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Chatterjee or Chattopadhyay is a Bengali family name, used primarily by Pancha-Gauda Brahmins in India, and associated with the Bengali Brahmin caste.[1] Chatterjee is an Anglicized variant of the Sanskritized Chattopadhyay.[2] Chattopadhyay (compound of village name "Chaṭṭa"[1] and "upādhyāya" denoting "priest, teacher"[1] originally granted with the village named Chaṭṭa) is the Sanskritized form of the local Prakrit word "chaturjye", anglicized to Chatterjee. English language spellings include Chatterjee, Chatterjea, Chatarji, Chatterji, Chaterjee, Chattopadhyay, and Chattopadhyaya.[3][4][5][6][7], and potentially Chattoraj and Chattoraghab.[citation needed]

Lineage and ancestryEdit

Chatterjees are from the Kashyapa Gotra,[citation needed] indicating their presumed descent from the ancient sage.[8]

Notable ChatterjeesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Hanks, Patrick (2003-05-08). "Chatterjee". Dictionary of American Family Names: 3-Volume Set. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 320. ISBN 9780195081374.
  2. ^ Hanks, Patrick (2003-05-08). "Indian Family Names". Dictionary of American Family Names: 3-Volume Set. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. xcviii. ISBN 9780195081374.
  3. ^ Rodrigues, Hillary (2003). Ritual Worship of the Great Goddess: The Liturgy of the Durga Puja with Interpretations. SUNY Press. p. 320. ISBN 9780791488447.
  4. ^ Joshi, Priya (2002-04-24). In Another Country: Colonialism, Culture, and the English Novel in India. Columbia University Press. p. 283. ISBN 9780231500906.
  5. ^ Institutions, International Federation of Library Associations and (2013-06-21). "Bengali". Names of Persons: National Usages for Entry in Catalogues. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. p. 21. ISBN 9783110974553.
  6. ^ Chatterji, Bankim Chandra; Caṭṭopādhyāẏa, Baṅkimacandra (2005). "Introduction". Ānandamaṭh, Or, The Sacred Brotherhood. Oxford University Press. p. 5. ISBN 9780195178579.
  7. ^ Chakraborty, Paulomi (2018-07-27). The Refugee Woman: Partition of Bengal, Gender, and the Political. Oxford University Press. p. 270. ISBN 9780199095391.
  8. ^ Roy, Tathagata (2014-06-25). The Life & Times of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee. Prabhat Prakashan. p. 13. ISBN 9789350488812.
  9. ^ "Shibashis Chatterjee Photography". Retrieved 2019-10-15.