Ever wondered where Kashmiri surnames come from? Kashmiri Surnames are actually if you put it in Kashmiri are all "Reyhs" (Slangs) which stuck with people because of idiosyncrasies, looks,location and sometimes very weird characteristics. Kashmiri families are actually recognized by their "Gotras" and not surnames.
The famous story of Vasdev Teng comes to my mind which I once read in the book Kashmiri Pandits by Anand Koul.The story goes as a man, named Wasdev, had mulberry tree growing in his courtyard and, therefore, he was called Wasdev Tul (mulberry). He, in order to get rid of this nick-name, cut down the tree. But a mund (trunk) remained and people began to call him Wasdev Mund. He then removed the trunk of the tree but by its removal a khud (depression) was caused and henceforth people called him Wasdev Khud. He then filled up the depression and the ground became teng (a little elevated) and he began to be called Wasdev Teng. Thus exasperated, he left to do any further attempt to remove the cause of his nick-name and it continued to be Teng which is now attached to the names of his descendents. Here
is a list of all the surnames and their respective stories some of which are quite frankly hilarious. Just proves that just how good Kashmiri pandits are at name calling. :D