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Chowdhury is a hereditary title of honor originating in the Indian subcontinent.

Its alternate spellings include: Chaudri, Choudhary Chaudhry, Chowdary, Chaudhary, Chaudry, Choudary, Choudhry, Chaudhari, Chudhry.

Meaning and significance[edit]

"Chowdhury" is a term in Indo-Aryan languages, literally meaning "holder of four" (four denoting a measure of land) in Sanskrit, from čatus (four) and dhar (to hold or possess.[1] The name is an ancient Sanskrit term denoting the head of a community or caste.[2] These people generally belong to the upper castes who were the landlords, Zamindars, Thasildar before and during British Rule. The title is used by Ahirs,[3] Gujjars,[4] Jats[5] and Kammas.[6]

Similar lordships existed in other parts of the Eastern world, including in the Ottoman Empire (Malik) and Persia (Arbab).[7][better source needed]






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  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. ^ Sociological Bulletin. Indian Sociological Society. 2004-01-01. 
  5. ^ Sociological Bulletin. Indian Sociological Society. 2004-01-01. 
  6. ^ "What's in a name? These caste groups will tell you". The News Minute. 2015-04-12. Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
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  8. ^ M. L. Ahuja (2000). Handbook of General Elections and Electoral Reforms in India, 1952-1999. Mittal Publications. pp. 302, 340. ISBN 9788170997665. 
  9. ^ Pakistani Leaders Online