Meaning and Origin of: Bahri

Family name origins & meanings

  • Muslim : probably from Arabic bạhrī ‘maritime’, a derivative of bạhr ‘sea’. This could also be an ethnic name for someone from Bahrain.
  • Indian (Panjab) : Hindu (Khatri) and Sikh name, said to be from Panjabi bā’rā ‘twelve’. The Bahris are one of the major subdivisions of the Khatri community and comprise twelve clans: Chopra, Dhawan, Kapur,Khanna, Mehrotra, Sehgal, Seth,Talwar, and Vohra, and (not included in this dictionary) Tannan, Maindharu, and Wadhaun.