C. Agrawal, Tribe, caste, and peasantry, Ethnographic & Folk Culture Society, U. P., 1974, ... The present Hindu and Muslim Tyagis are the descendants of a common ancestor ... 
  3. ^ Paul R. Brass, Factional Politics in an Indian State, ... The Tyagis are a highly localized Hindu caste, found only in the northwestern districts of Uttar Pradesh, in Delhi, and in two eastern districts of the Punjab ... 
  4. ^ a b Brij Raj Chauhan, Extending frontiers of sociological learning, Dept. of Sociology, Institute of Advanced Studies, Meerut University, 1980, ... Economically, the Tyagis are the biggest landowning and cultivating category. This is reflected in the title 'Chaudhary' addressed for this caste by other castes. They share about 70% land ...