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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 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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