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Tyagi is a surname and historically a Brahmin caste. Tyagi people are now mostly engaged in farming and do not offer priestly services.[1] The name Tyagi is prevalent in both Hindu and Muslim communities.[2] Community members who converted to Islam are known as Muslim Tyagis[3] and as Mulla Brahmin, Musalman Taga, Mahesra and Moolay Taga.[4]

Notable people[edit]

Notable people bearing the Tyagi name, who may or may not be affiliated to the aforementioned communities, include:


  1. ^ Haryana (India). Backward Classes Commission (1990). Report of the Backward Classes Commission, 1990, Government of Haryana. Controller of Printing and Stationery. p. 105. 
  2. ^ Kripa Shankar Mathur, Binod C. Agrawal, Tribe, caste, and peasantry, Ethnographic & Folk Culture Society, U. P., 1974, p. 189, ... The present Hindu and Muslim Tyagis are the descendants of a common ancestor ... 
  3. ^ Brij Raj Chauhan, Unesco, Rural-urban articulations, A.C. Bros., 1990, ISBN 978-81-85489-01-8, ... In Saharanpur district SC Dube described the Tyagi village where half of the population is of Muslim Tyagi and the other half of the Hindu Tyagi ... 
  4. ^ History of origin of some clans in India, with special reference to Jats (1992), Mangal Sen Jindal, Sarup & Sons, p. 159

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