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Srivastava (श्रीवास्तव; Hindi pronunciation: [ʃɾiːʋaːstəʋ]; Śrīvāstava), also spelled Shrivastava or Shrivastav, is a common surname found amongst Hindus from the Hindi Belt of India and Terai region of Nepal.[1][2]

Srivastavas are one of the twelve sub-clans of the Kāyastha caste that were traditionally involved in record-keeping and administration.[2] They are ethnically Indo-Aryan people.


The title Śrīvāstava is the shortened form of Śrīvāstavya[3][4] and thus derived directly from the Sanskrit root word vás (वास्) "to dwell" by adding the primary suffix tavyat which denotes an agent and causes the lengthening of the radical vowel; hence vāstavya means "a resident, inhabitant". [5]

According to one explanation, the name "Srivastava" originates from "Srivastu/Suvastu", the former name of the Swat River, said to be the place of origin of this clan.[6][7][8]

Notable people with this name[edit]

Notable people named Srivastava (or its variations) include:

Notable Srivastavas who changed their name


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  2. ^ a b Kaminsky, Arnold P.; Long, Roger D. (2011-09-30). India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313374623.
  3. ^ Bose, Mainak Kumar (1988). Late classical India. A. Mukherjee & Co.
  4. ^ Cunningham, Sir Alexander (1873). Report for the Year 1871-72. Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing.
  5. ^ Bhāratīya Vidyā. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. 1987.
  6. ^ "Swat Valley". Pakistan Paedia. 28 February 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  7. ^ S. S. Shashi, ed. (1996). Encyclopaedia Indica: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh: Volume 100. Anmol. p. 117. ISBN 978-81-7041-859-7.
  8. ^ Bhardwaj, Kritika; Sharma, Dr Ashok K. Malala: The Crusader of Fearless Freedom. Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd. ISBN 9788128828010.