Joshi (Devanagari: जोशी) is a surname used by the Brahmins (caste) in India and Nepal. Joshi is also sometimes spelled as Jyoshi. The name is popularly derived from the Sanskrit word Jyotisha (Sanskrit: ज्योतिष, IAST: Jyotiṣa), referring to Vedic Astrology and astronomy; in turn, Jyotisha is derived from Jyotish ("light bringer or reflect light like sun").[1][2] Joshi is a common family name in Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Goa and Uttar Pradesh in India[3] and Nepal. In Nepal, the surname Joshi is used by Newar Srēṣṭhas.

Joshi
जोशी
Language(s)Hindi,Marwari,Marathi, Kumaoni, language
Origin
Language(s)Sanskrit
Word/nameSouth Asia
DerivationJyotisa
MeaningAstrologer
Other names
Variant form(s)Josi, Jyoshi, Joshee
See alsoBhatt, Pathak, Pandey, Tripathi, Upreti, Tiwari

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  1. ^ Monier Monier-Williams (1923). A Sanskrit–English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. p. 353.
  2. ^ James Lochtefeld (2002), "Jyotisha" in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Vol. 1: A–M, Rosen Publishing, ISBN 0-8239-2287-1, pages 326–327
  3. ^ Office of the Registrar General [India] (1968). Census of India, 1961. 8, Part 6, Issue 10. Manager of Publications. p. 33.