Bhat = teacher / guru of the Aryans/ Arjee Tribe? this surname is effectively identical to the ones on this site : - Bhattacharya (westernised spelling 1) and -Bhattacharyya ((westernised spelling 2) - Bhattacharjee - english version of Bha'charji - (+ poss bhattacharji) thus making the actual numbers listed on this site closer to 900 persons and far more common than the rating above. Dating back to the events in the ancient times- By the 1800's (Common ERA calender) it still signified a person was considered of inherited caste suited to jobs like teaching and performing Hindu rituals of Puja / other religious ceremonies. Other surnames were also allowed to carry out these duties.
(Sent from Yasni user)