Akbani is the surname of a Indian Gujarat based Memon, Muslim family, speeaking Kutchi (written also as Cutchi) language. Its members have scattered all over the globe. Being basically a business community, most are still in this field, some have however opted for professional careers, like IT, management, engineering, medicine, teaching, etc.
Presently the main concentration and the roots of the Akbani family are at two places,
Mysore branch in South India, and
Bombay branch (now Mumbai) in Western India.
Our intentions are to make this web site a host for various sources of information. All this will be possible depending on the input received from our own brothers and sisters, and we hope for good support.
Tracing the history of the name Akbani:
"The theory that these are all one, has just one single instance. I searched the Internet for Akbani (i.e., my nukh, I being a Cutchi Memon). I found many names. One brother from Indonesia, Rafiq Akbany, replying to my inquiry whether he is a Cutchi Memon, wrote to me that his family is Halai and they had migrated from India almost hundred years back. In this particular case the nukh is common between Halai and Cutchi Memon. Br. Rafiq Akbany says , I quote: "this surname is shared by both Halai and Cutchi Memon equally-but for sure its exclusively a Memon surname". The origin of a nukh (i.e., Akbani or Akbany) is interpreted differently, some report it as a representation of the profession or the trade they followed. And, interestingly, an oral narrative goes, that Akbani originated from I quote the message I got from Br. Rafiq Akbany "My grandmother used to say that this surname signifies Ag (fire) and Pani (water) as one of the characteristics of Akbani's". But contrary to this source of information for the surname, the my family tree now on the Internet shows that the first known member of the family was one Akab (Akbani from the House of Akab). [this info also posted at a sister Website]
The door of Akbani Mahal -- info courtesy for permission to quote by Voyager For Life
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SEE ALSO:NB. We wish to start a series of biographies of Memons that will highlight the individuals, as well as, the contributions of leaders, such as Haji Abdus Sattar Sait (ex-Ambassador and High Commissioner), Prof. Ali Muhammed Ismail Sait, Ebrahim Suleman Sait, M.P., and more.
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All members of this community are requested to send any details of any memons they wish to add on to this site.