|Meaning||toponymic; literally "Head of the guild"|
|Region of origin||Konkan coast, India|
|Language(s) of origin||Konkani|
Shenoy is a common Brahmin surname from Goa and coastal Karnataka in India. It is found among Hindus of the Goud Saraswat Brahmin and Rajapur Saraswat Brahmin community. Some Brahmin Christian families of South Canara have reverted to their pre-conversion surnames like Shenoy.
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The original word is Shrenipati or the leader of the guild, which got converted as Shennivayi in Apabhraṃśa, and later as Shenai or Shenvi in old Konkani.
Background and origins
The Shenoys were generally involved in administration of the city. The word 'Shenoy' itself means a writer. GSBs were administrators of the temples. The word 'Shenoy' is also interchangeable with its Sanskrit counterpart 'Shanbhag' or 'Shanbhogue' which means clerk.
The Saraswats migrated from Goa during the Muslim and Christian conquests during 1600, and carried their surname with them. Thus the word 'शणै' is transliterated in Latin script as Shenoy in Karnataka and as Xennai, Shenoi, Shenai or even Sinai in Goa. "Xennoi" was used in the erstwhile Portuguese territory of Goa but has given way to "Xennai" today.
The following is a list of notable people with the surname 'Shenoy'.
- Sonia Shenoy: A famous news anchor
- Aishwarya Nag: South Indian actress
- Arun Shenoy: composer and music producer who has received a Grammy Award nomination
- Basti Vaman Shenoy: Konkani activist and founder of World Konkani Centre in Mangalore
- Preeti Shenoy: artist and writer
- Samskruthy Shenoy: actress who has appeared in South Indian films
- Shenoi Goembab (1877–1946): Konkani Pandit
- Suresh V. Shenoy: executive and philanthropist
- Vasudev V Shenoy (1940 – 2015): Educationist, Educational Counsellor, Journalist and a Social Activist
- Vijay Balakrishna Shenoy: Professor of physics and recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, the highest science award in India
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- "Shenoy Name Meaning", Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, 2013
- Pandtit Alahar Vijay, Pronology – The Dynamic Name Science, Chennai: Sura Books, ISBN 8174787356
- Angelus Francis Xavier Maffei (2003), A Konkani Grammar, Mangalore: Asian Educational Services, ISBN 9788120600874, OCLC 14242653
- ManoharRai SarDessai (2000), A History of Konkani Literature (From 1500 to 1992), Pune: Sahitya Akademi, p. 24, ISBN 8172016646
- Pius Fidelis Pinto (1999), History of Christians in coastal Karnataka, 1500–1763 A.D., Mangalore: Samanvaya Prakashan