Kumai People

Originally people from Kumaon and Garwhal region, which used to be part of Nepal, and now in Uttarakhand, India, are considered Kumai. They are of khas origin. In some sense they are also considered Bahun. And like eastern Bahun system they are also catorized in two subcasts: Upadhaya and Jaisi. But in general practice today in eastern part of Nepal people generally ask about if they are Upadhaya, Jaisi or Kumai. Today Kumai can be found heavily in western part of Nepal as well as eastern districts like Jhapa.

Kumai are considered more cunning as there is a proverb in Nepali "Kumai ko ghumai" (कुमाईको घुमाई) means Trap of Kumai.

List of Kumai Last Names:
  1. Awasthi (अवस्थी)
  2. Bhatta (भट्ट)
  3. Bhetwal (भेटुवाल)
  4. Bista (बिष्ट)
  5. Chiluwal (चिलुवाल)
  6. Gyawali (ज्ञवाली)
  7. Joshi  (जोशी)
  8. Kadel/Kandel (कंडेल/कडेल)
  9. Kharel (खरेल)
  10. Lohani (लोहोनी)
  11. Mainali (मैनाली)
  12. Oli (ओली)
  13. Pandey (पाँडे/पाण्डे)
  14. Paneru (पनेरु)
  15. Panta (पन्त)
  16. Pathak (पाठक)
  17. Prasai / Parsai (प्रसाईं)
  18. Regmi (रेग्मी)
  19. Sangraula (संग्रौला)
  20. Sedhai (सेढाई)
  21. Shiwakoti/siwakoti (शिवाकोटी)
  22. Simkhada (सिम्खडा)
  23. Sitaula (सिटौला)
  24. Thapaliya (थपलिया)
  25. Upreti (उप्रेती)
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