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Sunday, February 06, 2005

What does your last name mean?
Last Name: bhatia
Indian (Gujarat, Bhatia): Hindu (Bhatia) and Sikh name, based on the name of this mercantile community. The Bhatias claim relationship with the Bhatti Rajputs. See also Bhatt and Bhatti.

Last Name: Bhatti
Indian (Panjab, Rajasthan): Hindu (Rajput) and Sikh name believed to be from the eponymous ancestor of the Bhatti tribe. Etymologically, the name is related to Sanskrit bhạṭta ‘lord’ (see Bhat). This tribe is by far the largest and most widely distributed of the Rajput tribes of the Panjab. There is also an area in the Panjab called Bhattiana, which was once ruled by the Bhattis. Bhatti occurs as a personal name in Sanskrit literature and was the name of a well-known Sanskrit poet of the 6th century.

Last Name: Bhatt
Indian: Hindu (Brahman) name, from Sanskrit bhạṭta ‘lord’, ‘learned one’, from bhartr- ‘lord’, ‘husband’, a derivative of bhar- ‘to bear’, ‘support’.

Well my family is from the north west region of india and apparently we are related to the Bhatti Rajputs. Rajputs were rulers of India. More on that below.

Rajputs Related: People
(räj´poots) [Sanskrit,=son of a king], dominant people of Rajputana , an historic region now almost coextensive with the state of Rajasthan, NW India. The Rajputs are mainly Hindus (although there are some Muslim Rajputs) of the warrior caste ; traditionally they have put great value on etiquette and the military virtues and take great pride in their ancestry. Of these exogamous clans, the major ones were Rathor, Kachchwaha, Chauhan, and Sisodiya. Their power in Rajputana grew in the 7th cent., but by 1616 all the major clans had submitted to the Mughals . With the decline of Mughal power in the early 18th cent., the Rajputs expanded through most of the plains of central India, but by the early 19th cent. they had been driven back by the Marathas, Sikhs, and British. Under the British, many of the Rajput princes maintained independent states within Rajputana, but they were gradually deprived of power after India attained independence in 1947.

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