The English word ”caste” derives from
the Latin word ”castus” signifying chaste,
clean or pure and it’s Spanish and Portugese
derivative ”casta” means lineage, breed or race.
The word caste also means class, degree, grade, level,
position,rank,status and sratus.
Alva is a surname shared by Bunts and
Catholic community.Eg:Mrs. Margaret Alva,
politician,is a Mangalorean and Catholic
Gambhir is a surname used by Bunts.But
Gautam Gambhir, the Indian cricketeer
belongs to Khatri, a caste from North
Surnames of the Jain Bunts are the same
as the rest of Bunts.
Surname Hegde is used by Bunts in South
Canara and Havyak Brahmins in Northern
Karnataka.Kote kshatriyas also use the
Rao is the surname used by both Brahmins
and Kote Kshatriyas.
In Kashmir, Hindus and Muslims have been
sharing the same surnames since ages.
For eg:surnames such as Bhat and Pandith are
shared by both Hindus and Muslims.
Surname ‘Nayak’ is shared by Kote/Rama Kshatriyas
and Konkani or Gaud Saraswat Brahmins.
Naik is the surname used by Bunts.
Shetty is the surname of Bunt Community.
However,surnames ending wih shetty and
Shervegar are the surnames used by Bunts and
Bhandari is the surname used by both Bunt and
By Vani Hegde.