Background of the Sikh name `Singh'?

Rajarshi Banerjee rajarshi.banerjee at SMGINC.COM
Tue Nov 16 15:15:42 EST 1999


In most Indian languages and sanskrit singh or simha means lion.
The last name singh and sinha from UP, bihar are probably related.

My guess is that singh or sinha symbolizes a lion and the name is used to
denote a warrior caste. Early sikhs may have adopted names from those of
warrior classes of that period. Many rajputs and thakurs may have adopted
sikhism.

I would like to hear from someone who actually knows the history behind the
name.



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