I'm trying to link family names to ethnicity / casts in the Nepali context. Is anyone aware of a publicly accessible data set that would allow or simplify such a mapping?

Example of what the outcome should be (based on manual coding):

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Any micro-data that would allow to construct such a thing, or a ready-made (even partial) mapping would help.

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    Ethic group for 14 most popular surnames: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_popular_surnames_in_Nepal Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 18:34
  • Okay, that's a good start, but I'd need a rather complete list. At least covering the 80% most common names
    – sheß
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 10:08
  • Is there a way to find out how and by whom that list was created? It seems that whoever made this has the information I'm after
    – sheß
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 10:11

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This unofficial blog has the top names per group (16 Newar, 15 Khas- Chhetri/Thakuri/Sanyasi, 15 Khas-Brahmin, 5 Tamang, 5 Magar)


The comments include more info.

If you search for individual group, you can find more names. For example:


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