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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.
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
The Indian surname is Patel with a single L at the end. Just a bit of correction here MickS.
I've know several and they all spell it Patell. Hmm
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.
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
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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