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Das (translation: servant[1]) is a common last name in South Asia, among adherents of Hinduism and Sikhism, as well as those who converted to Islam or Christianity. It is a derived from the Sanskrit word Dasa (Sanskrit: दास) meaning servant, "devotee," or "votary". "Das" may be inferred to be one who has surrendered to God.[2]

In Bengal and Bihar regions, they belong primarily to the Maulika Kayastha caste. The surname Das is also used by the Mahishya community of Bengal.[3][4] The surname Das or Dass may also be found among Bengali Vaidyas and Oriya Brahmins. Bengali Vaidyas may also have surnames such as Das-Gupta/Das-Sharma. In the Punjab region of India and Pakistan,[5] they generally belong to the Brahmin caste.[6][better source needed]

Das is also a Dutch last name. Das means badger in Dutch (from Proto-Indo-European language *teks-) and is found amongst the Dutch of the Netherlands.[7]

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Geographical distribution

As of 2014, 87.1% of all known bearers of the surname Das were residents of India and 10.7% were residents of Bangladesh. Pakistan had an incidence of 23,887 and Nepal had an incidence of 37,214.[8]

In India, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average in the following states and union territories:[8]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b das (2006). Essays And Lectures On The Religions Of The Hindus: Religious Sects of the Hindus V1. p. 353. ISBN 1-4286-1308-0.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Census of India (Volume 5, Issue 1 ed.). India: Government of India. 1911. p. 498.
  4. ^ Roy, Dayabati (19 December 2013). Rural Politics in India: Political Stratification and Governance in West Bengal. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. p. 67. ISBN 1-107-04235-6.
  5. ^ "Sikh surnames". Science groupsrv. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  6. ^ "Bhai Mati Das". Sikh Heritage. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  7. ^ "Dutch Surnames". Sara L. Uckelman. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  8. ^ a b Das Surname Distribution
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