Humanities › History & Culture SINGH - Surname Meaning and Origin What does the last name Singh mean? Share Flipboard Email Print Putsada Sriphet / EyeEm / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated January 21, 2020 The Singh surname derives from the Sanskrit simha, meaning "lion." It was originally used by Rajput Hindus and is still a common surname for many North Indian Hindus. Sikhs, as a community, have adopted the name as a suffix to their own name, so you'll find it used as a surname by many of the Sikh faith. Surname Origin Indian (Hindu) Alternate Surname Spellings SINH, SING Famous People With the Surname SINGH Milkha Singh - former Indian track and field sprinter known as The Flying SikhBhagat Singh - Indian political activistSadhu Sundar Singh - Indian Christian missionaryMaharaja Ranjit Singh - founder of the Sikh Empire Where Do People With the SINGH Surname Live? Singh is the 6th most common surname in the world, according to surname distribution data from Forebears, used by more than 36 million people. Singh is most commonly found in India, where it ranks 2nd in the nation. It is also especially common in Guyana (2nd), Fiji (4th), Trinidad and Tobago (5th), New Zealand (8th), Canada (32nd), South Africa (32nd), England (43rd), Poland (48th) and Australia (50th). Singh ranks 249th in the United States, where it is most common in New York, New Jersey, and California. Within India, the Singh surname is most commonly found in the Maharashtra region, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler, followed by Delhi. The surname is also fairly common in New Zealand, including Manakua City, Papakura District and the Western Bay of Plenty District, as well as in the United Kingdom, particularly in the West Midlands. Genealogy Resources for the Surname SINGH Searching for Smiths: Search Strategies for Common SurnamesSearch tips and strategies for researching ancestors with common surnames such as SINGH. Singh Family Crest - It's Not What You ThinkContrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Singh family crest or coat of arms for the Singh surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male-line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. The Singh DNA ProjectThe Singh DNA Project is open to all who wish to work together to find their common Singh heritage through DNA testing and sharing of family history information. SINGH Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Singh surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Singh query. FamilySearch - SINGH GenealogyAccess over 850,000 free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Singh surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. GeneaNet - Singh RecordsGeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Singh surname, with a concentration on records and families from France, Spain, and other European countries. Surname Finder - SINGH Genealogy & Family ResourcesFind links to free and commercial resources for the Singh surname. DistantCousin.com - SINGH Genealogy & Family HistoryExplore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Singh. The Singh Genealogy and Family Tree PageBrowse family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the last name Singh from the website of Genealogy Today. ----------------------- References: Surname Meanings & Origins Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998. Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003. Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989. Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003. Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997. Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.