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Sahu (or Sah or Sahoo) is a surname found in India. People using the surname may belong to various castes or tribes.[1]

The meaning of the term "Sahu" may change from region to region. The term generally means "businessman" or "moneylender".[2] It means "gentle" in the Jhelum region and "patient" among Jats.[1]


In India, the surname is found among Gakhars, Janjuas and other Rajput communities. People of Dhund, Dhanial, Kalya and Satti tribes also use the surname. In Ludhiana region, it is used by Grewal Jat people. A tribe of Jats, who are an offshoot of the Sial tribe, also use this surname. In the Kabirwala region, it is used by another Jat tribe.[1]

In Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, people with Sahu surname belong to the Marwadi business class and have been categorized in the general category.[3]

In Bihar, Jharkhand people with Sahu or Gupta surnames belonging to the Saundik, Rauniyar, Teli caste have been categorized as Other Backward Classes (OBCs).[4][verification needed]. The Sahu people in Jharkhand mostly doing Business and JOB.

The Sahu people in Maharashtra belong to the Teli caste. They migrated from Bundelkhand to mainly Vidarbha region to escape some war. They trace their origin to Karmabai who lived in the Jagannath Temple in Puri. The Sahu people of Maharashtra have been classified among Other Backward Classes (OBCs).[2][5]

In Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, Sahus belong to the Vaishnavite Brahmin caste. In Odisha, Sahus belong to Kshatriyas, Halua-Brahmins mostly in and around the Ganjam district and belong to Oriya speaking community. Some of these people have migrated to coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh.

There are also people with the surname Sahu belonging to the Teli caste in Chhattisgarh and Odisha. They have been categorised as OBCs.[6] There are also some people using the surname who belong to the Chasa caste.[7]

List of people with the surname Sahu (or Sahoo)[edit]

KALYAN SAHU,Born in 1971 (Businessman)from khammam,Telangana state. Ramesh Kumar Gupta - Shahu, Born in 1978, Chartered Accountant from Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

  • Rojalin sahu{ famous indian singer}
  • Aman sahu {QA&I engineer at VIJAI ELECTRICALS}*

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  1. ^ a b c Ibbetson; Maclagan (1 December 1996). Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North West Frontier Province. Asian Educational Services. p. 345. ISBN 978-81-206-0505-3. 
  2. ^ a b B. V. Bhanu (2004). People of India: Maharashtra. Popular Prakashan. p. 1813. ISBN 978-81-7991-102-0. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Central List of OBCs. State : Gujarat". National Commission for Backward Classes. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Central List of OBCs. State : Bihar". 
  5. ^ "Central List of OBCs. State: Maharashtra". National Commission for Backward Classes. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Central List of OBCs. State: Odisha". National Commission for Backward Classes. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Census of India, 1961: Orissa. Office of the Registrar General. 1961. Retrieved 30 March 2014. The people belonging to Chasa caste are divided into two sub-groups, i.e., Bisi and Sahu.