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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Indian (Bengal) and Bangladeshi : Hindu (Brahman) name, from Chatta, the name of a village, + jhā ‘teacher’ (a greatly reduced form of Sanskrit upādhyāya), i.e. ‘teacher from the village of Chatta’. In Bengali names formed with -jee, the initial element is believed to indicate a village granted by Ballal Sen, an ancient king of Bengal, to an ancestor of bearers of the surname.

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