Sindhi Surnames

POHUMAL-KHIAMALKHIAMAL-SONSPOHUMALSAHIJRAM
MOOLCHANDVALIRAMGUNOMALRIJHUMAL
HIRANANDLEKHRAJSAHIJRAMLOKUMAL
ISHWARDASLACHMANDASMOOLCHANDCHANDANMAL

  SHAKUN NARAIN KIMATRAI’S PATERNAL FAMILY

PESSUMALFOTOJAMNADASKAMLU
KAMLU CHLDNSHAKUN CHDNSUNDERMADHAVI
ANUJAMOHANDASLALABAIRAMCHAND

SHAKUN NARAIN’S MATERNAL FAMILY

NANI-VASSIAMAL AASOOMALNANA-UTTAMCHANDANI

An Introduction to Narain Kimatrai
By Shakun Narain

My husband Narain has been my strength. He has trusted and supported me in my spiritual interests, and has been instrumental in my keeping a balance between my house-hold duties and
Spiritual pursuits.

About twenty years ago (1980s) Narain’s friend Hotu, Diwan Hotchand Advani, (Superintendent of Customs, now retired), showed him two volumes of a Sindhi Books titled, “SIND JAY HINDUN JEE TAREEKH” and “THE ORIGIN OF SINDHI SURNAMES” originally penned by Bherumal Advani

The book interested Narain as it recounted the History of Sind and Sindhis, and especially as it also contained photographs of our ancestors.

Hotu got these volumes photocopied for Narain, courtesy of Mr. Pishu T. Chellaram.

After glancing at some of the pages that seemed interesting to Narain, he put the volumes away.

Twenty years later, he picked up these volumes again and

translated them into English.

Narain states: This attempt is not only for the benefit of our children, Sunder, his wife Saira, Madhavi, her husband Mohan (Bob), Anuja and her husband Rajiv ,grandchildren Aditya, Kiran, Aysha, Shazia and Jai but also for all Sindhi youngsters who may have an interest to know about their roots.

I am convinced that you, our Sindhi reader, will be proud to get to learn about our roots of lineage as well as the source of our surnames.

I have uploaded ‘Origins of Sindhi Surnames’ and ‘History of Hindu Sindhis in Sund’ on my website.

Sindhi Surnames

 The ‘Advani’ Chapter 

includes the surnames: Sidhwani,Sitlani,Larkana Advani,Manshiani,Nandiram Hardaram,Mohanlal Rewachand,Kandhrani

The Kimatrai Chapter 

includes Gianchand, Ramanmal, Damomal, Kimatrai,Jhamatmal, Sobhraj, Narain, Narain’s sisters, Kimatrai’s other children.

The Khiani Chapter 

includes Pohu-Khianis, Mr Khiamal’s sons, Mr Pohumal,

Mr Sahijram, Mr Moolchand, Mr Valiram, Mr Ishwardas, Mr Lachmandas, 

Lokumal Sahijram family, Moolchand Khiamal children, Chandanmal family,

Pessumal family, (Shakun’s grandfather, followed by her immediate family)

Ramchand Pessumal’s children

Wassiamal Aasoomal (My Nani’s family) Uttamchandanis (My Nana’s family)

 Chapter 3 includes: 

Ajwani, Batani, Bhambhani, Tolani, Tejsinghani, Thadani, Gehani, Kewalramani,

Jaisinghani,Jethmalani

Chapter 4 includes:

Tahiliani, Education,Teckwani, Primalani, Punwani, Punwani from Kherpur, Phulwani, Pherwani, Jagtiani, Mother-138 children, Jhangiani, Chandiramani, Chanani of Larkana and Hyderabad, Jhamnani, Dadlani, Radhakrishnani.

Chapter 5 includes:

Sabhani, Rijhsinghani, Sadarangani, Mahtani, Shivdasani, Shahani, Idnani, Karanmalani, Khatri, Katar, Gidwani, Lala, Bhatia, Lalwani

Chapter 6 includes:

Lulla, Lund, Lohana, Makhija-ni, Malkani, Manghermalani, Mirchandani, Mirchandani, Notani, Vanhans, Vava, Aswani, Ailani

Chapter 7 includes:

Ailani, Uttamsingh, Amarnani, Israni, Bathija, Bajaj, Brahmkhatri, Bhaharani, Bhaherwani, Balani, From History, Bhatia

Chapter 8 includes:

Bhagchandani, Bhagat, Bhagwanani, Bhojwani, Seth Hotchand, An Episode,Tulsiani, Tharani, Parwani, Pagrani, Pojara (Pujari)

Chapter 9 includes:

  Jagtiani Panjabi, Jethra, Jethwani, Chawla, Chhablani, 

Chhatwani, Chhugani, Khubchandani, Dudani, Dhanjani, Dhermalani, Dhodeja

Chapter 10 includes:

  Devnani, RamRakhani, Rai Kanghor,Rupani, Saghrani, 

Sathra Sathrow,Sipahimalani, Sindhi Panjabi, Bhagwanani

Chapter 11 includes

Chellaram, Sahta, Garibdasani, Shevakramani, Karya, Kanjhan, Kirpalani, Khatwani, Kharna

Chapter 12 includes:

Melwanis, G. Bherumal, Hiranand Sons, N.G.Melwani, G. Daulatram, Jhamatmall Gurbamall, Khilnani, Khialdasani, Gandhi-Bhatia, Lahori 

Chapter 13 includes:

The inspiring life story of a Saint of Sindh:

Bhagat Kanwar Ram

Chapter 14 includes:

Sakraneys, Lakhani, Lakhwani, Lakhiani, Matai, Motiani, Motwani,

Murjani, Mahrotari, Nanwani, Nassirpuri, Chhapro, Wadhwani

Chapter 15 includes an article on:

The Business of being Sindhi

Chapter 16 includes:

Vaswani, Hingorani, Gehani, Raisinghani, Makwani, Takhtani, Nagpal,

Bharvani, Lakhani, A Tribute, Bhavnani

Chapter 17 includes:

The Song of the Ancient Sindhi Hindu

Chapter 18 includes: 

Uttamchandanis, Daswanis, Watumal,Hathiramanis

Chapter 19 includes

Kirpalani, Ramchandani, Mansukhani, 

Chapter 20 and 21  includes:

Hiranandanis

I have concluded uploading the ‘Source of Sindhi Surnames’ a translation into English, by Mr. Narain Sobhraj Kimatrai from the original in Sindhi by Mr. Diwan Bherumal Mahirchand Advani.

I shall however be happy to add any more information that you my readers, may provide, or that I come across.

Sincerely,

Shakun

Read my article: A Trip to Sind, A Journey to my roots

‘The Source of Sindhi Surnames’ is a translation into English, by Mr. Narain Sobhraj Kimatrai from the original in Sindhi by Mr. Diwan Bherumal Mahirchand Advani