Ganguly (surname)

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Ganguly (also called Ganguli, Ganguly, Gangulee, Gangoly or Gangopadhyay) is an Indian family name of a Bengali Brahmin caste; it is a variant of Gangele Gangopadhyay(a) Gônggopaddhae. The historical book 'Jāti-Bhāṣkar' mentions that those who were given grants in the village named Gangul, by Ballāl Sena were called Ganguly (i). Also, called Gangopādhyāy (literally 'the Vedic teachers in the regions around the Ganges') because they selected the profession of teaching (upadhyay).

The ancestors of Gangulys are from a hermit or saint called Savarna Muni[a], belonging to the family of Bhrigu and thus all Gangulys have the same Savarna Gotra, and Aurva-Bhrigu-Chyavana-Aapnuvata-Jaamadagnya Pancha (Five) pravaras which means they are from the same ancestral root.

The Sabarna Roy Choudhury family of Kolkata are actually Gangopadhyay. The titles Roy and later Choudhury were bestowed on their ancestor Lakshmikanta Gangopadhyay by the Muslim emperors Akbar and Jahangir. Job Charnok had purchased three villages from this family. These three villages became Kolkata during the rule of East India Company.The current actual blood heir of Shridhar Ganguly's are Debaprasad Ganguly, Pradip Ganguly, Girija Shankar Ganguly, Sayan Ganguly and Arnab Ganguly.

List of persons with the surname[edit]


  • Ashok Sekhar Ganguly, former chairman of Hindustan Lever
  • Pablo Ganguli, (born 1983), Indian cultural entrepreneur
  • Paramjeet Ganguly (born 1992), Product Manager and Payments Expert.


  • Enakshi Ganguly, Indian children's rights activist
  • Kadambini Ganguly, one of the two Indian women doctors who was first South Asian female physician, trained in western medicine to graduate in South Asia.




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  1. Compare with Wikipedia article on Gotra Pravara