Original surname of the family is "Kaul" Pandit Raj Kaul, patriarch of the Magazine family was head of the "Magazine Department"(arsenal department) of the then Maharaja of Kashmir(Maharaja Ranbir Singh), he served on the position throughout his working career. In his official parlance, he would be identified as "Pandit Raj Kaul Magazine", that is how the surname started, followed by his sons , and the family down the line. Pt. Raj Kaul Magazine's brother Pt. Kailash Kaul Magazine also served as head of the "Magazine Department" of the Maharaja, at Jammu.