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Sharma is a common surname among Brahmins in India and Nepal. The Sanskrit stem śarman- (nom. śarmā) can mean 'joy', 'comfort', 'happiness'.[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 Indian sociologist, S. Devadas Pillai "The suffix Sharma indicates that the chanter is a Brahman..."[3]

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  1. ^ Monier-Williams, Monier (1899), A Sanskrit-English dictionary : etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, ISBN 978-0-19-864308-1 
  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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