بندر) is a Persian word meaning "port" and "haven". Etymologically it combines Persian بند Band
(enclosed) and در dar
(gate, door) meaning "an enclosed area" (i.e. protected from the sea). The word travelled with Persian sailors
over a wide area leading to several coastal places in Iran
and elsewhere having Bandar (haven) as part of their names. In some Indian languages
the word Bandar
also means "monkey" although Bandargah means "port". In Malaysian Malay language
, bandar means "town" or sometimes "city", while in Indonesian Malay it means "port".
The west coast of India, with its historic links to Persia, has several place names that include the word bunder.
The city of Bombay
historically had a number of piers along its waterfronts, each named after the cargo it typically handled (or at times a landmark or important personality). The piers have long gone, but the place names continue to be used today. These include:
Similarly, in the state of Gujarat, several town names include the word bunder:
People with the name Bandar