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Personal names in Bangladesh may depend on the person's religion, ethnicity, or region of origin.


Muslim names

Almost 90% of the people of Bangladesh are adherents of Islam, and because of this, they mostly use Arabic names. Native and foreign names are also used, as long as they are not strictly related to other religions. Among Muslims of Bangladesh, there are several different naming conventions. There is no fixed scheme for the structure of names.[1]. Many people do not use a Family name, so members of a family can have different last names.

Common traditional muslim (Arabic) surnames include -

  • Ahmed/Ahmad
  • Akhtar
  • Alam
  • Ali
  • Hasan
  • Haq/Haque/Hoque
  • Hussain
  • Islam
  • Khan
  • Rahman
  • Uddin
  • Ullah
  • Zaman

Muhammad or Mohammad is a common prefix used before the name of many Muslim males, and it is not considered as the name used to refer to the person. In many cases, the "Muhammad" prefix is shortened to "Md", or "MD". Other common muslim prefixes include Gazi, Kazi/Quazi, Khan and Shah. The prefix often serves as the first name and the given name appears as the last name/surname.

Hindu names

A Hindu Bangladeshi will have a given name, may or may not have a middle name and a family name. The family name is usually based on caste.

After marriage usually the Hindu woman's family name is changed to husband's family name or, in communities that don't use family names, the husband's given name.

Common traditional hindu surnames include -

  • Boshak
  • Chakrabarti
  • Das
  • Dey
  • Dutta
  • Ghosh
  • Guha
  • Roy
  • Saha

Few surnames like Chowdhury/Choudhury and Majumdar are used by hindus and muslims alike.

Christian names

The naming convention of the native christians mainly follow local Anglo-Indian traditions. A combination of native given name and christian surname is also common.

Common christian surnames include -

  • Costa
  • Gomez
  • Rozario

Buddhist names

The Buddhists have several common last names, such as Baruah, Mutsuddi etc.


  1. ^ Understanding Communities:Bangladeshi Community, Cheshire County Council, October 2003.


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