Chowdhury

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Chaudhary is a hereditary title of honor and surname originating in the Indian subcontinent.

Meaning and significance[edit]

"Chaudhury" is a term in Indo-Aryan languages, literally meaning "holder of four" in Sanskrit, from čatus (four) and dhuriya (burden of responsibility).[1] The name is an ancient Sanskrit term denoting the head[2] of a community or caste.

In India, this title is mainly used by Ahirs,[3] Gujjars and Jats.[4][5]

Similar lordships existed in other parts of the Eastern world, including in the Ottoman Empire (Malik) and Persia (Arbab).[6][better source needed]

Notables[edit]

Bangladesh[edit]

India[edit]

Nepal[edit]

Fiji[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
  2. ^ Campbell, Mike. "User-submitted surname Choudhry". Behind the Name. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  3. ^ Lucia Michelutti (2002). "Sons of Krishna: the politics of Yadav community formation in a North Indian town" (PDF). PhD Thesis Social Anthropology. London School of Economics and Political Science University of London. p. 83. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Indian Sociological Society (2004). Sociological Bulletin, Volume 53. Indian Sociological Society. p. 405. 
  5. ^ Indian Sociological Society (2004). Sociological Bulletin, Volume 53. Indian Sociological Society. pp. 404, 406, 408. 
  6. ^ https://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Choudhury
  7. ^ M. L. Ahuja (2000). Handbook of General Elections and Electoral Reforms in India, 1952-1999. Mittal Publications. pp. 302, 340. ISBN 9788170997665. 
  8. ^ Pakistani Leaders Online