Pandey, Pande, or Panday (Hindi: पाण्डेय) (Nepali: पाण्डे/पाँडे) is a surname found among the communities of Brahmins in India and both Bahun and Chhetri communities of Nepal. Deshpande and other variations of this surname, ending in "-pande", are found in the Deccan region of India.
Pande dynasty of Nepal
Pande nobles of Nepal belonged to Thar Ghar aristocracy group which assisted the rulers of Gorkha Kingdom. Pande/Pandey nobles typically took on the positions of Kaji, a high military role. On the end of 18th century, Pandes were on extreme dominance of Nepalese Darbar politics consistently struggling for central power opposite to Thapa dynasty. The Pande family was divided into two section Kala Pandes and Gora Pandes who were always aligned to opposite political factions. The Pande aristocratic family of Gora (White) Pande section was connected to the same Thapa dynasty through Chief Kaji (Mulkaji) Ranajit Pande whose son-in-law was Kaji Nain Singh Thapa. The Pande family of Kala (Black) Pande section was maritally linked to Basnyat family through Chitravati Pande who married Kaji Kehar Singh Basnyat.
- Basdeo Panday – 5th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 1995 to 2001
- Bhairab Dutt Pande former governor of Punjab and West Bengal
- Bhim Bahadur Pande, Former Nepalese diplomat and historian, awarded title of Sardar
- Chittu Pandey- Freedom fighter from Ballia
- Chunky Pandey – Bollywood film star
- Dalbhanjan Pande, Nepalese politician, military officer and senior minister from Gora Pande clan
- Damodar Pande, Mulkaji (Prime Minister) of Kingdom of Nepal; Son of Kaji Kalu Pande
- Ganesh Pandey, First Kaji of Gorkha Kingdom
- Ghanshyam Pande – religious leader, commonly known as Swaminarayan; believed to be a deity by followers
- Govind Chandra Pande, historian
- Gyanendra Pandey – Cricketer
- Hardik Pandya, Cricketer
- Kabinga Pande – Minister of Foreign Affairs Zambia (originally hailing from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh)
- Kalu Pande, (born Vamshidhar Pande); Kaji of Gorkha Kingdom, One of the Nepalese military leaders of Unification of Nepal, Leader of aristocratic Pande family of Nepal
- Kedar Pandey, Politician, Chief Minister of Bihar
- Mahendra Bahadur Pandey – Nepali politician
- Mangal Pandey – Indian soldier who led an incident immediately predating the Great Rebellion of 1857.
- Manish Pandey -Indian cricketer
- Lt.Manoj Kumar Pandey, Indian Army soldier from First Gorkha Rifles; winner of Param Vir Chakra, India's highest bravery award
- Mike Pandey – Wildlife film maker
- Mrinal Pande – Indian journalist, editor, columnist, (TikamGarh, Madhya Pradesh)
- Neeraj Pandey, Bollywood film director, writer & producer
- Nirmal Pandey – Bollywood actor from Nainital in Uttarakhand
- Nitesh Pandey, Indian TV/films actor
- Piyush Pandey- Advertising executive, Mumbai, India.
- Poonam Pandey- Bollywood actor, Mumbai, India.
- Prem Chand Pandey – Scientist and Founder Director, NCAOR-Indian Antarctic Program
- Prithvi Bahadur Pande, Chairman of Nepal Investment Bank
- Ranajit Pande, Nepalese Mulkaji from aristocratic Pande family
- Rana Jang Pande, (Mukhtiyar) Prime Minister of Nepal, Son of Kaji Damodar Pande
- Raj Mangal Pande, politician, former Central HRD Cabinet Minister, Government of India
- Rati Pandey. Indian actress and anchor
- Chhavi Pandey. Indian actress and anchor
- Rohini Pande, economist
- Saroj Pandey – Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
- Shikha Pandey – Indian female cricketer.
- Surendra Pandey – Nepali politician
- Vamsharaj Pande, Dewan (Prime Minister) of Kingdom of Nepal
- V. C. Pande, former Cabinet Secretary and former governor, Bihar and Arunachal Pradesh
- Vijay Kumar Pandey- Nepali media personality
- Vijay S. Pande - Protein biochemist
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- Pradhan 2001, p. 6.
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