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Gupta (; Devanagari: गुप्ता) is a common surname of Indian origin.

According to some academics, the name Gupta is derived from Sanskrit goptri, meaning 'protector' or 'governor'.[1] According to prominent historian R. C. Majumdar, the surname Gupta was adopted by several different communities in northern and eastern India at different times.[2]


  • Communities 1
  • List of people with the name Gupta 2
    • Monarchs 2.1
    • Academics 2.2
    • In business and management 2.3
    • In entertainment 2.4
    • In journalism 2.5
    • In literature 2.6
    • In politics 2.7
    • In sports 2.8
  • See also 3
  • References 4


Unlike other Indian surnames, the surname Gupta has been adopted by various different communities across India irrespective of their caste.

In northern India, the surname Gupta is used mainly by the Vaishya communities, particularly those belonging to Rauniyar, Agarwal, Mahur, Tailik(Teli), Barnwal, Kanu, Khandelwal, Jaishwal, Mahajan, Mahawar, Maheshwari, Patwa, Kasuadhan, Lashkari and Mathur Vaishya sub castes.[3]

Additionally, the surname Gupta is adopted by some other communities in other parts of the Indian subcontinent:

  • The Guptas from the West Bengal belong to the Vaidya/Baidya (physician) community, and are related to the Sengupta and Dasgupta communities of Bengal who are also Vaidyas.
  • Tailik Vaish (Teli) also use the Gupta surname.[4]
  • Gomathis and Chettys (Andhra Pradesh) also use Guptha added along with a surname
  • Like Gomathis, who are of Dravidian descent, Kayasthas also use the title Guptha.

List of people with the name Gupta



In business and management

In entertainment

In journalism

In literature

In politics

In sports

See also


  1. ^ GUPTA - Surname Meaning | Origin for the Surname Gupta Genealogy. (2013-07-14). Retrieved on 2013-07-18.
  2. ^ Majumdar, Ramesh Chandra; Anant Sadashiv Altekar (1986). Vakataka Gupta Age: circa 200–550 A.D. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. p. 126.  
  3. ^ Sharma, Tej Ram (1978). Personal and Geographical Names in the Gupta. Concept Publishing Company. 
  4. ^ Teli use surname Gupta
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