Gautam (a vrddhi patronymic of Gotama and also transliterated as Gautama, Gautham or Gotama) is a name, originating in Rigvedic times. It derives from the Sanskrit words “gŐ(गः)” meaning “bright light” and “tama (तम)” meaning “darkness”. Together they indicate a person who dispels darkness by his brilliance, such as using the light of their knowledge to dispel the gloom of ignorance.
It may refer to:
Ancient figures known as Gautama/Gotama
- Akṣapāda Gotama, an Indian philosopher and logician
- Gautama Buddha, Prince of Kapilvastu, Nepal and the founder of Buddhism
- Gautama Maharishi, one of the Saptarshis in Hinduism
- Gautam Brahmins, a sub-group of Hindu Brahmins in India
- Gautam Rajputs, a sub-clan of Khastriya caste (Rajputs) found in North India
People with the name
- Gautam Bhatia, Indian architect and writer
- Gautam Choudhury, Indian musician
- Gautam Gambhir, Indian cricketer
- Gautam Navlakha, a veteran activist from the People's Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi
- Gautam (given name), about the name itself
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