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Meaning and Origin of: Ganesh

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hindi : A Hindi god

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Indian (southern states) : Hindu name from Sanskrit gạnẹsa ‘lord of the army’ (from gạna ‘army’ + īša), an epithet of the elephant-headed god who is the son of Shiva. Among Tamil and Malayalam speakers who have migrated from their home states it is a variant of Ganesan. It is found only as a male given name in India, but used as a family name in the U.S. among South Indians.