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Bhandari or Bhandary is a surname found in various Hindu castes and communities in India and Nepal.

Etymology and distribution[edit]

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’.[1] Alternatively, Bhandari is said to be derived from Marathi world bhạ̄ṇdā, meaning a vessel.[2] Bhandari caste in coastal Maharashtra traditionally engaged in seafaring and ship building and hence derived their name.[citation needed]

The name is also used to denote a barber.[3]

Notable people[edit]

Some of the notable people with Bhandari surname are:


  1. ^ Dictionary of American Family Names, 2013, Oxford University Press
  2. ^ Bhandari Grooms - Bhandari Boys - Bhandari Groom
  3. ^ Banerjee-Dube, Ishita (2009). Religion, Law and Power: Tales of Time in Eastern India, 1860-2000. Anthem Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-1-84331-783-8.