Naming Matters – Indian surnames starting with E & F and their meanings

A series of explorations that looks at the stories and meanings behind popular Indian surnames starting with the letters E and F.

Naming matters is a series of explorations that looks at the stories and meanings behind popular Indian names and surnames. Every episode will dig into a fresh batch and give us something to chew on. In this installment, we look at a few popular Indian surnames that begin with the letters E and F..

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E is the most commonly used letter in many languages, including Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Latin, Latvian, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish.


The name Edris is usually a masculine name. It may also be spelled as Idris. It is of Czech and Slovak origin and means peaceful ruler. Alternatively, some sources list Idris is a Welsh name meaning “ardent lord”. It is also the name of Idris, the Islamic prophet mentioned in the Qur’an, usually identified with Enoch in the Bible. The original meaning may be “interpreter.”

Ibrahim is the Arabic name of the prophet and patriarch Abraham. He was God’s messenger. It is a common first name and surname among Muslims and Arab Christians, a derivative of the name Abraham or Avram from Judaism and Christianity in the Middle East. In Lebanon and Maghreb (Northwest Africa), Brahim is a common diminutive for the first name Ibrahim.

This name is derived from the Sanskrit and Hindu word (and concept) of Ishvara. It has a wide range of meanings that depend on the era and the school of Hinduism. In ancient texts of Indian philosophy, depending on the context, Ishvara can mean supreme soul, ruler, lord, king, husband or, even, queen! In medieval era Hindu texts, depending on the school of Hinduism, Ishvara means God, Supreme Being, personal god, or special self.

The name Edwin means “rich friend”. It comes from the Old English elements “ead” (rich, blessed) and “wine” (friend). The original Anglo-Saxon form is Eadwine, which is also found for Anglo-Saxon figures.

The Sanskrit word nātha literally means “lord, protector”. The related Sanskrit term Adi Natha means first or original Lord, and is a synonym for Shiva, the founder of the Nāthas. And ‘ek’ means one. The name Eknath is most often used as a boy name or male name.

Also written as Phadnavis, The word arises from two Persian words, Fad and navis. It is literally translated from Persian to English as ‘Maker of the Lists’. Phadnavis was an important administrative position in medieval Maharashtrian administrative set up. The powers of Phadnavis in Maratha setup of administration were that of Finance Minister.

Faujdar was a title awarded by Mughal and other Muslim rulers in South Asia to garrison commanders. In pre-Mughal times, the term referred to a military officer but did not refer to a specific rank. One of the names used to describe the officer posted to act as the administrator of the sarkar was faujdar. The Fouzder title is also found in Bangladesh, specially in the Hindu Kshatriya community of Khulna division.

Name for merchants who brought the ancient art of chocolate making from Portugal to India in the 15th century. It is also spelled as Ferrero.

Pooja Jaju


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