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The Mathur Chaturvedi Brahmins, or sometimes just Chaturvedi are an endogamous Brahmin community found mainly in western Uttar Pradesh. A Brahmin family name indicating that the title bearer's forefathers were proficient in all of the four Vedas (including the Vedic branch one is born into). This was considered a significant achievement and an elevated social status.


A theory suggests that Indian surnames were traditionally derived or closely linked to professions at that time.The surnames Dwivedi, Trivedi and Chaturvedi are open to different interpretations. One interpretation: 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" was called Trivedi. Another interpretation: Dwivedi (dwi = two (also second), vedi = one who has learned the Vedas), is an Indian Brahmin surname, indicating that the holder's forbears were proficient in the second out of the four Vedas (including the vedic branch one is born into). Another commonly used surname, Dubey is also used for...
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