Pai (surname)

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Family name
Region of origin India
Language(s) of origin Sanskrit

Pai is a surname from coastal Karnataka and Goa in India. It is found among Hindus of the Goud Saraswat Brahmin community. Families with the surname Pai, are Saraswat Brahmins who speak the Konkani language, but are mostly bilingual in Kannada, Marathi and Tulu. [1][2] [3]

The name is also in use among some Konkani Catholics who trace their ancestry to the Goud Saraswat Brahmins of Karnataka and Goa.[4]

Notable people[edit]

The following is a list of notable people with last name Pai.

. P. Ananth Pai, First batch 1947 IAS, GM Indian Railways, Born Panemangalore 1923-1990


  1. ^ "Pai Family History". Oxford University Press. Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press. 
  2. ^ "GSB Surname". Copyright © 2013. GSBKONKANI. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Mythic Society (Bangalore, India) (1992). The quarterly journal of the Mythic society (Bangalore)., Volume 83. The Society,. pp. Page 103. 
  4. ^ Sarasvati's Children: A History of the Mangalorean Christians, Alan Machado Prabhu, I.J.A. Publications, 1999, p. 137
  5. ^ "G. Vasantha Pai -- Unsung Pioneer of Judicial Accountability in India". Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Vasantha Pai, an advocate's advocate". The Hindu. 2009-02-16. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
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