Sharma (Hindi शर्मा, Urdu شرمہ, Assamese: শর্মা) is a surname used in the Indian subcontinent mostly in Northern India as a surname or given name among Brahmins. As a noun in Sanskrit, Sharma has various positive connotations, such as "bliss", "happiness", "shelter", "laid back" and "protection."

The name does not necessarily denote a unique paternal lineage but it is not uncommon to find it used as a middle name in some areas of North India. In South and South-central India, it constitutes a first name or given name. For instance, Janamanchi Seshadri Sarma's surname is Janamanchi and Sharma is part of the given name of Mayurasharma.

The name Sharma is written as शर्मा in Hindi. An alternative version of the name used in the city of Varanasi and the Indian states of Assam and Andhra Pradesh is Sarma. Some Assamese people also use Sarmah. and Sarma

According to Dictionary of American Family Names, the name Sharma is listed as "Indian: Hindu (Brahman) name from Sanskrit šarma ‘joy’, ‘shelter’." Other theories suggest that origin of the name Sharma lies in the ancient Sanskrit word "Sharman" which means teacher or master.

According to Indian sociologist, S. Devadas Pillai, "The suffix Sharma indicates that the chanter is a Brahman..." e.g. Surabhi Sharma, Somya Sharma, et al.

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