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Singh Genealogy and Singh Family History Information

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  • Ala Singh (1691 - 1765)
    Claiming descent from Jaisal, founder of the State of Jaisalmer in 1156, the founder of this Sikh dynasty, Phul, was Chaudhri (Governor) of a country located at the south east of Dihli. Phul’s d...
  • Amar Singh (1748 - 1782)
    Raja-i-Rajgan AMAR SINGH 1765/1781, born 6th June 1748, Raja-i-Rajgan [cr.1767], married (a) Rani Raj Kaur, (b) Mai Deso, his brothers widow, (c) Rani Khem Kaur died June 1821, and had issue. He died 5...
  • Bhupendra Singh (1891 - 1938)
    Maharaja Bhupinder Singh,GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, GBE (Punjabi: ਭੁਪਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ; 12 October 1891, Patiala–23 March 1938, Patial...
  • Karam Singh (1797 - 1845)
    Maharaja KARAM SINGH 1813/1845, born 12th October 1797, Maharaja [cr.1840], married and had issue. He died 23rd December 1845. Maharaja NARENDRA SINGH (qv) Maharajkumar Dip Singh, 1825-1862.
  • Maharaja Ajit Singh (1907 - 1978)

About the Singh surname

The word "Singh" is usually pronounced "sing", which is incorrect. The actual origin of Singh is from the Sanskrit word "Simha" or "Sinh" which means "lion". In fact, when writing in the Devnagari script, it is written what would nearest in the Roman script be "Sinh". The British, while in India, coined the spelling "Singh" to represent the sound "Sinh", but users - not knowing the background - recognize the "g" and wonder what the "h" is all about!!!

Singh is used by many people in India and the Indian Sub-Continent, mostly by warrior clans of all sorts. Lately, in a move to make it less apparent, certain persons not belonging to the "original" warlike families have also started to use Singh as their surname, so every Singh cannot claim descent from ancient Singhs.

In certain places, Singh was used as a description for soldiers, with every soldier being referred as a "lion" for motivation of warlike emotions. In most such cases, the actual surname of a person would be another word, with "Singh" being added just before the surname. In time, in some of these persons, the surname got dropped, and they became "Singh". An example here would be us three brothers. My eldest brother writes his name as Inderjit Arora, I write my name as Param Dayal Singh, and our youngest brother: Tilak Raj Singh Arora. Thus, we siblings have "Arora", "Singh" and "Singh Arora" as our third names!!!