Last name: Singh

Found recorded in the spellings of Sinha and Singh, this famous 'surname' is Sikh (Hindi-Indian) in origin. Given the translation of 'The lion', it is perhaps not surprising that it is one of the most popular names in the world, however that is not the main reason. On achieving manhood a young Sikh is granted the name of 'Singh' to imply that he has joined the ranks of his father. The derivation is from the ancient 'sinha' meaning 'lion' and in this sense the name follows the tradition of surnames from Asia and the Indian sub-continent. This is to say that whatever the religion, names tend to follow a similar pattern in that they are like early Anglo-Saxon, descriptive and ornamental and derived from words meaning rule or power or from people or animals believed to possess such attributes. Examples include surnames such as Raja (chief), Aktar (star), and Wali (son of God), although there is also a significant number of locational surnames, given to people who originally were the landowners, or who came from a certain place, and were thereafter named after it. In the case of 'Singh', and it maybe said that as every male Sikh is called 'Singh' it is only outside of India that it becomes a true surname. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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G Singh
This is a major goof up by the developer and the researcher of the web page, the last name derives from the Rajputs of Rajasthan & other Northern areas of India. A better explanation could be found in the cast systems of India. I am not that great at my history but am trying to trace my origins from Kathiawar Rajputs families who ruled Mysore in Karnataka at one point of time.

GS
U should check your history dude .Singh is a rajasthani surname

PS
FYI Singh originates in India. Howevery, you have Singh from the Caribbean (T&T, Guyana etc) who are hindus - all SINGHs are not Sikhs.

dsingh
Rightly said. It's a surname for Rajputs who are mostly hindus. This surname was adapted by Sikhs when Guru Govind Singh formed Khalsha or Military wing for sikhs.

KUNAL SINGH PRASHAR
Who the hell is writing all these . The developer of this site must know that guru gobind rai changed his name to guru gobind singh only because his belief was that name effects the nature of human.As he saw rajputs having surname as SINGH were quite brave and possesed royality like tigers. KUNAL SINGH

bharati
There is lots of historical mistake. Plz Chk and possible spend more time on findings before publishing.

H Singh
Singh is a name which is not from Sikh origin. Singh is a name used by Rajput kings.. who have existed way before the sikh religion. I dont know much about the rajputs myself, but the title Singh was used by Kings, and still is used... if you go to Rajasthan in Inda, the existing Raja's there have the title Singh. Singh was later adopted by the SIkh's in 1699, when the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh initiated the Khalsa brotherhood. To become a Khalsa (pure one), you have to undergo a special ceremony, which involves Amrit (nectar). Once initiated into the Khalsa, you are to live a disciplined lifestyle, wear the 5K's and abide by the code of conduct which has been and is still gradually being laid down by sikhs. All males who have taken Amrit have the name "Singh" and all females have the name "Kaur". Singh literally means Lion (derived from the Sanskrit "Simha")- but it was bestowed to the SIkh men, as a title of royalty and kingship - reminding a sikh that every sikh male is a king in his own right (accompanied with other symbols such as the Turban - which as well as many other purposes, is a crown in many traditions). This reminds a Sikh that they should behave like a king, but not forgetting to treat everyone else as equals at their own level. Contrary to popular belief, the name Kaur doesn't actually mean "princess". Kaur derives from the Sanskrit name "Kanwar" which means Prince. The fact that Singh was traditionally used as a title for royalty and Kaur means Prince, shows that males and females are equal.