In India, the surname is found among Gakhars, Marwadi, Baniya, Janjuas, Jats and other Rajput communities. People of Dhund, Dhanial 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.
In Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, people with Sahu surname belong to the Marwadi business class and have been categorized in the general category. Sahus of Mahakaushal area (Gondwana) are also known as Malguzar, Seth, and Pethiya.
In Bihar, Jharkhand people with Sahu or Gupta surnames,those are Sudi and Roniaur caste. The Sahu people in Bihar and Jharkhand are mostly doing Business and increasingly getting into Govt. and private Jobs. They are one of most dominating business caste in both states also all-over India. Although they are most affluent and respected in society, they have been classified as OBC (creamy layer) all-over India.
The Sahu people in Maharashtra belong to the Marwari 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.
In Odisha, Sahus belong to Kshatriyas, Halua-Brahmins, Telis, Sundhis (Bania) 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.
List of people with the surname Sahu (or Sahoo)
- Chandra Sekhar Sahu (born 1950), politician from Odisha, India
- Chandu Lal Sahu, politician, represents Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh
- Gazi Saiyyed Salar Sahu (c. 11th century), a commander in the army of Mahmud of Ghazni
- Kanak Manjari Sahoo (born 1957), writer and translator from Odisha, India
- Kishore Sahu (1915–1980), film actor and director from Madhya Pradesh, India
- Laxminarayan Sahu (1890–1963), writer and politician from Odisha, India
- Nandini Sahu (born 1973), writer and critic in English literature from Odisha, India
- Nattal Sahu (c. 1132), merchant prince who lived during the reign of the Tomara kings near Delhi
- Pardeep Sahu (born 1985), cricketer, Haryana & Kings XI Punjab
- Sarojini Sahoo (born 1956), writer from Odisha, India
- Sudarshan Sahoo (born 1939), sculptor from Odisha, India
- Sunil Sahu, professor in the Department of Political Science at the DePauw University
- Tarachand Sahu (1947–2012), politician from Chhattisgarh, India
- Tamradhwaj Sahu(born 1949) Politician Represent Durg Chhattisgarh.
- Supriya Sahu (born 1968) Indian Administrative Service, Director General, Doordarshan, President, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
- 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.
- B. V. Bhanu (2004). People of India: Maharashtra. Popular Prakashan. p. 1813. ISBN 978-81-7991-102-0. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "Central List of OBCs. State : Gujarat". National Commission for Backward Classes. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- "Central List of OBCs. State: Bihar". line feed character in
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- "Central List of OBCs. State: Maharashtra". National Commission for Backward Classes. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
- "Central List of OBCs. State: Odisha". National Commission for Backward Classes. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
- 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.
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