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Nanda is an Indian surname, and a given name. Nanda is a word used in Chinese pinyin.


Chinese pinyin[edit]

  • Nanda (南大), the nickname of Nanjing University[1]

Given name[edit]

  • Nanda (5th-century BC), half-brother of Buddha
  • Nanda (1939 – 2014), Bollywood actress


People with surname Nanda, primarily found in India in the states of Punjab and Odisha, also in the neighbouring region of West Bengal & Jharkhand. The Nanda from Odisha are Bramhin & from Punjab are of Khatri caste.

Geographical distribution[edit]

As of 2014, 59.7% of all known bearers of the surname Nanda were residents of India and 19.0% were residents of Myanmar. In India, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average in the following states and union territories:[2]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ China Exclusive, Xinhua, July 9, 2015: "Nanda" has long been accepted nationwide as referring to Nanjing University
    Where to study: Nanda
  2. ^ Nanda Surname Distribution