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Chakraborty is a surname from the Indian subcontinent meaning ′Ruler of the country′ or 'Emperor'.[1][2] It is derived from the Sanskrit words cakra (wheel) and 'vart' (to roll or turn) which metaphorically denotes a ruler whose chariot wheels roll without obstruction.[2] Common in Bengali Hindus of India and Bangladesh, the surname is found especially within the Brahmins.[3][4][5] It is spelled in various ways, including Chakravarty, Chakravartty, Chakraverty, Chakraverty, Chakraborty, Chakraborti, Chokroborti, Chakrabarti, Chakrabarty, Chakraverty, Chakravarty, Chakravarti, Chakrawarti, Chakravartin, Chakravorti, Chakrabortty, Chakravorty and Chuckreverty.

Origin and meaning[edit]

Sanskrit čakravartī literally means ‘wheels rolling’ (čakra ‘wheel’ + vart ‘to roll or turn’); metaphorically, it describes a ruler whose chariot wheels roll everywhere without obstruction.[2]

Notable persons with this surname[edit]



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  1. ^ Meaning of চক্রবর্তী (Chokroborti) in an online dictionary website, retrieved 14 February 2019
  2. ^ a b c "Chakrabarti Name Meaning & Chakrabarti Family History at®". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  3. ^ Gupta, Sankar Sen. Folklore of Bengal: A Projected Study. Indian Publications. p. 16. It is said that when the five brahmins went to the court of Adisura, there were 700 families of brahmin residents in Bengal, who were called Saptasatis or Satsatis (meaning 700). These Saptasatis too were honoured by the rulers and often they received grants of villages. Gradually they became priests to the lower castes and thereby descended to the rank of degraded brahmins , even though they have boasted such surnames such as Chakravarty and Bhattacharya
  4. ^ Clark, Gregory. The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility. Princeton University Press. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-691-16837-1. This chapter examines social mobility in Bengal from 1860 to the present.. This group [Bengali Brahmins]: Bandopadhyaya/Banerjee, Bhattacharya/Bhattacharjee, Chakraborty/Chakravarty, Chattopadhyaya/Chatterjee, Gangopadhyaya/Ganguly, ...
  5. ^ Folk-lore. Indian Publications. p. 172. A few Bengali Surnames that identify a caste - Surname Caste Identificatoin Brahmin Bandyopadhyay ( Banerjee ) , Mukhopadhyay ( Mukherjee ) , Gangopadhyaya ( Ganguli ) , Chattopadhyay ( Chatterjee ) , Chakravarty , Kanjilal , Sanyal , Lahiri ...