Derivation of the term-

  • Lamans are also known as Vanjaries in various parts of the country. A Vanjari or a trader seems to be occupational description, is etymologically identical with Vanijya which means trade or commerce. These tribes were in the past engaged in carrying grains and supplies for armies, before the time of cart-roads and railways. The term Laman also seems to be derived from "Laman (salt), the Tribe being the chief carrier of salt in the past.

  • The term Banjara,derived from "Banij" meaning trader or perhaps from "Baniji" , meaning pedlar's pack is used in the west of Punjab, as a generic term for pedlar. Indeed it is to be feared that in that part of province persons have been shown as Banjara in consequence of their occupation only.

  • The name Banjara is supposed to be derived from the Persian word "Berinj Arind", means "dealers in rice" (Shakespear's Dictionary). Vanjari or Vanjara is the corrupt form of "Vanaskara" i.e. moving about in forest. Caran or Cháran also comes from the same root. Vanjara means burners or the inhabitants of woods, while yet others say that the word means an arrow. It may, with equal plausibility, be referred to Vanachara (Sanskrit meaning wanderer in the forest), on account of the nomadic character of the tribe. The true derivation is perhaps from the Sanskrit term "Vanja" (trader, merchant) which is also responsible for the term Bania and Banijiga (meaning trader).

  • Derivation of the term :
    Banjara a synomym for Vanjari. Brinajari a synomym for Lambadi. Banjara, Brinjari, Lambadi, Lamane, Vanjara, Gohar, Herkeri (Carnatic), grain and salt carriers, cattlebreeders and cattle dealers, found all over the country but especially over the districts of Warangal and Adilabad, which abound in rich pastures (A.P), Lamadi/ from Lamban - length- which has perhaps probable reference to the long line or train in which their bullocks move. The tribal name is Gohar - a man. Banjaras are a caste of carriers and drivers of pack-bullocks. They are also called Charous or Lambanis. The common name, and the one, by which they prefer to be known is Banjaras. They say the term, "Lambani" applied to them; by others, is a mistake and it denotes an allied division of their tribe.

  • Sukalis They are also called by some as Sukalies, but they resent the appelation. of the term Sukali various meanings, such as "men of good colour,or language or northern country," are suggested, but these appears , to be all of doubtfull accuracy. It is said by some that it means Areca nut, being the corrupt form of Supari, it is also referred to, as a name of Lingayat (Sukali Setti) whose trade of fire wood selling was very prosperous and was taken by Banjaras when they came to Southern India. From this they became known as men of Sukali Setti's trade or Sukali's.

  • Guguria Banjaras take their name from trading in Gugur - a kind of gum.

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