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Meaning: The word Shenai stands for a temple administrator. In Australia, Shenai is also a common first name for girls. Khatkhate is a Persian (or Pharasi) word, and also the title that signifies an important officer in the Emperor's court.
Comments: Shenai-Khatkhate is a last name amongst the Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) community that originates from Goa, India. The name Shenai is often spelt as Shenoi in Kerala, and Xennai, or Shenoy, or Sinai in Goa. It was customary in Goa for Shenai families to add the name of their ancestral village or title after Shenai to highlight their origins, e.g. Shenai-Salgaonker (denoting village) and Shenai-Khatkhate (denoting title) etc. The title Khatkhate was earned by certain GSB families by virtue of their demonstrated bravery and achievements.