Das (Punjabi: ਦਾਸ (Gurmukhi), داس (Shahmukhi); Hindi: दास; Oriya: ଦାସ / ଦାଶ; Assamese/Bengali: দাস; translation: devotee) is a common last name in India, among adherents of Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism. It is a derived from the Sanskrit word Dasa (Sanskrit: दास) meaning servant of God, "devotee," or "votary". "Das" may, most accurately, be inferred as one who has surrendered to God. The people with the last name "Das" belong to the KayasthaVarna (Hinduism) in Bengal, Bihar, Assam, and Orissa. Additionally, the Das suffix was attributed to many a higher caste Kayastha who worshiped Lord Krishna during the Middle Ages. The prefix of their name consisted of one of the many names of Lord Krishna and a suffix Das was added to that. Presently, initiated male followers of the ISKCON tradition adopt the last name Das or Dasa upon formally entering the ISKCON community. The present day usage of Dasa or Das in Hinduism is respectful and is not considered derogatory.
Das is also a last name (with a different meaning and etymology; Das means "badger" in Dutch, from PIE *teks-) found amongst the Dutch of the Netherlands.
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