Origins of the name Iyengar

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I have a question which I am sure someone will be able to answer.

What are the origins of the name Iyengar ? (As in the illustrious BKS Iyengar of Pune.)

Thanks in advance for satisfying my curiosity.
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I am not a knowledgeable expert and not sure if this is what you meant but from: Wikipedia or also this from Wikipedia.
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From my limited knowledge, Iyengar are High caste ,IE ,brahmin.

Brahmin folk would not go to a bakery ,say, as it might serve food , not prepared as per their rituals. Likewise weddings.

What comes to my mind is the Jewish rituals with food, and indeed the places in N LONDON where marks/lines denote the sancity of the area.

Taxing my brain too much to recall, but I think they are the Jews with the curly ringlets, and black clothes.

Pity the poor fellow who is bald, but then the hairdresser might purchase'Temple' hair.

And we all know where that comes from
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Speaking of Iyengars and Bakeries -

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How an Englishman inspired an Iyengar to bake bread: Bangalore Bakery's Srinivas explains 117-year legacy
- http://www.firstpost.com/business/ho...y-2401996.html

and more http://www.mid-day.com/articles/eat-...ginal/17579195
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Origins of the name Iyengar

Among the Tamil Brahmins I encounter are Iyers and Iyengars.
I thought both were equally TamBram but a friend recently told me, no, originally tambram=Iyer, Iyengars came from somewhere else.

Nutshell: yes, it is a Brahmin caste name.

I was visiting my favourite Iyengars last week. They introduced me to Adai. But that belongs in a food thread...
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Iyer is a brahmin /
Ayers is a rock /
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Origins of the name Iyengar

And if I, helped out a little by the phone, can misspell something, I will. Thanks, I'll correct.

I am sadly lose with numbers and letters.

I think that Ayer is also what our maid calls me, but I do not know if that is how I should spell it in English.

Funny.. Iyengar is the I thought I'd got wrong!

I also can't spell Hasedic. Err... Hasidic
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Nick it would be Iyer's or Aiyyar's. You have taken the middle ground.
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Origins of the name Iyengar

Thanks aarosh.
When posting at home I use the search window a lot to check spellings, after that I rely on the hfots.

But I'm out listening to music with a bunch of assorted tambrams...
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Thanks everybody for the responses. I was watching a yoga video (but that belongs to another thread) !
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I think that Ayer is also what our maid calls me, but I do not know if that is how I should spell it in English.
I think your maid would be addressing you as "ayya" (master / sir).
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Also read this TD.
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Thanks for that link, aarosh.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I also can't spell Hasedic. Err... Hasidic


Most but not all orthodox jews (Haredi, Yemenite, and Hasadim) have payot (The sidelocks)
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Origins of the name Iyengar

The length, breadth and depth of your knowledge never fails to amaze! I know of the Stamford Hill folk, about whom fsg writes some sort of nonsense, and understand (from my non-orthodox Jewish friends) them to be Hasidim. I don't know about any other orthodox sect.

Underneath the superficial looks-weird-to-others thing, there is some interesting stuff.

It has occurred to me that a comparison of Brahminical and Rabinical culture might be interesting. Nycank might be able to offer one of the top of his head!

Funny... Asking about the name Iyengar here is like asking the origin of Smith in England. But TD is probably familiar with Bengali names about which I don't have a clue.

Just one more note... Meeting Mr or Mrs Iyengars here now is unlikely, as the caste names have been dropped from such usage.

They have also been dropped from street names... Which occasionally leads to nearby different streets with the same name!

Apologies for any loss of my sense of spell. Something in this post is bound to be wrong! I'll do a special puja to the hfots today, but I'm afraid that I'm beyond saving.
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