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PATEL - Name Meaning & Origin



Last Name Meaning & Genealogy Links for the Surname PATEL


Meaning & Origin:

The Patel surname is most commonly of Indian (Gujarati) origin. The Hindu surname translates originally as "headman" or "village chief." It can also mean "farmer" from the Gujarati word pat or patlikh, for the owner/tenant of a piece of land. Patel is one of the most common surnames in India, and is also a very popular surname in Great Britain, the United States and Canada. The surname Patel has also been modified to "Patil," found more commonly in the Portuguese regions of India.

Patel can also be a nickname meaning "little head," from the word "pate" (head) + "-el" (little).

Surname Origin:

Indian (Hindu)

Alternate Surname Spellings:


Genealogy Resources for the Surname PATEL:


Common Surname Search Tips
Tips and tricks for researching your PATEL ancestors online.

PATEL Family Genealogy Forum
Free message board is focused on descendants of Patel ancestors around the world.

FamilySearch - PATEL Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Patel surname.

PATEL Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Patel surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

Surname Finder - PATEL Genealogy & Family Resources
Find links to free and commercial resources for the Patel surname.

Cousin Connect - PATEL Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Patel, and sign up for free notification when new Patel queries are added.

DistantCousin.com - PATEL Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Patel.

MyCinnamonToast.com - PATEL Genealogy in All Regions
Centralized search results for family trees and other genealogy info on the Patel surname.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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