Acquaintence to Trees

  1. Kenkre - Kumbharjuve:
  2. The biggest branch of the Kenkre family existed in Kumar Durp or Kumbharjuve, Goa. Currently, this is the biggest branch in Goa. Though there are only two families who live in Kumbharjuve. Most of them have migrated out; about one third live in Mumbai while many live in Panaji.

    Many families have branched from the Kubharjuve trunk. These include the Kenkres of Kunkkali and Kankon in Goa , the Khot Kekres, the Shahapurkars, the Waghvadekars, the Gunjikars, the Kavdes, the Phadnis, the Torsekars, the Ambes and also the Kekres from Harda and Khachrod in Madhya Pradesh. However for want of ancestral records, their inter connections cannot be figured out.

  3. Kenkre - Kolval:
  4. This is second biggest branch in Goa. At present only one family lives in Kolval. More than half of the families have now settled in Madgaon and Banavali in Goa.

  5. Kenkre - Hadfade:
  6. There are six sub branches of this trunk. They are definitely interconnected; however no information is available about all interconnections. At present only one family lives at Hadfade. More than a third of families live in Mumbai while others live in Mapusa.

  7. Kenkre - Kutthali:
  8. At the time of defilement some families crossed the Zuari River and settled on the other side in town called Agashi. After some decades when the defilements stopped, some of the families returned back to Kutthali. Most of the families have settled in Mumbai and rest are still in Kutthali.

  9. Kenkre - Kunkkali:
  10. Some families still live in Kunkkali; others are settled in Panaji and Mumbai. The Kenkres of Kumbharjuve used to participate in mourning of Kenkres of Kunkkali. Hence to most of the probability Kunkkali Kenkres belong to the Kumbharjuve trunk.

  11. Kenkre - Kankon:
  12. Some Kenkre families live in Chaudi near Kankon. Others live in Mumbai or Panaji. They have branched out of Kumbharjuve trunk as well. Shri Durgadas Kenkre from this branch participated in Goa liberation movement. He was imprisoned at Aguada fort. He later fled by breaking the fort wall. He is not considered as freedom fighter for want of Portuguese record.

  13. Priyolkar:
  14. Shri Mangesh Deity was shifted from Kutthali to Priyol during 1600s. Around the same time the Kenkre family deity (Mool Purush) was shifted to a village called Konhe near Priol. The Mool Purush temple is just outside Priyolkar home. The Priyolkars have sincerely worshipped the deity since last 450 years. Priyolkars have now settled in Madgaon, Ponda and Mumbai.

  15. Agashikar:
  16. Of the group of Kenkre families of Kutthali who fled to Agashi, some families returned to Kutthali while some stayed back at Agashi. Those who stayed back identified themselves as Agashikar. Most of them have settled in Panaji and Mumbai.

  17. Advalpalkar:
  18. The Advalpalkars are basically residents of Asnoda. They had agricultural land and coconut groves in nearby village called Advalpali. Most of the families live in Mumbai and Panaji. Shri Sharadchandra Advalpalkar is a fortune teller having super natural powers.

  19. Kenkre - Bori:
  20. About 80 to 90 years back some Kenkre families lived in Bori. Most of them live in Mumbai now.

  21. Ambe:
  22. The Ambes have branched out of Kenkres from Kunkkali. We do not know the history behind adoption of surname Ambe. In probability their ancestors had Mango orchards. There are six sub branches. The inter branch relation is not known. There are many Ambe families in Kunkkali. Shri Manjappa first person of one of the sub branches had migrated from Kunkkali to Asnoti in Karwar (Karnataka).

  23. Lavannis:
  24. Lavannis used to be a title just like Phadnis. Primarily the Lavannis-Kenkres belonged to Dicholi (Bicholim). They still have a huge house at Dicholi. Some Lavannis families still live in Dicholi. Many have migrated to Mumbai.

  25. Torsekar:
  26. Shri Jivbadada Kerkar built a colony at Pedne (Pernem) and a fort at Terekhol (Tiracol). The Kenkres from Kumbharjuve being his relatives came to Torse. From the year 1700 to year 1904 the Vatandari of Torse town was with Kenkre family. At present only one family lives in the town. This family uses Kenkre surname. However those who migrated to Mumbai a century back, use Torsekar.

  27. Kekres of Belgaum:
  28. They have three sub branches. 1) Mangaon barrage 2) Dholgarwadi and 3) No reference. Nearly half of the families still live in Belgaum. Rest have migrated to Mumbai and Pune.

  29. Shahapurkar:
  30. The Shahpurkars have farmlands in Shahapur (a suburb of Belgaum). Most of the families live in and around Belgaum.

  31. Waghwadekar:
  32. The Waghwadekars have farmland in Waghawade, a few kilometres south of Belgaum. Most of the families live in Belgaum.

  33. Gunjikar:
  34. Some Kenkre families from Goa migrated to a town called Gunji in Belgaum district. In the course of time they adopted Gunjikar as their surname. All the Kenkre Gunjikar families held huge farmlands. The Gunjikars settled in four different villages around Gunji. 1) Gunji (Khanapur), 2) Alnaval, 3) Kapoli and 4) Halsal. These eventually became the sub-branches. The Gunji (Khanapur) branch owned biggest chunk of the farmland.

    The descendants of the Gunji (Khanapur) sub branch had their own business. This earned them the title - Kulkarni. Eventually, this family adopted Kulkarni-Gunjikar or only Kulkarni as their surname. Descendants of Laxman Bhikaji use Kulkarni as their surname.

    No information is about the descendants of Kapoli sub branch is available. Probably these did not expand further. Gunjikar families live in and around Belgaum. Many have settled in Mumbai and Karad (in Maharashtra) also.

  35. Kavde:
  36. The Kavades have their roots in a village called Uge, near Savarde in Goa. They eventually migrated to Belgaum. Most of them live in Pune these days. Information how surname Kavde came in use is not known.

  37. Khot:
  38. The word Khot means a tax collector. The Khot-Kekres had settled in Belgaum. They are divided in 5 sub branches - 1) Belgaum, 2) Camp Belgaum, 3) Bastawad, 4) Mumbai and 5) Dharwad.

    The Khots have settled primarily in Mumbai, Pune and Belgaum.

  39. Phadnis:
  40. Phadnis used to be position in the government of Peshwes of Pune. Phadnis families live in Halyal and Hubli in Karnataka.

  41. Kekre - Harda:
  42. The Kekres of Harda have trunked out of Khots. There were two Khot brothers called Ramrao and Govindrao. The descendants of Ramrao are the 5 Khot sub branches mentioned above. Govindrao migrated to Harda (in Madhya Pradesh) with his family.

    The Kekres of Harda know their ancestor as Baburao Khot Kekre. What is not known though is the relation between Baburao Khot Kekre and Govindrao Khot Kekre. Eventually the Harda families dropped Khot and use only Kekre as their surname.

    The families held farmland in 12 villages around Harda and also had the malgujari rights for these villages. During the time of Shri Jivbadada Kerkar (later called Bakshi), the Kekres participated in battles on behalf of the Scindias of Gwalior. They were hence awarded the land and the rights. Most of the Kekre families have settled in Harda, Indore, Bhopal, Pune and Mumbai.

    The Kekres of Harda are divided in six sub branches:
    1) Chhidgaon 2) Nimacha 3) Chhipaner 4) Palasner 5) Abgaon and 6) Jamani

  43. Kekre - Khachrod:
  44. Ancestors of Kekres from Khachrod had migrated from Kumbharjuve, Goa . Probably they came along with Shri Jivbadada Kerkar. They are primarily into agriculture. At present most of the families in Indore and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.

  45. Halyalkar-Deshpande:
  46. There are many Saraswat Deshpande families in Belgaum. But they have no inter-relations. The Deshpandes of town Halyal (in Karwar District of Karnataka) are Kenkres. Kenkre-Deshpandes have five sub branches and share a common ancestor.

    Only one branch uses the surname Halyalkar while all others use Halyalkar Deshpande.

    From Halyalkar-Deshpande families, Dattatray Vaman was a great dramatist and Shri Raghunath Vishwanath of was minister with Government of Karnataka.

By Madhusudan Kekre

Map of Goa (Kenkre settlements in Red)
Map of Karnataka Area (Kenkre settlements in Red)
Map of Madhya Pradesh Area (Kenkre settlements in Red)
Major concentration of Kenkre / Kekre families in India

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