Tracing Origins

A Request:

There are more surnames in Sindhi community:

 Pamnanis , Datwanis , Hindujas ,  Balwanis,  Haryanis , Narang , Ashras , Gangwanis, Teckchandanis etc

 We request you to kindly add the above in you list and background of these surnames

My Reply:

The book ‘Origin of Sindhi Surnames’ is a translation from Sindhi, done by my husband Narain Kimatrai

I have added information as given to me by my readers. Please send me history of missing surnames and I shall be happy to add them to my website.

  DATWANIS now changed to PAMNANI

Datwanis who have changed their surname to Pamnani are from Shahdadpur. Kumar Pamnani’s  father: Late Mr. Moolchand who died in 1975 belonged to Shahdadpur. Kumar’s grand father was Phatumal. His father was Mr. Ramchand and Ramchand was son of Late Shri Pamanmal, S/O Mr. Dharamdas.

Can anyone tell Mr Kumar Pamnani the background of their family in SHAHDADPUR.

D Kumar Pamnani

pamnani@bhelindustry.com

Hello,

 
      Email :RAKESHDIALNI@SIFY.COM
 
      Comment :                                                                                        I AM RAKESH DIALANI S/O SHRI BAHAVAN DASS DIALANI MY GRAND PARENTS BELONGS TO KHAIRPUR RIYASAT GAMBAT PAKISTAN. MY GRAND FATHER’S NAME IS SETH BHOJ RAJ DIALANI. HE HAS EXPIRED ON 26TH OF DECEMBER 2008. IN NEW DELHI INDIA. HE WAS 88 YEARS OLD. SETH BHOJ RAJ JI HAS 4 SON 1 DAUGHTER. WHICH NAME ARE GIVEN BELOW (1) DR. BHAGWAN DASS DIALANI ALIAS BAGGU (2) BHAVAN DASS DIALANI ALIAS BHIMAN (3) GOPI CHAND DIALANI (4) HANSRAJ ALIAS HASSU (5) MAYA. BHAGWAN DASS HAS 3 SON 1 DAUGHTER 1. PINKY (DAUGHTER), 2. DINESH (DEENU), 3. PUSHPENDRA(PUSHI), 4. SHASHANK (SHIVA). BHAVAN DASS HAS 1 SON 2. DAUGHTERS 1. RAKESH DIALANI (SONU) 2. RENU DIALANI (PINKI) 3. NEHA DIALANI (MINTY). GOPI DIALANI HAS 1. SON 1. DAUGHTER 1. NITIN DIALANI (HAPPY) 2. SUNITA DIALANI (GUDIA). HANSRAJ DIALANI HAS 1. SON 1. DAUGHTER 1. HIMANSHU DIALANI (CHUNNU) 2. MONIKA DIALANI (GUDIA). MAYA HAS 1. SON 1. DAUGHTER 1. KOMAL AND BHOLI. SETH BHOJ RAJ S/O TAKKAN DASS S/O SHRI KESHAV DASS S/O SHRI HARCHAND MAL DIAL DAS S/O SHRI CHELLA RAM S/O SHRI BHERA MAL. OUR NUKH IS DODEJA AND OUR GOTRA IS KASHYAP.

rakeshdialani@sify.com

Thank you for doing this. I am in the US and was looking for what I guess all young men look for – their roots. I have read through some of your material and am thankful for it. I still have not been able to get to my ancestory “Hemrajani” – but I have a much better understanding of life in Sindh and of Sindhis.

ahemrajani@hotmail.com

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My Grandfathers name is Vashdev Gopaldas Melwani and his grandfathers name is Dingomal Gangaram Melwani can you find some information out for me

thanks

 Sweet_like_sugar111@hotmail.com

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Hey where did u get so much information about sindhi history. can you tell me where to find nukh: wasuja?? Dushyant Motiani

dushyant51@yahoo.com

Wants Information

DO YOU HAVE/ WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT SURNAME” CHANDANI” I BELEIVE WE WERE UTTAMCHANDANI BEFORE SOME ADULT IN THE FAMILY DECIDED TO MAKE IT SHORT TO CHANDANI. WAS THEIR ANY SURNAME LIKE “KHATAR” OR “KHATUR” IN SINDHIES.

I BELIVE WE ARE FROM “SAHITI” I AM INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE

DSUNITI@YAHOO.COM  

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Can you please find information/add the Moolchandani/Mulchandani (from Sahiti) surname to your website. My grandfather was from village Chanhee , District Nawabshah Sindh Thanks,

vmoolchandani@hotmail.com

Wants Information

Hi,

I am Kamlesh Kumar Kirpalani from Hyderabad Sindh. My aunty(elder sister to my father Isserdas Lekhraj Naraindas Kirpalani) Dadi Sana (Satyaiwati)w/o Dada Pritamdas Kodumal Shivdasani (please search the internet for a note by my elder brother Inder Kirpalani, or Dada Pritamdas, simply search the web by writing the name of Inder Kirpalani or Dada
Pritamdas Shivdasani) he use to inform me about  SHIJRA. Kindly let me know about an accurate & authentic diagram wise shijra of my elders. 

Now in fact I want to know the names of my grand parents prior to Diwan
Naraindas Kirpalani my great grand father.
On the other side I want to know the grand parents of Dada Pritamdas
Shivdasani who was also 1st cousin to Dr.Parasram Shivdasani Civil Surgeon
Hyderabad Sindh Pakistan.

Always remain grateful. 

Sincerely,
Kamlesh Kumar Kirpalani alias Rajan

rajankirpalani_9@hotmail.com   

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Would need urgent help! father:born in Sind-Hyderabad(Chellaram-road) Name:Gordhan Rewachand Chellaram. family:vish-ram-dany-ruckma would like if possible more infos!+relatives friends etc. bye for now.

K.Chellaram

kurt@underground.or.at 

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Site is very informative,though I have to go through all the pages of the web site,can you search my family tree my name–Ghansham das Ahuja ,brothers– late Bhagwan das Ahuja , Ramesh chand Ahuja and Radheyshyam Ahuja , three sisters.

Father’s name–late Shri Jetha nand ji Ahuja, uncle ji– late Hasa nand ji, bade uncle–late shri Lachhman das ji ,dada ji –pujya late shri Fateh chand ji. [ahuja- Poptai from Shikarpur] it will be highly helpful for me to know detail of my family tree if you can provide for me ,thanks. 

Mujhe likhne ka shauk raha hai meri kuchh rachnayen net par bhi hain apapke uttar milne par anya detail bhej doonga yadi unmein koi mere sindhi bhaiyon ke liye uplabdh kara sakoo to mujhe khushi hogi.mere khyal se abhi itna pakana kafi hai shesh fir . 

Ghansham das ahuja

ahujagd@yahoo.com

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I would like to trace my roots further. Both my parents are Alimchandanis
originally from Hyderabad Sindh. My father’s father was a younger brother to Gehimal Alimchandani, a well-known judge in Sindh. Could you help me to
 trace my roots? Thank you, 

Sincerely, Anjali
anjalialimchandani@yahoo.com

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I am hoping you can perhaps through your website help me complete my missing link of my very unusual upbringing! 

My mother was a lady called Ruby Hiranand in Calcutta but sadly gave me away at birth in 1946 to 2 Jewish sisters called Sophie & Mozel who brought me up. Yes you may have guessed to this day, I have never found out which Hiranand my father was? Hoping through your website this mystery could be solved. 

Thanks 

Ellis

ellis@pcproblemsuk.net  

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Can someone provide me with  full information of Dayaram Ramchandani or his father Bhoolchand Ramchandani.

Suneel.Ramchandani@gmail.com 

Do you have any information on the KARNANI family history??

Please contact: Ramesh Karnani:

ramesh@onlinecelular.com 

I want to know about history of Bablanis Nukh Ghatra of Deeparja Sindh will anyone please tell me about this?

suresh_bablani@yahoo.com 

Dear Shakun,

First compliments to you for your excellent research and material on the website, I will surely pass this on to my friends and acquaintances. I was interested in further information on my surname, Satiani, which I have not been able to locate on your website. Can you please guide me further on this?

Thank you

Haresh Sobhraj Satiani

Can anyone help?

Pls write to:

hsatiani@aol.com 

Dear Shakun. Great work par excellence keep it up. You are doing a great service to the sindhi community. I would request you to help me get some information on my family-JETHANI.

Thanking you in anticipation—

Sunil Jethani (Bangalore)

sunil_sana@rediffmail.com

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Hello Shakun

Great job in analyzing and putting together this vast sea of knowledge of sindhi’s…

I am a Bhambhani ( my father was Kishin and grandfather Relumal Bhmbhani)

I have married into Nathani Family ( my husband ramesh Nathani, father in law Kungumal and his father Tuljaram Nathani)

Can you please help me trace my roots on both these families

Thanks Sneha Nathani

sneharn@hotmail.com 

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Dear Shakun,

I know I am asking a lot, but wondered whether you could help me. I am trying to find some information out about my great-Grandfather who was born in Hyderabad in around 1876. his name was Bhojraj Khatanamal. He emigrated to England (I don;t know when exactly), but by 1901 he was living with his wife Kate Khatanmal in Liskeard, Cornwall and working as a silk merchant. By 1905 he was running an ‘Indian and oriental goods warehouse’ in Oxfordshire, later moving to Leamington Spa in Warwickshire by around the 1920’s. He died in 1947 in Leamington Spa. If you have any information on his life or when he emigrated I would be thrilled to hear from you…

Many thanks in anticipation!

Tracy Brown

tracy.brown3@virgin.net 

Hi Shakun

Since I was born in India I really don’t know about Sindh but hear from my mother all the time that she was from Larkana and my dad from Khiarpur/Sukkur my father’s name is Hundraj Lalchand Ajwani, his Father’s name is Lalchand son of Jyot Singh and my mother father was Jiandrai Tarachand Vaswani my father had 3 brothers and 2 sisters, one sister stayed back in Pakistan the other was in Ajmer,and both passed away. No trace of the one in Pakistan.

Brothers Menghraj/Hundraj/Rewa/Gopal my father and Gopal still alive and Rewa passed away in July 2006 in Mumbai.

I know one of my fathers first cousin his name is Bakht Ajwani and lives in Pune Aundh and he has build a colony in Aundh only for Ajwani’s

Rest is ….see if u can send me some background or website .

Ranjit  Ajwani

ajwaniranjit@hotmail.com 

ALUBHARWANI/ALWANI (Oct 2006)

…Thankyou very much for your kind reply

I would like to add some details about my father’s relatives(Whatever I have known from my elders)

My great grand father’s name was Bhai Thakurdas.

My granfather’s name was Bhai Parsram.

My father’s name was Bhai Vensimal.

My grandfather Bhai Parsram had 2 sons from first wife: Bhai Lekhrajmal and Bhai Vensimal.

He also had two sons and one daughter from second wife: Bhai Vishindas, Bhai Atmaram and

daughter Gyani who was married into Vatwani family (Indonesia)

My father sired 7 children from first wife: 1, Gangaram, 2, Ishwari, 3,Pritamdas, 4, Savitri

5, Mohini, 6, Valiram and 7th (Myself) Kishin.

I am Born in Bombay in 1941 before partition, therefore I do not know much about our ancestors in Pakistan.

From my father I learnt that we lived opposite Bhaibhand club in Hyderabad Sind

After coming to India I understand we (My father and his brothers and bradari members.) started the surname ALWANI.

I have also learned that our bradari was known as Mukhi ALUBHARWANI.

which was cut short to Alwani after coming to India.

I think above information whatever I know will be useful to trace my earlier roots.

Incase any of your readers wish they may contact me at following email or address.

Thanking you very much

Kishin Vensimal Alwani.

kishinalwani@gmail.com


 Dear Shakun

It would be really nice if you could add  this note to”Tracing Roots”.

 Chainani’s – Old Sukkur used to be an ancestor called Chainomal (this is my family name now) Gurnaney/Dembla – Old Sukkar (this is the other side of my husbands family)
 Mariwala (have had this surname for about 4-5 generation and the original was something to do  with Nagdev) (They built the first house in Hyderabad,Sindh which had a floor or mari and therefore the name change) At one time till the partition they owned department store that sold curios to foreigners who came in at the docks and had the agency for Bata shoes.(this was my maiden surname)
 Thadani (Hyderabad Sindh…this is my paternal Grandmothers side of the family and her brother is Mangha Sipahimalani) Gulrajani (this is my mothers side of the family and we already received the family tree from a cousin….she is related to Dada Vaswani)
 I would be very grateful if you could help me with this.
 Regards
 Dimple Mariwala Chainani

chainand2@yahoo.com 

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Dear Shakun, 

I was browsing through your excellent web site in search of my family origins. We are Wadhwani’s from Hyderabad Sindh and was looking to get additional information about my family tree. I contacted the Institute of Sindhology in Pakistan and Mr Shoukat Shoro responded with reference to the book “Sindhi Hindun ji tarikh” written by Bherumal Maharchand Advani. Hence my search began and I came across your website. Your website gave me information about Wadhwanis but I would like to trace my family tree. Here is some information I have: On my father’s side the names are: Bhojraj Bulchand Wadhwani (my father) My grandfather’s name is Bulchand Wadhwani (do not remember my my grandfather’s father’s name). If you could provide any information or give me direction as to how to pursue this further, I would really appreciate it. Thank you for all the work you do for the Sindhi community. 

Warm regards – Robin Wadhwani

robin_mstr@yahoo.com 

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My father was born n brought up in sukkur[sind].my grandfather Mr.menghraj.H.Kalvani was leiutenent governer in british rule in year 1926.Can u please trace his roots.thanks.

kalvaniat@yahoo.co.in

REQUEST
Dear Shakun, It was accidentally, that I came across your website. I am a CHHATWANI son of KANAYALAL, grandson of NIHALCHAND of Tando Adam. I will appreciate coming to know more Chhatwanis’ who are related to my grandfather. I have an elder brother, Bhupender and a sister Renu, we all live in Germany. Our first cousins live in Delhi. I am aware that some Chhatwanis were living in Surat but have no contacts. I will appreciate, if you will give publise my email address, so that the Chhatwanis can contact me.
Dilip
dilip@chhatwani.com
0049 40 86691990
 
      Comment :                                                                                        Hi, I am trying to trace a Mr Arjun Melwani who resided in Calcutta India in 1969 he was our family friend,he had a number of brothers namely:- Chandu Prakash Dhamu Vashi a sister that lived in Bombay, I cannot recall her name Chandu lived in singapore and another bro lived in hongkong. Would be great if you could help with their whereabouts Regards Jean Rozario Australiajean.rozario@cmps.com.au

I would like to thank you for this very informative site. My grandfather is Roopchand Varoomal. He was originally from India and lived in the Philippines. I do not know much about my grandfather’s origins as he passed away when my mother, who is born in 1937, was only 14 or so. This was after WWII. He lived in the Philippines in the 1930-1940s. He worked in a “bazaar” (Udharam) in Davao City. I was doing some internet searches and even bumped into a Santo Tomas Internment Camp record and his name was amongst those who were confined during the mayhem that was the Japanese occupation in the Philippines. I do not know if it was the same person. We surely did not know about him being in an internment camp during WWII. I certainly would appreciate any information or history about this last name’s (Varoomal) or his family’s origins in India. Thank you very much. Best Regards, Karina S. Descartin-Manacsa U.S.A. ksdescartin (at) gmail (dot) com