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Deshpande (Marathi: देशपांडे)(Kannada: ದೇಶಪಾಂಡೆ)(Hindi: देशपांडे) is one of the most famous Brahmin surnames in the state of Maharashtra, North Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. Deshpande was the revenue post created by the King Krishnadevraya of Devgiri (Daulatabad). One Deshpande used to be appointed superior to about 10 Pandes. More than 96% of Deshpandes belong to the Deshastha Brahmin community.[citation needed] Some Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB), Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu (CKP), Smarth Brahmin families also have this surname.


Deshpande derives from the Marathi title dešpande,.[1][2] Dešpande was formerly a hereditary office,[3] and is ultimately derived from the Sanskrit terms deśa ("country", or "district") and pandita ("learned man"). Deshpande is also said to mean "tax collector" from the historic caste system.

Prominent Deshpandes[edit]


  1. ^ [1] People of India: Maharashtra, Volume 3 By Kumar Suresh Singh, B. V. Bhanu, Anthropological Survey of India
  2. ^ [2] Gandhi's Tiger and Sita's smile: essays on gender, sexuality, and culture By Ruth Vanita
  3. ^ Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency ...: Volume 20, 1884