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With so many people of Indian orgin named Patel is that a family

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With so many people of Indian orgin named Patel is that a family name or does it carry another meaning?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
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Expert:  Cher replied 7 years ago.
HelloCustomer and thanks for your interesting question.

'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.


According to the US census taken in the year 2000, there were 49,740 Patels in the United States. The surname Patel ranked 591 overall, in the list of most common last names.


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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Edited by Cher on 12/26/2009 at 2:27 AM EST
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Is Patel there legal family name or do they use Patel to keep from using their family name?
Expert:  Cher replied 7 years ago.
Hello again,

Patel is their legal family name.

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