Meaning and Origin of: Viswanathan

Family name origins & meanings

  • Indian (Kerala, Tamil Nadu) : Hindu name from Sanskritvišvanātha ‘lord of the universe’ (from višva‘universe’ + nātha ‘lord’, an epithet of the god Shiva), + the Tamil-Malayalam third-person masculine singular suffix -n. This is only a given name in India, but has come to be used as a family name in the U.S.