Kuta – History – Behind the Name

Kuta surname meaning, Stephen Robert Kuta

Kuta / Kutas / Kuty / Kyta / Kutowski

The surname Kuta, even the word itself has many variant meanings depending on where you come from.

There are European meanings as well as Hindi meanings, although not related off cause.

Firstly, the Hindi word for Kuta means ‘From where’, The Hindi script for this meaning is: कहाँ से (kahaan se) and is used as a girls name – Kuta in Hindi Script is: कुत्ता

Kuta is also a name for a boy in Hindi – and the Literal meaning of Kuta is as follows:

The ancient Sanskrit name Kuta means ‘as highest or excellent’. Kuta also refers to a constellation of stars. The Intended meaning of Kuta is found to be referred in Riga Veda (ऋग्-वेद), Arthav Veda (अथर्व-वेद), Shatpath-Brahman (शतपथ-ब्राह्मण) and Aitreya-Brahman (ऐतरेय-ब्राह्मण) where kuta represents horn or the bone of the forehead with its projections or prominence. 
Reference of Sanskrit word Kuta is also found in Kaushik-Sutra (कौशिक-सूत्र) in which Kuta is a kind of vessel. 
Mention of this name is also found in Mahabharata Where Kuta denotes a summit or peak of a mountain. 
Kuta is also mentioned in writings of lexicographers like Hemchandra and Amar Singh with meanings like part of a plough, plough-share or body of a plough.

In Pakistan and India we find bully kuta. Bully Kutta is a Molosser type dog which is found largely in Pakistan. Bully in its name actually comes from the Punjabi or Hindi/Urdu wordbohlimeaning heavily wrinkled, and Kutta means dog. … The breed has also been used as guard dogs in Pakistan and India.

Eastern Europe often uses the word Kuta as a derogatory term, for a man or boy regarding them as unpleasant or contemptible, the word also appears in the English language and referenced in the Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers and can be pronounced (ɡuːˈðɑ), not that I pronounce the word this way. I say (ˈkʉːˌta).

The primary meaning of Kutas is a tassle at the end of a cord. All other meanings are secondary. What comes to mind is the saying of les Frogues: ‘Honi soi qui mal y pense!’ (Shame to him who’s got a filthy mind).

Kuta Name MeaningPolish: nickname from kuty ‘wrought’, ‘forged’, also used in the sense ‘cunning’, ‘shrewd’, or ‘wily’. Czech: nickname from kutý ‘well wrought’, ‘well versed’.

Kuta can also mean a hooded monk’s habit or a mosquito. It is also the feminine of the adjective kuty (shod).

Polish, Ukranian also refer to the surname as one who came from Kuta (corner), in Poland; dweller in a corner or angle of land.

One of the most interesting connections I have discovered regarding the origins of the Kuta surname is that it’s very likely a shortened version of the surname Kutowski, which is closely related to the word Gutowski, find below an explanation for this.


Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name is a toponymic (derived from a geographic name of a town, city, region or country). Surnames that are based on place names do not always testify to direct origin from that place, but may indicate an indirect relation between the name-bearer or his ancestors and the place, such as birth place, temporary residence, trade, or family-relatives.

The surname Kotowski, in which the Polish suffix “-ski” means “of/from”, is associated with Kutow/Kuty in Galicia; with Kotowice/Kottwitz in Silesia; with Kotowsk in Russia; or with Kotovskoye in Bessarabia. In the 20th century, Kotowski is recorded as a Jewish family name with Franz Kotowski of Berlin, Germany, who disappeared in the German death camp at Auschwitz during World War II.


  1. Joseph Kutta

    Thank you for a well researched article. I now understand my surname better. The extra “t” was added when my grandfather immigrated to the U.S. by a customs official.

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  2. Francis Schilling

    I have always suspected our family on my mother’s side had more eastern roots than we were told and a recent AncestryDNA test more or less confirmed it. My uncle always claimed that the surname was changed from Kuta to Cuta by a customs officer and used that former/original spelling his whole life. I didn’t find any linkage in your thoughtfully provided tree, but I think I am finally in the right area of the world if I am ever to uncover more. Thank you sincerely for your efforts!

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