Meaning and Origin of: Chatterjee

Family name origins & meanings

  • Indian (Bengal) and Bangladeshi : Hindu (Brahman) name, fromChatta, 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.