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This article is about the family name. For other uses, see Joshi (disambiguation).

Joshi is a surname of Brahmins in India and Nepal. The name is popularly derived from the Sanskrit word Jyotsyar or Jyotishi. Joshi is a common family name in the Indian states of Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, Konkan,& Goa. In Nepal, it is adopted by two different Ethnic Groups, the Kumai (Kumauni) Bahun & the Newa people.[1]

In the Marathi populated Deccan(Chittpawan Brahmans), the last name Joshi is pronounced as ज़ोशी (dental J, closer to Z) as opposed to जोशी in rest of India and Nepal. In old Konkani language, it is joyshi, but now commonly Joshi.

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  1. ^ Office of the Registrar General [India] (1968). Census of India, 1961. 8, Part 6, Issue 10. Manager of Publications. p. 33.