Are the surnames – Dwivedi, Trivedi & Chaturvedi – related?

TL;DR Version: No. Dwivedi, Trivedi & Chaturvedi are surnames with similar meanings but they aren't related or interchangeable.

Names and nomenclatures are important, interesting and fun. It’s why we make it a point to put a lot of thought into the ideas for the products that showcase them. Happily, all this hard work has helped us become India’s most accomplished maker of name plates and, in the process, introduced us to hundreds of names, nicknames, family names, and stories connected to tens of thousands of names. Many of these stories are rather intriguing and we think worth sharing with you; something we are going to do in a series of blog posts centred around answers to quirky questions like ‘Are Dwivedis, Trivedis, and Chaturvedis related?’ or ‘Why do most Sindhi surnames ends with –ani?’ or ‘Why do some surnames have two capital letters?’, and more. And on that note, let’s get right into the history of name-calling.

TL;DR

No. Dwivedi, Trivedi & Chaturvedi are surnames with similar meanings but they aren’t related or interchangeable.

Etymology

  • Samvedi = a person who has the knowledge of one Veda. Sam meaning one or singular.
  • Dwivedi = a person who has the knowledge of two Vedas. Dwi meaning “two” and vedi referring to the Hindu scripture Vedas.
  • Trivedi = a person who has the knowledge of three Vedas. Tri meaning three.
  • Chaturvedi = a personal who has the knowledge of all four Vedas. Chatur meaning four.

Alternative interpretations:

  • Dwivedi: DAIV + VEDI; Daiv: Spiritual, related to the GOD; Vedi: One who knows about. Thus DWIVEDI means a person who knows about GOD.
  • Similarly: Trivedi never means one who has learnt three Vedas. According to Hinduism, a Brahmin must read all the four Vedas. Tri: All the three; Vedi: Who knows; Thus Trivedi means one who knows about all the three (Past, Present & Future). In that time a “Jyotishi” (astrologer) was called Trivedi.

Interchangeability

  • Dwivedi / Dubay / Dubey / Dube / Dobé – They have the same meaning and some families may choose to change between these surnames.
  • Chaturvedi / Chaube / Chaubey / Choube / Choubey – They have the same meaning and some families may choose to change between these surnames.

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Nimish Adani

I am the founder & CEO of Engrave. I started off in 2011 with a workshop that engraved photos for customers on to wooden plaques. Soon, we were making plaques, nameplates, canvas prints, decals and dozens of other products for thousands of customers. To help us make these items, we engaged a group of dedicated craftsmen. By 2015, 3 of our dedicated craftsmen had built their own workshops, employing between 6-10 people. By showcasing their skills on a digital platform, these craftsmen had turned into successful entrepreneurs. This success motivated me to transform Engrave in to a platform which could help thousands of Indian artisans and craftspersons - and this lead to the launch of the maker's market in 2015.

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