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Chowdhury/Chaudhry (Bengali: চৌধুরী; Hindi: चौधरी; Punjabi: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ; Urdu: چودهرى‎; Nepali: चौधरी) is a South Asian hereditary title and surname. It is common among families in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal. The term literally stands for the "holder of four". It was historically bestowed on zamindars under imperial rule. It is also spelled as Chowdhury, Chaudhury, Choudhury, Choudhry, Chaudhuri and Chaudhary.


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  • India 3
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  • Fiji 5
  • Pakistan 6
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  • United States 8
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The term has Sanskrit origins. It was conferred by the Sultans of Delhi, Northwest India and Bengal on their military nobles. During the Mughal Empire and the British Raj, landowning families were often conferred the title due to their four-quarter share of land revenues. In northern India and eastern Pakistan, the Jat and Gujjar tribes also use this title.






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