The name Patel is an Indian (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka): Hindu and Parsi name which goes back to an official title meaning ‘village headman’, patel in Gujarati, Marathi, and Kannada (where it is patela). It comes ultimately from Sanskrit pattakila ‘tenant of royal land’. Among the Indians in the U.S, it is the most common family name. The name Patel is the 173rd most common name in the US with approximately 150,000 bearers residing there.
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