Gotama

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The name Gautam (a vrddhi patronymic of Gotama and also transliterated as Gautama pr Gautham), written in Devanāgarī script as गौतम (or गोतम), is derived from the Sanskrit words “gŐ(गः)” and “tama (तम)”. “Tama” means “darkness” and “gŐ” means inter alia “bright light”. Together, they indicate that one, who dispels darkness (ignorance) by his brilliance (knowledge). The name has its origin in Rigvedic times.

Some persons from India and Nepal assume the name 'Gautam' as first name or last name. It may refer to (alphabetically):

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  • 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
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  • Gautam Brahmins, a sub-group of Hindu Brahmins in India
  • Gautam Rajputs, a sub-clan of Khastriya caste (Rajputs) found in North India
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  • Gautam Bhatia, Indian architect and writer
  • Gautam Choudhury, Indian musician
  • Gautam Gambhir, Indian cricketer
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