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Sharma is a surname found in India and Nepal as a surname or given name among Brahmins. [1] As a noun in Sanskrit, Sharma as a surname or given name primarily denotes a teacher by vocation.

The name Sharma is written as शर्मा in Hindi.[2] An alternative English spelling of the name used in the city of Varanasi and the Indian states of Assam, Andhra Pradesh , Karnataka and Kerala is "Sarma".[3] Some Assamese people also use Sarmah.[3]

According to Dictionary of American Family Names,[1] the name Sharma is listed as "Indian: Hindu (Brahman) name from Sanskrit šarma ‘joy’, ‘shelter’." Other theories suggest that origin of the name Sharma lies in the ancient Sanskrit word "Sharman" which means teacher or master.

According to Indian sociologist, S. Devadas Pillai,[4] "The suffix Sharma indicates that the chanter is a Brahman..."

People with surname Sharma/Sarma[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
  2. ^ the Etymology and History of First Names. Behind the Name. Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  3. ^ a b Assamese Surnames. (2003-04-04). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  4. ^ S. Devadas Pillai (1 January 1997). Indian sociology through Ghurye, a dictionary. Popular Prakashan. pp. 342–. ISBN 978-81-7154-807-1. Retrieved 20 October 2011.