Does anyone know if Md. before a name has a special meaning in the Indian subcontinent? I came across a book about women in the informal sector in Bangladesh written by 'Md. Golam Mostafa' (Amazon page here), doing some googling, Md before a name seems to be fairly common in academics. For example, I found one Dr. Md. Golam Mostafa Khan (seems to be someone else from the author above), who holds a PhD, MSc and MS in environmental science and chemistry subjects, but no MD. Have come across other references to people with job titles such as 'McDonald's crew member' and 'cleaner' who have Md. in front of their names - of course they may be medical doctors, but it seems unlikely. Is it just a variant of Mr. or does it have a special meaning? PS sorry for the title, I do realise India and Bangladesh are different countries, brain asleep!