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Dikshit (//; also spelled as Dixit or Dikshitar; Hindi: दीक्षित), is a Hindu family name. The word is an adjective form of the Sanskrit word diksha, meaning provider of knowledge. Dikshita in Sanskrit derives itself as a person involved in scientific studies, and literally translates as "one who has received initiation or one who is initiated". The surname is usually associated with Hindu Brahmin but there are small examples of Kayasth Prabhu in Maharashtra and Rajputs in Rajasthan with this Surname. People with this surname also have their roots in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Bengal.
Historically, Dixit name has been usually associated with professions related to knowledge, used among teachers and scholars.
- Avinash Dixit, Indian-American economist originally of Indian nationality
- Jyotindra Nath Dixit Former National Security Advisor of India
- Kamal Mani Dixit, Nepali writer
- Kanak Mani Dixit, Nepali publisher, editor and writer
- Madan Mani Dixit, Nepali writer
- Madhuri Dixit, Indian Bollywood actress
- Raghu Dixit, Indian singer-songwriter, producer, and film score composer who is the frontman for the Raghu Dixit Project, a multilingual folk music band.
- Rajiv Dixit, Indian social activist
- Appayya Dikshita (1520–1593), performer of yajñas, a practitioner of the Advaita Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy with a focus on Shiva or Siva Advaita
- Govinda Dikshitar, minister of three successive Nayaks of Thanjavur, who ruled the region of Thanjavur in South India between the 16th and 17th centuries CE
- Muthuswami Dikshitar one of the Carnatic Music Trinity.
- Subbarama Dikshitar (1839–1906), Carnatic music composer
- V. R. Ramachandra Dikshitar (1896–1953), historian, Indologist and Dravidologist
- Sandeep Dikshit, an INC member of Lok Sabha from East Delhi
- Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi
- Uma Shankar Dikshit, Indian politician
- "Dixit Family History". Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press. Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press. 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
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