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Erha: Aih "A" Bubba and Bhubba, B and Bh sounds Chuchha, sounds C and Ch Dudda and Dhudda, sounds D and Dh Eerhi, sound E and Eh and I Fuffa, Sound F and Fu (as in fuzzy) Urha, sound U and Ur Sussa and Shussha, Sounds 'S' and 'Sh' Hahha, Sound 'H' as in Huh Kukka and Khukkha, Sounds K and Kh Gugga and Ghugga, Sounds Gu and Gh Jujjha, sound J and Jh Tainka, Thuthha, Tutta Sounds T (Tire), Th (Thali), Te (talwar) Thuthha Also the sount Th see 3 previous letters Nunna, Sound N and Na Puppah, Sound P Phuppha, Sound PH Mumma, Sound M (as in Mmm) Yayaa, Sound Y, Ya, Yah Rarra, Sound R and Rr Lulla, Sound L and Lu Vavva, Sound V, Va

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Name Elements

  • Titles 

    Mr = Sirdar, Mrs = Sirdani, Miss = Bibi, Sister = Bibi, Biji, Didi, Mother = Mata, Brother = veerji/Bhaji

  • Prefix & Suffix

    Most elements can occur as a suffix or prefix but some are more likely to be one than the other. For instance, -pal, -want and -jit/-jeet, -preet, -inder, -deep etc. are far more common as suffixes
    (*hint: you don't always need a common prefix or a suffix :-)

  • Last Names

    Sikh girls are given the last name Kaur (meaning prince) and Sikh boys are given the last name Singh. 

  • Note: ome families and individuals choose to use a "family" or a "sur" name that is different from the aforementioned and it that case, they adopt Kaur or Singh as middle names. 

  • First Names

    Most Sikh first names are gender-neutral.  For example, Harpreet could be a male or female's first name.  What identifies Harpreet Kaur as a female is the word Kaur following the first name. 

Sikh Names, their Meanings and Significance

Most but not all names are derived from the Guru Granth Sahib and in most cases describe God's attributes and not ours.  (ie. immortal, infinite beauty, most intelligent, unfathomable, unapproachable, victorious, pure, ageless etc.) 

In 1699, Sikh Women were given the last name 'Kaur' and and Men 'Singh' by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru. This initiate intended to end the caste system, social stratification and much of the apparatus of Hindu ritual and legalism.  In Indian society, an individual's name reveals his or her caste, and Sikhs were freed from the caste system by having all men incorporate Singh in their names and all women, Kaur. (Reference). 

 

Meaning may change depending on the context of use.  Some names listed here may not be directly or pure derivatives from Gurbani, but rather a combination of words derived from Gurbani.  The meaning is supposed unless referenced to the Gurbani.  If no reference is indicted, then our best guestimate is listed as the meaning.  As you guessed by now, there may be several possible meanings of each name.  Pronunciation can change the meaning.

     

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