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Srivastava is a common surname in Northern India, notably among Kayasthas.[1] However, recent times have also seen this surname used in other communities. Spelling variations include Shreevastava, Shrivastav, Shrivastava, Shrivastva, Srivastav, Srivastva, Srivastava, Sriwastaw and Srivastwa.

According to one explanation, the name "Shrivastava" originates from "Shrivastu", the former name of the Swat River, said to be the place of origin of this clan.[2]

Notable people with this name[edit]

Notable people named Srivastava (or its variations) include:

Notable Srivastavas who changed their name

The following or their ancestors were born Srivastava but changed their surname to their title:


  1. ^ Lucy Carroll (1977). "Caste, Community and Caste(s) Association: A Note on the Organization of the Kayastha Conference and the Definition of a Kayastha Community". Contributions to Asian studies, Volume 10. Brill Archive. p. 3. ISBN 978-90-04-04926-0. 
  2. ^ S. S. Shashi, ed. (1996). Encyclopaedia Indica: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh: Volume 100. Anmol. p. 117. ISBN 978-81-7041-859-7.