Puri (surname)

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Puri is the family name of a Khatri clan with origins in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.

Origin and etymology[edit]

The surname may possibly be derived from the Purus,[1][2] the mythological Indo-Aryan tribe.

Buddha Prakash, Professor of History and of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Director of the Institute of Indic Studies, said:

The Purus settled between the Asikni and the Parusni, whence they launched their onslaught on the Bharatas, and after the initial rebuff in the Dasarajna War, soon regrouped and resumed their march on the Yamuna and the Sarasvati and subsequently merged with the Bharatas, Some of their off-shoots lingered on in the Punjab and one of their scions played a notable part in the events of the time at Alexander's invitation. They probably survived in the Punjab under the name of Puri, which is a sub-caste of the Khatris.[1]

Notable people[edit]





  • Balraj Puri, journalist, writer and human rights activist

Film actors[edit]


  • Sanam Puri, Lead Vocalist of the Independent music band SANAM and Bollywood Singer
  • Samar Puri, Guitarist in the band SANAM, popularly known as 'Flying Guitarist'. He is also the sibling of Sanam Puri.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Prakash, Buddha (1964). Political and Social Movements in Ancient Panjab. Delhi, Patna, Varanasi: M. Banarsidass. p. 77.
  2. ^ Kosambi, Damodar Dharmanand (1966). Ancient India: A History of its Culture and Civilisation. Delhi: Pantheon Books. pp. 81–83.