Srinivasan last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Srinivasan is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Srinivasan.

Meaning of Srinivasan

A South Indian surname meaning "descendant of Srinivasa," a name of the Hindu god Vishnu.

Srinivasan, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Srinivasan surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Srinivasan in America

Srinivasan is the 7691st most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Srinivasan surname appeared 4,317 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 people would have the surname Srinivasan.

We can also compare 2010 data for Srinivasan to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 7691 12112 -44.65%
Count 4,317 2,361 58.58%
Proportion per 100k 1.46 0.88 49.57%

The history of the last name Srinivasan

The surname Srinivasan has its origins in India, and it can be traced back to the Tamil language spoken in the southern part of the country. The name is derived from the combination of two words: "Sri" and "Nivasan," where "Sri" is an honorific title, and "Nivasan" means "dwelling place" or "residence."

The name is believed to have emerged during the medieval period, possibly as early as the 6th century CE, when the Tamil culture and language flourished in the region. It is closely associated with the Vaishnavite tradition within Hinduism, as the name often refers to the abode or dwelling place of Lord Vishnu or his incarnations.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name Srinivasan can be found in ancient Tamil literary works, such as the Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a collection of devotional poems composed by the Alvar saints between the 6th and 9th centuries CE. These poems frequently mention the name in reference to the Lord's dwelling places and temples.

In the 12th century, a renowned Tamil philosopher and scholar named Srinivasa Tatacharya (1135-1230 CE) was known for his contributions to the Vishishtadvaita philosophy. He is often referred to as Srinivasa, which is a variant of the name Srinivasan.

Another notable figure with this surname was Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), a self-taught Indian mathematician who made significant contributions to the field of mathematics. His work on infinite series and continued fractions has had a profound impact on modern mathematics.

The name Srinivasan has also been associated with various places and temples in Tamil Nadu, such as the Srirangam Temple, one of the most important Vaishnavite shrines dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The town of Srirangam, where the temple is located, has historically been a center of Tamil culture and Vaishnavite tradition.

Other notable individuals with the surname Srinivasan include:

  1. C. V. Srinivasan (1904-1970), an Indian civil servant and diplomat who served as the Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement.
  2. M. S. Srinivasan (1911-1986), an Indian mathematician and statistician known for his contributions to the field of statistical inference.
  3. T. N. Srinivasan (born 1933), an Indian-American economist and professor at Yale University, known for his work in development economics and international trade.
  4. M. S. Srinivasan (born 1945), an Indian engineer and former Director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  5. M. G. Srinivasan (born 1950), an Indian businessman and the former Chairman of The Hindu Group of publications.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Srinivasan

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Srinivasan.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Srinivasan was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 1.81% 78
Non-Hispanic Black Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 95.78% 4,135
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.76% 76
Hispanic Origin 0.51% 22

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Srinivasan has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 1.81% 2.71% -39.82%
Black (S)% 0.38% (S)%
Asian and Pacific Islander 95.78% 92.80% 3.16%
American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% 0.21% (S)%
Two or More Races 1.76% 3.35% -62.23%
Hispanic 0.51% 0.55% -7.55%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Srinivasan was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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