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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Indian (Kerala, Tamil Nadu) : Hindu name from Sanskrit bālakṛṣna ‘child Krishna’ (from bāla ‘child’ + kṛṣna, name of an incarnation of the god Vishnu, meaning ‘black’), + the Tamil-Malayalam third-person masculine singular suffix -n. This is only a personal name in India, but has come to be used as a family name in the U.S.

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