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Sharma is in India and Nepal a surname or given name among Brahmins.[1]

An alternative English spelling of the name used in the city of Varanasi and the Indian states of Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala is "Sarma". Some Assamese people also use Sarmah.[2]

According to Dictionary of American Family Names,[1] the name Sharma is listed as "Indian: Hindu (Brahman) name from Sanskrit šarma ‘joy’, ‘shelter’."

According to Indian sociologist, S. Devadas Pillai,[3] "The suffix Sharma indicates that the chanter is a Brahman..."

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  1. ^ a b Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
  2. ^ Assamese Surnames. (2003-04-04). Retrieved on 2011-10-20.
  3. ^ S. Devadas Pillai (1 January 1997). Indian sociology through Ghurye, a dictionary. Popular Prakashan. pp. 342–. ISBN 978-81-7154-807-1. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 

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