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Sindhi names ("Sindhi: سنڌي خانداني نالا‎) are given names and surnames used among "Sindhis in "Pakistan, "India, and the "Sindhi diaspora.


Naming convention[edit]

Most Sindhi 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 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'. Sindhis generally add the suffix ‘ani’ to the name of a great grandfather and adopt the name as a family name.[1][2]


Sindhi surnames are commonly associated with tribes. {{columns-list|3|

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.sindhishaan.com/article/history/hist_01_02c.html
  2. ^ Sakhrani, Tarun (4 January 2016). "The Sindhis of Sindh And Beyond". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 


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