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Banerjee or Bandyopadhyay is a surname of Brahmins in the Bengal region of India. Its variants include Bannerjee, Banerji, Banerjie, Bonnerjee, Bandopadhyaya and Bandyopadhyay.


"Indian (Bengal) and Bangladeshi: Hindu (Brahman) name, the first element of which, Ban-, is taken from Bandyopadhyay The final element -jee is derived from jha (greatly reduced form of Sanskrit upadhyaya ‘teacher’); thus, Banerjee ‘teacher who is head and only performs the main work aarti or,Vandana. In Bengali names formed with -jee, the initial element is believed to regrete as lord granted by Ballal Sen, a legendary ancient king of Bengal, to the ancestor of the person bearing the surname. A Sanskrit version of this name, Vandyopadhyaya, was coined later, from the elements vandya ‘venerable’ + upadhyaya ‘teacher’. "

— Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

The family surname of the Tagores is Banerjee (Bandopadhyay).[1][page needed]

== Notable people Notable people with the surname Banerjee / Bandopadhyay include: Ishwar Chandra Bandyopadhyay(Vidyasagar), Social Reformer


  1. ^ Rabindranath tagore A Centenary Volume 1861-1961. Sahitya Academy. ISBN 81-7201-332-9.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)