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Srivastava, also spelled Shrivastava, is a common surname in Northern India, notably among Kayasthas,[1] although recent times have seen some other communities also using this surname. Spelling variations include Shreevastava, Shrivastav, Shrivastava, Srivastav, Srivastava, Sriwastaw and Srivastwa.

According to one theory, the name "Shrivastava" originates from "Shrivastu", the former name of the Swat River, said to be the place of origin of this clan.[2]

Notable people with this name[edit]

Notable people named Srivastava (or its variations) include:

Notable Srivastavas who changed their name

The following or their ancestors were born Srivastava but changed their surname to their title:


  1. ^ Lucy Carroll (1977). "Caste, Community and Caste(s) Association: A Note on the Organization of the Kayastha Conference and the Definition of a Kayastha Community". Contributions to Asian studies, Volume 10. Brill Archive. p. 3. ISBN 978-90-04-04926-0. 
  2. ^ S. S. Shashi, ed. (1996). Encyclopaedia Indica: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh: Volume 100. Anmol. p. 117. ISBN 978-81-7041-859-7.