Varma (surname)

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Varmā, Verma, Varman, Barman or Burman (Tamil: வர்மா, Sanskrit: वर्मा Varmā, वर्मन् Varman) are surnames found in India and South-East Asia.

Varma is also a Finnish name, with the etymology "confident" or "firm". It has been used both as a male and a female name, introduced in the early 20th century names with literal meanings in Finnish.

Indian traditional usage[edit]

The Sanskrit word (Sanskrit: वर्मा Varmā, वर्मन् Varman) Varmaa is masculine form of the word Varman, meaning "Shield, defensive armour".

The word Varman derives from Varamban as in the Chera king title Vana-varamban, meaning one whose kingdom is bounded by the sky. Its usage can be traced back to the Sangam period.[1]

The title was used historically by Kshatriyas, although Brahmins in parts of Odisha also used it.[2]

In Kerala, Varma was the surname used by members of the Travancore Royal Family and Cochin Royal Family and other royal families.

Finnish usage[edit]

The word varma means "certain", "sure", "confident". The name is of relatively recent origin, and belongs to the class of names introduced in the early 20th century names with literal meanings in Finnish. Its first official appearance was in the 1909 St. Petersburg Finnish calendar.[3] As of 2009, it has been given to 180 boys and 680 girls. Although officially it is considered a female name,[3] it has been given to a few boys even in the 2000s. Nevertheless, most Varmas have been born in the early 20th century. Varma's name day is 23 August.[3]

Persons with the name[edit]

Notable people with surname "Varma" or its variants include:

Dev Burman[edit]



  • Varman dynasty (4–7 c.), a dynasty of Kamarupa, including a list of rulers
  • Suryavarman II, Great King of the Khmer Empire and builder of Angkor Wat



  1. ^ P. C., Alexander (1949). Buddhism in Kerala. Annamalai University. pp. 52–53. 
  2. ^ Sah, Ayodhya Prasad (1976). Life in mediæval Orissa, cir. A.D. 600-1200. Chaukhambha Orientalia. p. 123. 
  3. ^ a b c Vilkuna, Kustaa; Huitu, Marketta; Mikkonen, Pirjo. Etunimet. Published in Joka kodin suuri nimikirja, Suuri Suomalainen Kirjakerho, Otava, Keuruu 1990. ISBN 951-643-476-2