Popular Pakistani Last Names/Surnames With Meanings And Origins

48 Popular Pakistani Last Names With Meanings And Origins

November 30, 2020 Updated January 25, 2021

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A country or region’s last names are a window into their history and culture, and Pakistan is no exception. Located in South Asia, Pakistan is the world’s fifth-most populous country — home to more than 212.2 million people, as well the second-largest Muslim population. There are three categories of Pakistani last names: those that follow the Arab naming convention, tribal names, and ancestral names. The names themselves can also vary pretty widely, depending on a family’s ethnicity, spoken language, and geographic location. Many have Persian, Turkish, or Arabic origins.

Pakistani last names often include a prefix or suffix, which provides additional information about a family. For example, the prefix “Haji-” means that someone has made the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, while “Mir-” indicates royal descent, and “Syed-” is used for people belonging to the family of Muhammad. Similarly, the suffix “-dad” means “given by,” and “-bakhsh” means “granted by.” To learn more, take a look at these popular Pakistani last names, along with their meanings and origins.

If you’re interested in Pakistani names you’re going to love its culture. It’s a huge melting pot filled with Indian, Persian, Afghan, Central Asian, South Asian, and Western Asian culture. There are more than 70 languages actively spoken and they take great pride in their craftsmanship. Their Arabic calligraphy can be found in buildings, on copper works, in paintings, and on carved wood. Sports are also a big deal in the middle eastern country. They have one of the world’s best cricket teams and hockey, squash and badminton are also very popular. Polo is a common sport in some pockets of Pakistan as well. And make sure you add “attend a Pakistani wedding,” to your bucket list because they also know how to throw a party! Their weddings can last anywhere between three to six days. Imagine three whole days of amazing food, music, and a never-ending dance party?

Interested in other popular last names, along with their meanings and origins? Check out our pages on Irish last names, Japanese last names, French last names, Scottish last names, Italian last names, and more.

  1. Aamir
    Transcription: عامر
    Meaning: From the name ‘Aamir, meaning “replete, full”
    Origin: Urdu
  2. Abdul
    Transcription: عبدال
    Meaning: Servant of
    Origin: Arabic
  3. Achakzai
    Transcription: اڅکزی
    Meaning: Son of Achak
    Origin: Pashto
  4. Adil
    Transcription: عادل
    Meaning: Just
    Origin: Arabic, Urdu
  5. Advani
    Transcription: आडवाणी
    Meaning: Descendant of Adu
    Origin: Indian, Sindhi
  6. Agarwal
    Transcription: اگروال
    Meaning: Someone originally from the town of Agroha in Haryana state, India
    Origin: Hindi/Punjabi
  7. Akhtar
    Transcription: اختر
    Meaning: Star
    Origin: Persian
  8. Alakozai
    Transcription: الکوزۍ
    Meaning: Son of Alako
    Origin: Pashto
  9. Alam
    Transcription: علم, عالم
    Meaning: World, universe
    Origin: Arabic, Bengali, Urdu, Persian
  10. Arora
    Transcription: अरोड़ा
    Meaning: From the ancient city of Aror, now the Sindh province of Pakistan; from Hindi meaning “more, also”
    Origin: Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
  11. Ashiq
    Transcription: عاشق
    Meaning: Enamored, infatuated; admirer, lover
    Origin: Punjabi, Urdu
  12. Azmat
    Transcription: عظمت
    Meaning: Majesty, glory
    Origin: Urdu
  13. Bai
    Transcription: बाई
    Meaning: Lady
    Origin: Indian, Hindi
  14. Baig
    Transcription: بیگ
    Meaning: Ruler, chief, lord, master
    Origin: Indian, Turkish
  15. Bajwa
    Transcription: باجوا
    Meaning: Great hawk
    Origin: Persian
  16. Bakshi
    Transcription: بخشی
    Meaning: Paymaster, scribe, secretary
    Origin: Indian, Bengali, Punjabi
  17. Bansal
    Transcription: वंश
    Meaning: Lineage, clan, race; bamboo
    Origin: Indian, Sanskrit
  18. Begum 
    Transcription: بیگم
    Meaning: Lady, madam
    Origin: Indian, Persian
  19. Bhagat
    Transcription: भगत
    Meaning: Devotee, worshipper
    Origin: Indian, Hindi
  20. Bhasin
    Transcription: भसीन
    Meaning: Ray of light, sun
    Origin: Indian, Hindi
  21. Bux
    Transcription: بخش
    Meaning: Fortune; section, portion, part
    Origin: Urdu, Persian, Sindhi
  22. Chand, Chanda
    Transcription: چند, چندا
    Meaning: Moon
    Origin: Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu
  23. Chauhan
    Transcription: चौहान
    Meaning: Four (Sanskrit); hero
    Origin: Indian, Hindi
  24. Devi
    Transcription: देवी
    Meaning: Goddess, female deity
    Origin: Indian, Hindi
  25. Gandhi
    Transcription: गांधी
    Meaning: Perfume seller
    Origin: Sanskrit
  26. Gul
    Transcription: گُل
    Meaning: Flower or rose
    Origin: Pakistani, Pashto
  27. Haq
    Transcription: حق
    Meaning: Real, true
    Origin: Arabic
  28. Imam
    Transcription: امام‎
    Meaning: Leader, guide
    Origin: Arabic/Bengali
  29. Jafri
    Transcription: جفري
    Meaning: Yellow Flower
    Origin: Persian, Arabic
  30. Jha
    Transcription: झा
    Meaning: Teacher
    Origin: Sanskrit
  31. Junejo
    Transcription: جونیجو
    Meaning: Sons of Juno
    Origin: Pakistani, Sindhi
  32. Kakar
    Transcription: کاکړ
    Meaning: This is the name of a Gharghashti Pashtun tribe, which is based mostly in the Balochistan Province of Pakistan, and Loy Kandahar in Afghanistan.
    Origin: Pashto, Urdu, Hindi
  33. Kamaliazad
    Transcription: کمالیہ زاد
    Meaning: Perfection of the free, or independent
    Origin: Pakistani, Persian
  34. Kapoor
    Transcription: कपूर
    Meaning: Camphor
    Origin: Indian, Hindi, Punajabi
  35. Kazimi
    Transcription: کاظمی
    Meaning: This name is commonly associated with the family of Islamic Prophet Muhammad’s great-grandson Imam Musa al-Kadhim.
    Origin: Iran, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India
  36. Khalil
    Transcription: خليل
    Meaning: Friend
    Origin: Arabic
  37. Khalsa 
    Transcription: خالصة
    Meaning: To be pure, to be clear
    Origin: Indian (Sikh), Persian
  38. Khan
    Transcription: خان
    Meaning: This is the title given to rulers and officials in central Asia, Afghanistan, and some Muslim countries. A king; a prince; a chief; a governor.
    Origin: Turkish Khan 
  39. Khokhar
    Transcription: خوخار
    Meaning: This is the name of an agricultural community of the Punjab region in India.
    Origin: India
  40. Kumari
    Transcription: कुमारी
    Meaning: Young girl, daughter, princess
    Origin: Indian, Hindi
  41. Mahajan
    Transcription: महाजन
    Meaning: Great number of people
    Origin: Sanskrit
  42. Malek
    Transcription: مالک‎
    Meaning: This name refers to people from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and the Haryana region in India and Pakistan.
    Origin: India, Pakistan
  43. Musharaff
    Transcription: مشرف
    Meaning: Supervisor, elevated, honored
    Origin: Arabic
  44. Niazi
    Transcription: نیازی
    Meaning: Desire, wish; friend
    Origin: Persian
  45. Pathak
    Transcription: पाठक
    Meaning: Learner, reader
    Origin: Sanskrit
  46. Qayyum
    Transcription: القيوم
    Meaning: Subsistence, independent, sustainer
    Origin: Arabic
  47. Rajput
    Transcription: راجپوت
    Meaning: Prince, son of a king
    Origin: Sanskrit
  48. Seth
    Transcription: सेठ
    Meaning: Appointed one, placed
    Origin: Hindi