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Chaudhary (Urdu: چودهرى‎; Bengali: চৌধুরী; Hindi: चौधरी ) is a term in Indo-Aryan languages, literally meaning "holder of four", and also "holder of seven". Chowdhury (also spelt Chaudhuri, Choudhury, Choudary, Chaudhari, Chaudhary, Choudhary, Choudhury, Chaudhury, Chaudhry, Choudhury, Chowdhery, Chowdhary, Chowdhury, Chaudri or Choudhry) is a hereditary title of honor, awarded by Mughal Emperors to persons of eminence or royalty. In some cases it may also mean "power". The word Chaudhary is derived from the sanskrit word Chatur Dhrit meaning "One who holds all the four varns (groups) of society" i.e respected by all.

This Title as Perfix and Suffix with individual names Used by Mainly Jat ,Yadav, Tyagi & Gujjars. In Pakistan also Jat & Gujjars use this title.

Traditionally, the term is used as a title indicating the ownership of ancestral land, but in contemporary usage it is often taken as a surname or title.

During the Mughal era and the British rule in India, a talukh or district usually consisted of 84 villages and a central town. The talukhdar was required to collect taxes, maintain supplies and manpower to the provincial government and undertake small official tasks. In most cases the talukhdar's were entitled to retain 10% of the collected revenue for their efforts.

During the Sikh rule in Punjab this title became very common and quite a few village headmen or "Lumberdars" were given "Chowdhary" as a title by Jat Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Ever since, the Chowdharys of Chakwal style themselves a "Chowdharial" to distinguish themselves from the newly appointed men.


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