'Patel' an Indian surname, is derived from the original meaning "village chief", in the Indian dialect of Gujarati. Most people carry this last name in the Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. However, the name Patel also originates from the actual word "patedar', meaning 'record-keeper', so named by royal rulers of Gujarat, to keep track of crops. "Pat" means 'a parcel of land', so they would keep track of the crops planted on each particular parcel of land.
Interestingly, because so many Indian people now live in the U.K., it is the 24th most common surname, nationally, and the third most common in the Greater London area.
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