Gautam (clan)

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The Gautam is an ancient clan found primarily in north region of Indian subcontinent.[1][2] Gautam Rajputs,[3] who claim descent from the mythical Ishvaku dynasty.

They are primarily found in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, along with Rajasthan and Gujarat.[4][5]

The clan name Gautam means "descendant of Gautam or one who has most light", "Gautama" meaning "one who has the most light,"[6] and comes from the fact that Kshatriya clans adopted the gotra of their house priests.[7][need quotation to verify]


  1. ^ Sharma, Anurag (12 November 2022). BRAHMINS WHO REFUSED TO BEG: BRIEF HISTORY OF BHUMIHARS, "AYACHAK" BRAHMINS OF EAST INDIA). Notion Press. pp. Gautam Gotri brahmin named Khattu Mishra who was vested with some divine prowess. He settled in Benares. He. ISBN 979-8-88833-371-6.
  2. ^ Growse, F. (16 November 2023). Mathura: A District Memoir. BoD – Books on Demand. ISBN 978-3-368-84209-3.
  3. ^ Ansari, Saiyad Hasan (1986). Evolution and Spatial Organization of Clan Settlements: A Case Study of Middle Ganga Valley. Concept Publishing Company.
  4. ^ Singh, Ram Bali (1975). Rajput Clan-settlements in Varanasi District. National Geographical Society of India. p. 61.
  5. ^ Singh, Ram Bali (1977). Clan Settlements in the Saran Plain (Middle Ganga Valley): A Study in Cultural Geography. National Geographical Society of India, Banaras Hindu University. p. 145.
  6. ^ Bopearachchi, Osmund (1 January 2021). "GREEK HELIOS OR INDIAN SŪRYA? THE SPREAD OF THE SUN GOD IMAGERY FROM INDIA TO GANDHĀRA". Connecting the Ancient West and East. Studies Presented to Prof. Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, Edited by J. Boardman, J. Hargrave, A. Avram and A. Podossinov, Monographs in Antiquity: 946. Archived from the original on 13 September 2022. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  7. ^ Witzel, Michael (2012). "Ṛṣis". Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online. Brill.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ansari, S. Hasan; Saleem, Mohd. (1980). "Spatial Diffusion of Gautam Rajput Clan Settlements in Ghazipur District". Man in India. 60 (3): 278–281.