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Word/nameBengali (from Arabic and Persian)
MeaningRecord Keeper, Archivist, Treasurer, Accountant
Region of originBengal
Other names
Variant form(s)numerous

Majumdar (Bengali: মজুমদার) is a native Bengali surname that is used by both the Bengali Hindu and Bengali Muslim community of Indian states of West Bengal, Assam and as well as of Bangladesh.[2]

Etymology and history[edit]

The name literally translates to 'record keeper' or 'archivist', from the Arabic language majmua (مجموع/মজমুয়া) 'collection' + the Persian suffix -dar (دار/দার) 'possessor'. The surname has evolved from this title.[citation needed]

The surname is found among both Hindu and Muslim Bengalis and should not be confused with the similar "Mujumdar" or "Muzumdar", found among Marathis, and to some extent among the peoples of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. The Bengali Mirashdars[note 1] living in the former Kachari Kingdom were given titles by the Kachari Raja, which in modern-day acts as a surname for them.[4]


Variations of the surname Majumdar also remain very common. These include different English transliterations and regional pronunciations of the term. Different English spellings include: Mojumdar, Majumder, Mojumder, Mazumdar, Mozumdar, Mazumder, Mozumder, Majoomdar, Mojoomdar, Majoomder, Mojoomder, Mazoomdar, Mozoomdar, Mazoomder, Mozoomder and Muzumdar.

List of people with the surname[edit]





Other spellings[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mirashdar is a term referring to a landowner who pays taxes directly to the government.[3]


  1. ^ "1990 Census Name Files". 30 March 2005. Archived from the original on 30 March 2005. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Majumdar Surname".
  3. ^ Laskar, Nitish Ranjan (1985). Mahishya Das of Cachar and their Social Background. Proceedings of North East India History Association. North East India History Association. p. 456.
  4. ^ E M Lewis (1868). "Cachar District: Statement No. XVIII: Glossary of Local Terms". Principal Heads of the History and Statistics of the Dacca Division. Calcutta: Calcutta Central Press Company. pp. 406–408.
  5. ^ Dasgupta, Uma Mahadevan (29 January 2022). "A white brilliance: Uma Mahadevan-Dasgupta reviews Saikat Majumdar's 'The Middle Finger'". The Hindu.

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