Brahmin Surnames List

Brahmin Surnames List

Brahmin Surnames List

In this article I will share Brahmin surnames list in India based on my ongoing research on Brahmins.
I have tried to make this list of Brahmin surnames as exhaustive as possible. If you have anything to add, please drop me an email.
Below is presented, by state/ geographic region detailed Hindu Brahmin surnames list.
Bengali Brahmin Surnames List

Bengali Brahmins are those who have origins in the West Bengal, Tripura, Bangladesh and parts of Jharkhand. A
A list of common Bengali Brahmin surnames is given below.
  • Bhattacharya
  • Chakraborty
  • Mukhopadhyay / Mukherjee
  • Bandyopadhyay / Banerjee
  • Chattopadhyay / Chatterjee
  • Gangopadhyay / Ganguly
  • Ghoshal
  • Thakur / Tagore
  • Lahiri
  • Bhaduri
  • Sanyal
  • Maitra
  • Bagchi
  • Patitunda
  • Kanjilal
  • Others Titles - Roy, Choudhury, Majumdar, Joardar

Assamese Brahmins list of Surnames

Assamese Brahmins[12] are those who originate in Assam, Meghalaya, parts of northern Bangladesh and some parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. At one time, Kamarupa was an important seat of Hinduism and many Brahmin scholars were residents of Kamarupa.
Brahmon Sobha Guwahati is trying its best to preserve and promote Vedic Brahmin culture[13].
  • Baruah
  • Bez Baruah
  • Bujar Barua
  • Chandra Barua
  • Ram Barua
  • Prasad Barua
  • Gobinda Barua
  • Acharya / Acharjee
  • Bhattacharya / Bhattacharjee
  • Bhagavati
  • Bardalai
  • Gain
  • Goswami
  • Sharma
  • Siddhanta
  • Thakur
  • Pathak

Bihari Brahmin Surnames List (Bihar/ Mithila / Jharkhand)

At one time Bihari Brahmins were famous for their scholarship and erudition and Mithila[14] produced one Vedic scholar after another starting from Yajnavalkya. Today except for a few exceptional scholar and Vedic experts, most Bihari Brahmins lack academic rigor and are more interested in rajasic and tamasic pursuits [15].

List of Bihari Brahmin surnames is given below.
  • Acharya
  • Mishra
  • Ojha/ Jha
  • Thakur
  • Pathak
  • Upadhyay
  • Choudhary
  • Shandilya
  • Rajhans
  • Kashyap
  • Jajware
  • Sharma
  • Chaturvedi

Nepali Brahmins List of Surnames

Neplai Brahmins are also known as Bahun. Apart from indigenous Brahmin population since ancient times, Nepali Brahmins also consist of Brahmins of UP origin (Banarasi), Bengali origin, Punjabi/ Rajasthani origin and Brahma-Kayastha of Bhutanese origin.[16] 

List of Nepali Brahmin surname is given below.
  • Acharya
  • Lamichhane
  • Rijal
  • Bastola
  • Bhurtel
  • Bhetwal
  • Gajurel
  • Chudal
  • Subedi

Uttar Pradesh / Uttarakhand / Other North Indian Brahmins Surname List

At one time North Indian Brahmins were famous for their scholarship and erudition and the central Gangetic basin was considered the seat of Vedic learning. Many of these Brahmins were famous for their learning, sophistication and range of knowledge. But things are really bad now - especially given the Dalit extremism and rising Islamic fundamnetalism in these regions.
Except for a handful of noted scholars especially in places like Varanasi, Allahabad -  majority of these north Indian brahmins lack shastra knowledge and academic rigor. They eat vegetarian food and indluge in slogaeering like "Jai Shree Ram", "Namah Shivaya" or "Jai Parshuram" and writing against beef eating on Facebook.
Having said that, even today, UP and Uttarakand regularly churn out quite few Vedic scholars and Sanskrit experts.
  • Mishra
  • Dikshit
  • Dubey
  • Dwivedi
  • Tiwari
  • Trivedi
  • Chaubey
  • Chaturvedi
  • Pandey
  • Vajpayee
  • Bajpai
  • Pathak
  • Upadhyay
  • Ojha
  • Goswami
  • Parashara
  • Tiwari
  • Nirmal
  • Pandit
  • Bharadwaj
  • Shukla
  • Agnihotri
  • Siritiya
  • Tote
  • Pujari
  • Purohit
  • Nayapaul

Kashmiri Pandit Surname List

Kashmir has produced brilliant Brahmins[17] like Abhinava Gupta, Kshemeraja and Kalhana in the past - but today Kahsmiri Pandits are an  almost-dying species and they are simply fighting for their survival, having been massacred and driven out of their homeland by Muslims in Kashmir.[18]
  • Kaul
  • Bhat
  • Raina
  • Haksar
  • Tikoo
  • Mattoo
  • Dhar
  • Kak
  • Sapru
  • Sopori
  • Razdan
  • Kher
  • Bachloo
  • Bakshi
  • Draboo
  • Hangloo
  • Wanchoo

Orissa Brahmins Surnames List

List of Odisha Brahmin surnames are given below.
  • Samanta
  • Mishra
  • Acharya
  • Satapati
  • Pati
  • Upadhyay
  • Tiwari
  • Dash
  • Panda
  • Bishi
  • Vedi
  • Divedi
  • Trivedi
  • Chaturvedi
  • Dash Sharma
  • Dikshit
  • Debata
  • Nath
  • Sahu
  • Panigrahi
  • Mohapatra
  • Rath
  • Rath Sharma
  • Sarongi
  • Joshi
  • Pattojoshi
  • Purohit
  • Pujari
  • Devasharma
  • Padhi
  • Khuntia
  • Nanda

Gujarati Brahmins List of Surnames

  • Bhatta
  • Upadhyay
  • Vyasa

Maharashtrian / Karnataka Brahmins

To some extent Maharashtrian Brahmins [19] have somewhat managed to continue their Vedic heritage in unbroken traditions and this is really a very good thing. In places like Pune, one may still find quite a few Sanskrit scholars.
  • Deshmukh
  • Kulkarni
  • Deshpande
  • Fadnavis, Phadnis or Phadnavis
  • Desai
  • Patil
  • Joshi
  • Bhatta
  • Shastri
  • Rao
  • Sharma
  • Hedge
  • Garge
  • Varne
  • Shrirame
  • Padhye
Andhara Brahmins List of Surnames

Andhra Brahmins are those who reside primarily in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They have produced eminent scholars like the great Sayanacharya, the commentator of the Rig Veda and the first person in recorded history to mention the speed of light, centuries before western science.[20]

Andhra Brahmins are of two types:
  • Niyogi
  • Vaidiki/Dravida
In general Andhra Brahmins identify themselves with gotra, and use suffixes like:
  • Sharma
  • Deekshitulu
  • Joshyula/ Josyula
  • Mishrula
  • Dwibhashyula
  • Bhagvatula
  • Shashtrula
  • Shastry/ Sastri/ Sastry
  • Upadhyayula
  • Suarashtrula
  • Bhattula
  • Saraswatula
Dravida Brahmins (Tamil / Karnataka/ Kerala)

Iyers and Iyengars are truly the only sect of Brahmis who have truly maintained their Brahmanical traditions to this day and in fact I would say that in modern day Hindusim, south Indian Brahmins are playing a much greater role than north Indians. Many south Indian Brahmins are fluent in Sanskit, highly educated in secular subjects as well and regularly follow their festivals and events.
The only problem is that many Iyers and Iyengers, especially from TN are vehemently anti-Hindi and anti-North Indian, and that is a worrisome matter.

Tamil Brahmins
  • Iyer / Aiyar
  • Iyengar
Kerala Brahmins
  • Namboothiri / Nampoorithiri
  • Moosathu
  • Unni
  • Kurukkal
  • Nambissan / Nambiassan/ Nambeeassan (also known as Puspakar Brahmins)[21][[Note 1]
  • Plappally 
  • Potti


  1. Ramakrishna Paramhamsa -
  2. Rabindranath Tagore -
  3. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu -
  4. Panchanan Tarkaratna -
  5. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar -
  6. Danger of Fascism: Buddhadeb Bhattacharya -
  7. Mission Bengal Jihad -
  8. CPI(M) leader slammed for participating in ‘beef’ event -
  9. Bengali Hindu intellectuals please stop propagation of beef eating and cow slaughter -
  10. Changing Religious Demographics of West Bengal -
  11. West Bengal Population - Extinction of Bengali Hindus -
  13. Brahmon Sobha -
  18. Islamic Terrorism and Genocide of Kashmiri Pandits -
  20. Speed of Light in Ancient India -
  21. Pushpaka Brahmin -

Posted: 30 Jun 2017