5 More Things You Didn’t Know About Parsi Surnames

No, Titwala is a suburban railway station on the Mumbai Central line. Not the surname of a chubby Parsi guy.

1. We’ve made homes in distant far-off places (and surnames out of them)

We've made homes in distant far-off places (and surnames out of them)

You can see how far and wide we’ve traveled and settled from our surnames: Bengal (Bengallee), Kerala (Malabari), Burma (Rangoonwala), Yemen (Adenwala) and China (Chinoy)

2. Gujarati was our mother-tongue. Now it’s English.

Gujarati was our mother-tongue. Now it's English.

So Mr. Vaid became Mr. Doctor, Mr. Vakeel became Mr. Lawyer, Mr. Mistry became Mr. Contractor, and Messrs. Daruwala, Batliwala, Motiwala et al became Messrs. Merchant, Merchant, Merchant & Merchant.

3. Phir bhi, dil hai Hindustani

Phir bhi, dil hai Hindustani

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Some of us wear our Indian-ness on our sleeve. Or in our names. We’ve also adopted distinctly Indian names. Like Tarachand, Cassinath (Kashinath) and Govekar

4. We’re all related

We're all related

Lala Deen Dayal

Mama. Bhanja. Chacha. Kaka. They are Parsi surnames too.

5. Readymoney



That’s a Parsi surname. I swear!


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