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Gupta (/ˈɡptə/; Devanagari: गुप्त) is a common surname of Indian origin.

According to some academics, the name Gupta is derived from Goptri, meaning 'protector' or 'governor'.[1] According to historian R. C. Majumdar, the surname Gupta was adopted by several different communities in northern and eastern India at different times.[2] In modern north India, the surname Gupta is used mainly by the Vaishya Baniya communities, particularly those belonging to Varshney, Rauniyar, Agarwal (or gahoi), Mahur, Barnwal, Khandelwal, Jaiswal, Arya Vaishya, Mahajan, Mahawar, Maheshwari, Patwa, Kasuadhan, Sanmani, Lashkari and Mathur Vaishya sub-castes.[3] In eastern India, the Gupta surname is used by the Baidya community of West Bengal and is often double-barrelled with other surnames like Sengupta, Dasgupta and Duttagupta.[citation needed]

Geographical distribution[edit]

As of 2014, 89.6% of all known bearers of the surname Gupta were residents of India. 3.0% were residents of Nepal and 2.2% residents of Bangladesh. In India, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average in the following states and union territories:[4]




In business and management[edit]

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In judiciary[edit]

  • Deepak Gupta, a judge of the Supreme Court of India and former Chief Justice of the Tripura and the Chhattisgarh High Courts
  • Rajiv Gupta, former Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Kerala High Courts

In journalism[edit]

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In politics[edit]

In sports[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ GUPTA - Surname Meaning | Origin for the Surname Gupta Genealogy. (2013-07-14). Retrieved on 2013-07-18.
  2. ^ Majumdar, Ramesh Chandra; Anant Sadashiv Altekar (1986). Vakataka Gupta Age: circa 200–550 A.D. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. p. 126. ISBN 81-208-0026-5. 
  3. ^ Sharma, Tej Ram (1978). Personal and Geographical Names in the Gupta. Concept Publishing Company. 
  4. ^ Gupta Surname Distribution