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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Acharya

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  • A submission from Nepal says the name Acharya means "God like teacher, philosopher" and is of Sanskrit origin.
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From Sanskrit आचार्य (ācārya, “one who is learned in conduct”), from आचार (ācāra, “rules, conduct”).

  1. A spiritual teacher, guru.
  2. An influential mentor.

acharya was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Acharya

Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray was a scientist. Acharya was given the name Prafulla Chandra Ray on August 2nd, 1861 in Raruli, Khulna, Bengal Presidency British Raj. They died on June 16th, 1944.


Acharya Ramchandra Shukla was a writer, essayist, scholar, historian, novelist, and critic. Acharya was born on October 4th, 1882 in Agona village, Basti, U.P. He died on February 2nd, 1941.


Acharya Dev Vrat is a Governor and Himachal Pradesh. Acharya was born on January 18th, 1959 in Samalkha.


Acharya was born on January 4th, 1965 in Sambhal.


Acharya Chatursen Shastri was a writer. Acharya was born on August 26th, 1891. He left this life on February 2nd, 1960.


Acharya Ramlochan Saran was a writer. He was most active from 19 to 19. Acharya was born on February 11th, 1889 in Sitamarhi Bihar, India. He passed away on May 14th, 1971.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Acharya

Ganesh Acharya is a choreographer, film director, and actor.


Sandeep Acharya was a musician. Sandeep was born on February 4th, 1984 in Bikaner. He passed away on December 15th, 2013.


Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya is a Governors of Nagaland and List of governors of Nagaland. Padmanabha was born on October 8th, 1931 in Udupi.


Bhanubhakta Acharya is a poetry. Bhanubhakta was born in Chundi Ramgha, Tanahu District, Nepal.


His military service ended in 5. Padmapani was born in Bulandshahr district. He left this life in 1999.


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Popularity of Acharya as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Acharya U.S.
  White 1.59% 64.26%
  African American 0.31% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 94.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.19% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.35% 16.26%

Of Last Name Acharya

People with the last name Acharya are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Acharya

  • How Popular is the name Acharya? As a last name Acharya was the 12,101st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Acharya first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Acharya is Thursday, September 21st, 1961.
  • How unique is the name Acharya? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Acharya. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Acharya: Your name in reverse order is Ayrahca. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aarcahy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Acharya? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,575 people with the last name Acharya.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Acharya? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Acharya as their last name since less than 1 person in 115k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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