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Tupac or Túpac is a relatively uncommon male name of Andean origin. The name means "royal" in Quechua language.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Notable people with the name include:

  • Tupac Shakur (1971–1996), African-American rapper also known by the stage names "2Pac" and "Makaveli"
  • Túpac Inca Yupanqui (1471–1493), tenth Sapa Inca of the Incan Empire
  • Túpac Amaru (died 1572), last indigenous leader of the Inca people in Peru
  • Túpac Amaru II (1742–1781), descendant of the Inca chief Tupac Amaru and leader of the 1780s uprising in colonial day Cusco, Peru
  • Túpac Hualpa (d.1533), Inca ruler
  • Tupac A. Hunter (born 1973), state senator from Michigan
  • Túpac Katari (c. 1750–1781), leader of a rebellion of indigenous people in Bolivia

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  1. ^ Garcilaso de la Vega, H. V. Livermore Royal commentaries of the Incas, and general history of Peru 1966 Page 475 "as soon as his father died, the great Tupac Inca Yupanqui (whose name Tupac means "he who glows or shines," a title"
  2. ^ Clements Markham History of the Incas, by Pedro Sarmiento De Gamboa, and The execution of the Inca Tupac-Amaru, by Baltasar de Ocampo, translated and ed. by Clements Markham, with a supplement 2010 Page 124 "Tupac means royal, and amaru a serpent"
  3. ^ René Jara, Nicholas Spadaccini Amerindian Images and the Legacy of Columbus 1992 Page 71 "While tupac means "the real thing" and has the connotation of eminence, amaru means "ophid," "serpent," an animal that in the Andean world is connected to the subterranean."
  4. ^ David S. Kidder, Noah D. Oppenheim The Intellectual Devotional Biographies: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class 2010 Page 167 "The word túpac means, roughly, “noble” in Quechua, the language of the Inca Empire."
  5. ^ Works issued by the Hakluyt Society Hakluyt Society 1907 Page 124 "Tupac means royal, and amaru a serpent. Apu a chief, paucar beautiful and usnu a judgment seat. While Inca Yupanqui proceeded with these measures,.."
  6. ^ William Sullivan The Secret of the Incas: Myth, Astronomy, and the War Against Time 1997 Page 127 "Tupac means "the one who mills," a title as inseparable from the criteria for "rulership" as is capac, "the one who measures." These, then, were the individual pieces of the puzzle. "