Shrivastava

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Shrivastava also spelled Srivastava is a common surname in Northern India, notably among Kayasthas.[1] Though 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 Shrivastava (or its variations) include:

Notable Shrivastavas who changed their name

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

  • Munshi Premchand (1880–1936, born Dhanpat Rai Srivastava), Indian writer
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904–1966, born Lal Bahadur Srivastava), 2nd Prime Minister of Independent India
  • Harivansh Rai Bachchan (1907–2003, born Harivanshrai Shrivastav), Indian poet
  • Jayaprakash Narayan (1902-1979, born son of Harsu Dayal Srivastava), Indian independence activist, social reformer and political leader.
  • Parichay Das [ born 1964 ] , Pioneer Indian writer, editor , thinker, singer, actor . Writes in Bhojpuri, Maithili, Hindi . Was editor, ' Parichhan ' [ bhojpuri-maithili magazine ] , ' Indra prastha Bharti ' [ Hindi Magazine ]


References[edit]

  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.