Sindhi names

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Sindhi family names (Sindhi: سنڌي خانداني نالا‎) are used among Sindhis in Pakistan, India, and the Sindhi diaspora across the world.

Sindhi names[edit]

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Naming conventions[edit]

Most Sindhi Hindu family names are a modified form of a patronymic and typically end with the suffix -ani, which is used to denote descent from a common male ancestor. One explanation states that the -ani suffix is a Sindhi variant of 'anshi', derived from the Sanskrit word 'ansh', which means 'descended from'. The first part of a Sindhi Hindu surname is usually derived from the name or location of an ancestor. In northern Sindh, surnames ending in 'ja' (meaning 'of') are also common. A person's surname would consist of the name of his or her native village, followed by 'ja'. Sindhi Hindus generally add the suffix ‘Ani’ to the name of a great grandfather and adopt the name as a family name.[1][2]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Sakhrani, Tarun (4 January 2016). "The Sindhis of Sindh And Beyond". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Vaswani, J. P. (2008). I Am a Sindhi: The Glorious Sindhi Heritage / The Culture and Folklore of Sind. Sterling Publishers. ISBN 9788120738072.