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Kulkarni

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The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Names studies
Length:
91 words

...• Current frequencies: GB 518, Ireland 2 • GB frequency 1881: 0 Indian (Maharashtra, Karnataka) : Hindu (usually Brahman), from Marathi kulkərni ‘village clerk’ (from Sanskrit kula ‘family, community’ + karana ‘writer’ or karnī ‘helmsman’). Further information: The kulkarni was a village official under the patel or village headman; he kept the accounts of the cultivators for the government and also the public records. The office of kulkarni was hereditary. As a rule, a Brahman was appointed to this office. He received some land...

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