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Sindhi names(Sindhi: سنڌي خانداني نالا‎) are given names and surnames used among Sindhis in Pakistan, India, and the Sindhi diaspora.

Naming convention

Most Sindhi family names are a modified form of a patronymic and typically end with the suffix -ani, which is used to denote descent from a common male ancestor. One explanation states that the -ani suffix is a Sindhi variant of 'anshi', derived from the Sanskrit word 'ansh', which means 'descended from'. The first part of a Sindhi surname is usually derived from the name or location of an ancestor. In northern Sindh, surnames ending in 'ja' (meaning 'of') are also common. A person's surname would consist of the name of his or her native village, followed by 'ja'. Sindhis generally add the suffix ‘ani’ to the name of a great grandfather and adopt the name as a family name.there many tribe belong to sindh like jokhio. [1][2]


Sindhi surnames are commonly associated with tribes.

History of Jokhio tribe

The existence of Jokhio tribe witnessed in early 12th century, but history revealed their powerful existence in 13th century when they become the major part of ruling struggle between then rulers King Dari vs. Kalhora, later throughout the era of rule of Mirs (1800). The Jokhio tribe is one of original tribe of Sindh and exists through centuries. Jokhio tribe supposed to migrate from Hangore (Blochistan) to Sindh particularly in the vicinity of Shah Norani Toms towards north side). 800 years old historical “Chukhandi” graveyard of Jokhio tribe on national highway proved that this tribe is one oldest one in the province of Sindh after “Mirbahes”. Among the many converts to Mahomedanism is Sindh were the Semma, or Soomera family or tribe of Rajpoots, whose princes are mentioned in the Introductory Sketch of the History of Sindh. They were Jams of Tattah, and reigned until deposed by the Mahomedans, having, during their incumbency, embraced Mahomedanism. This branch of the family remained in Sindh, while the Hindoo branch is represented at present by the chiefs of Cutch, who bear the title of Jam. Of the Sindh Jams the head is (or was) Mihr Ali, an unquiet old man of seventy, who possess large estates in land, of which he has relinquished some portions paid from the treasury .The estate is badly managed and yields comparatively little revenue. The Jokhyas represented belong to the police, and are armed in the usual manner. It will be seen at a glance how widely their features differ from those of real Mahmedan tribes, how they utterly lack the comeliness and dignity of the Belochees. It is very probable that they intermarry in their own tribe exclusively, and thus the ancient Hindoo physiognomy, in this case a remarkably ugly type, has been preserved. Jokhio tribe always has played tremendous role in political, social and economical uplift of the area in the larger interest of local community. This effort kept up their separate identity of Jokhio tribe either at local, provincial or national level. This tribe always maintained their status of independent, loyalty and patriotism. This brave and enough populated tribe set some peaceful and positive examples. Since the independence of Pakistan many Governments sworn in but Jokhio tribe have uphold their standing of neutrality .these government either political or non-political due to their community strength always considered Jokhio tribe by them and listed in the tribes, who supported and worked for progress, prosperity, peace and security of Pakistan . COMMUNITY INFORMATION: Leading to 0.500 million Jokhio tribesman living throughout Sindh province. Out of them 0.25 million living in rural part of Karachi viz Malir and Karachi west. Also recognized and followed by other communities like Memon, Khaskhali, Sarhandi, Jamote and Mirbehar of Thatta, Malir, Gadap town Karachi .About0125 million peoples belongs to these communities reside in Malir district. There are about 370 plus villages of Jokhio tribesmen existing in the province. Out of them about 325 exist in district Thatta, Malir and Karachi west where 0.4 million population live. The remaining situated in the interior Sindh where about 0.1 million populations reside. About 50% of the population of rural Karachi is Jokhio tribesmen. Social Background: Besides being a chief of Jokhio Supreme Council Jam Bijar Khan supporting to Tanzeem-e-Itehad Jokhia Sindh and other NGO’s of Jokhio Community working in Thatta, Malir and Karachi west district. Supporting to NGO’s of other then Jokhio community engaged of 4r uplift of their community. Political Background Became elected MPA of Sindh in 1985 in non party elections from district Thatta. Supported to then MNA Haji Usman Jalbani who was elected MNA in 1985 from district Thatta. Social and political support was continued in all forthcoming elections held after 1985 for provincial, national and local bodies to the dignities, tribesmen etc. This support leaded the Jokhio tribesmen in the election of local bodies held in the past and succeeds to hold the office of district council Karachi by six members, one member in ZMC East, one member in district council Thatta. Whereas chairmanship of three union councils of district Thatta, two union councils of district Malir and one union council of district west remained with Jokhio tribesmen. There were also many councilors in the councils of Thatta and Karachi rural. Current Elected Representative of Jokhio tribe’s new local Govt sestem2001. Nazim and Naib-Nazim three union councils are Bin Qasim Town viz Rehri and Gaghar about 60 councilors of various categories. Nazim and Naib-Nazim of four union councils are Gadap Town viz Murad Mamen uc Darsano chhano uc, Songal uc, Gadap uc and Gajro uc about 120 councilors of various categories Jokhio, Jokhia or Jokhiya (Urdu:جوکھيو) is the Samma tribe settled in Sindh and Balochistan, Pakistan. Chaukhandi tombs (چوکنڈی) are attributed to Jokhio tribes and were build between 15th and 18th centuries, situated 29 km east of Karachi on N-5 National Highway near Landhi Town. Chaukhandi cemetery, consisting of names or Quranic Verse. Some of the Jams who were named were said to belong to the Jokhio tribe still resident in the area.and the 1st raitar Mr, Ali Muhammad Jokhio of Jokhio History

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Sakhrani, Tarun (4 January 2016). "The Sindhis of Sindh And Beyond". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 August 2016.



  • Bherumal Mahirchand Advani, "Amilan-jo-Ahwal" - published in Sindhi, 1919
  • Amilan-jo-Ahwal (1919) - translated into English in 2016 ("A History of the Amils") at sindhis

Further reading

  • Vaswani, J. P. (2008). I Am a Sindhi: The Glorious Sindhi Heritage / The Culture and Folklore of Sind. Sterling Publishers. ISBN 9788120738072.
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