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Does the last name Patell have some sort of cultural meaning?

  1. peeples profile image95
    peeplesposted 5 years ago

    Does the last name Patell have some sort of cultural meaning?

    I once heard it meant something about wealth. I am curious if anyone here knows if it really does have a cultural meaning.

  2. MickS profile image70
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    I don't know of any cultural meaning or wealth. When I worked, I had many colleagues from the Indian sub-continent, a few were called Patell, they told me that the only significance to the name was it is a common name, like the English, Smith or Jones

  3. rajan jolly profile image89
    rajan jollyposted 5 years ago

    The Indian surname is Patel with a single L at the end. Just a bit of correction here MickS.

    1. peeples profile image95
      peeplesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I've know several and they all spell it Patell. Hmm

    2. MickS profile image70
      MickSposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I would have no idea how to spell it, I just copied the spelling from the question, sorry, youve scored no points here.  Perhaps you should have directed your 'little correction,' at the querent.

  4. Johnathan Muller profile image85
    Johnathan Mullerposted 5 years ago

    From the very little i know i can tell you the following. I have taken many families on tour through South Africa, from Kenya, by that last name. It began to puzzle me that every Indian family from Kenya is either a Patel or a Shah. When i asked one of them about this they showed me that they actually have another last name but they travel under that name of Patel.
    It turns out that the Patel in their district in Kenya is the dominant family dealing with or in certain parts of the economy. These guests of mine do business with then and therefore live under that surname.

    Well.....that's what i was told

  5. jonnycomelately profile image83
    jonnycomelatelyposted 5 years ago

    Hi, Peeples.  I spent 2 years in East Africa back in the 1970s (Tanzania, to be exact.)  There are many Patels there, the name originating from the Gujarat.  I don't know the exact meaning of the name, but the Patels are very capable business people.
    They arrived in East Africa at the time the British were opening up that part of the continent and building the railway up to Lake Victoria.
    Trading posts were started, numerous business ventures were open to the energies which the Patels had to offer.

 
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