Gowda (also known as Gauda or Gouda) is a surname used predominantly by Vokkaliga caste in Karnataka, India. Gowda was originally a honorific used by the administrative head of a village. Typically, such a head owns land and holds political and social power in the village.
The following is a list of notable people with last name Gowda
- D. B. Chandre Gowda - former Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly
- D. V. Sadananda Gowda - former Chief minister of Karnataka, Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation
- H. D. Deve Gowda - former Prime minister of India, former Chief minister of Karnataka
- H. D. Kumaraswamy - former Chief minister or Karnataka
- Javare Gowda - Kannada author and winner of the Padma Shri and the Karnataka Ratna and Nadoja awards
- Kempe Gowda I - founder of the Bangalore city
- Kavya shivashankar - American spell bee champion ( 2009)
- Vanya shivashankar - American spell bee champion( 2015)
- Krishna Byre Gowda - current Minister of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka
- Dase Gowda -Engineer, Bengaluru.
- Shantaveri Gopala Gowda - Socialist leader and politician
- Narayana Gowda - President of the pro- organization based in Karnataka
- S. M. Krishna - former Chief minister of Karnataka
- D. K. Shivakumar - Minister for Energy
- Kuvempu - Poet, Playwright, Novelist, Critic, Thinker, Professor, Vice Chancellor
- Balagangadharanatha Swamiji - Religious leader
- Yash (actor) - Actor
- Ambareesh - Actor
- Shardul - Math prodigy
- Ganesh Gouda Kadwad -Kannada drama director .
- "Gowda Surname, page no. 80 - TENANTS MOVEMENTS IN UTTARA KANNADA DISTRICT AND THE KAG0DU SATYAGRAHA: THEIR IMPACT ON TENANCY RELATIONS AND LAND LEGISLATIONS IN KARNATAKA" (PDF). Shodganga. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
- George Matthew. "Shift in Indian Politics: 1983 Elections in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka". Concept Publishing Company. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- K. T. Margaret, ed. (1999). The Open Classroom: A Journey Through Education. Orient Blackswan. p. 131. ISBN 978-81-250-1669-4.
- Kumar Suresh Singh; Anthropological Survey of India (2002). People of India. Anthropological Survey of India. p. 408. ISBN 978-81-85938-99-8.