Etymology and distribution
The original ethnicity of Bhandari may be in dispute depending on whether the family name came in to being naturally and independently in various locales; e.g. in the case of names that come from a professional trade, which can come into being in multiple places independently. One theory suggests Bhandari comes from Nepali Sanskritam bhạ̄ṇdā(gā)rika ‘treasurer’, ‘keeper of a storehouse’, from bhạ̄ṇdā(gā)ra ‘treasury’ or ‘storehouse’. Alternatively, Bhandari is said to be derived from Marathi world bhạ̄ṇdā, meaning a vessel. Bhandari caste in coastal Maharashtra traditionally engaged in seafaring and ship building and hence derived their name.
Bhandari as a surname is found in enponymous caste from western coastal India, maheshwaris, Oswal Jains of Rajasthan, Khatris of Punjab. In Nepal, Bhandari is a title adopted as a surname mostly by Bahuns and Chhetris.
Some of the notable people with Bhandari surname are:
- Binod Bhandari (born 1990), Nepalese cricketer
- Damodar Bhandari, member of 2nd Nepalese Constituent Assembly
- Madan Kumar Bhandari (1952 – 1993), Nepalese politician and communist leader
- Rajendra Bhandari (born 1956), Nepalese poet
- Dictionary of American Family Names, 2013, Oxford University Press
- Bhandari Grooms - Bhandari Boys - Bhandari Groom
- Bhandari Name Meaning & Bhandari Family History at Ancestry.com
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