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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Indian (Goa, Karnataka) : Hindu (usually Brahman) name meaning ‘district accountant’, from Kannada nạ̄du ‘province’, ‘district’ + Sanskrit karạna ‘writer’ or kaṛnī ‘helmsman’. It used to be the title of a hereditary official, equivalent to Deshpande in other areas.

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