A BANDY TRIBE IN IRAN
|You may be
amazed to learn that the family name also exists in distant Iran.
The Iranian language, Farsi, belongs to the same Indo-Germanic group of
languages as English. It is written in the Arabic script but is
not related to the Arabic languages. Our Iranian correspondent
Hamid R Bandy from Mashad tells us that in Farsi Bandy means the
one who is not free (almost prisoner), but it has a good meaning in
Farsi literature for example "bandy-e-eshgh" means "the prisoner
of the kingdom of love". Derek Bandy suggests that this is similar
to he "Bound man" meaning which we can see in English and clearly has
the same Indo-Germanic root in "Bind"
Hamid tells us that the Bandy Tribe numbers 1400 or more people and has
a history going back five or six centuries in Persia. With a history
that long it would appear that the family name has a local origin and we
are not related, But we have something in common - a great and rare
Hamid R Bandy from Mashad, Iran
AND ALSO IN SOUTH
We shouldn't be
surprised to find Bandys in South Africa, but we still are not clear on where
they fit into the family. Tracy Ann McKay (nee Bandey) wrote from South
Africa to say that she is the daughter of Peter Wallis Bandey & Heather Sandra
Bandey (nee Duncan). I have an uncle, Michael John Bandey and he is
married to Ann Bandey (who just recently passed away from cancer). They have
three sons, David, John and Gavin Bandey. My paternal grandfather was David
Wallis Bandey (a methodist minister and academic doctor) and he was married
Florence Mary Bandey (nee Brecknock). We are the only Bandey's in South
Africa. My grandfather's brother Tom (Thomas) died a few years ago. He was
married to Edith, I think, and they lived in Truro, Cornwall.
Can anybody help with this family?