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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Prakash

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  • According to a user from India, the name Prakash is of Hindi origin and means "Light".
  • According to a user from India, the name Prakash is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Shine".
  • A submission from India says the name Prakash means "Light" and is of Hindi origin.
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means , just as in Latin does. The word is from the Indo-European Sanskrit language, .

  1. A male given name. It is a common name mostly among Hindus, with some usage among Jains, Sikhs and recently Indic Christians. The name is encountered in variant forms in the Indian Union, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and other countries where Indic races (i.e., people of East Indian origin) live.

Notable Persons Named Prakash

Prakash Raj is a film actor, producer, film director, and television presenter. He has had major accomplishments since 1986. Prakash was given the name Prakash Rai on March 26th, 1965 in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. Prakash is also known as Prakash Raj.


Prakash Jha is a film producer, film director, screenwriter, producer, and director. He was most active from 1976 to present. Prakash was born on February 27th, 1952 in West Champaran district.


Prakash Padukone is a badminton player.


Prakash Javadekar is a Union Minister for Environment, Forests, Climate Change, Minister of State for Parliamentry Affairs, Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Ministry of Environment, Forests (India), Ministry of Information, Broadcasting (India), and Minister of Parliamen. Prakash was born on January 30th, 1951 in Pune.


Prakash Belawadi is an actor, filmmaker, activist, and journalist. Prakash was born in Bangalore, Mysore State , India.


Prakash was born on January 24th, 1927.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Prakash

Vijay Prakash is a singer and voice-over artist. He has been prominent since 1997. Vijay was born on February 21st, 1976 in Mysore, Karnataka, India.


Om Prakash was an actor. He was most active from 1942 to 1990. Om was given the name Om Prakash Chibber on December 19th, 1919 in Lahore. He passed away on February 21st, 1998.


Amrita Prakash is an actor and model. Amrita was born in Jaipur.


Prakash was born on January 24th, 1927.


V. K. Prakash is a filmmaking and filmmaker. He was most prominent from 2000 to present. V. was born on May 12th, 1960. V. is also known as VKP.


Chinni Prakash is a choreography, film director, actor, art director, screenwriter, choreographer, and script-writer. Chinni is also known as Chinni and Chinni Prakash.


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Popularity of Prakash as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Prakash U.S.
  White 3.93% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 86.45% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 8.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.80% 16.26%

Of Last Name Prakash

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

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Fun Facts about the name Prakash

  • How Popular is the name Prakash? Prakash is the 45,330th most popular name of all time. As a last name Prakash was the 12,447th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Prakash have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 57 babies born with the first name Prakash in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Prakash? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1972 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Prakash first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Prakash is Sunday, March 9th, 1902.
  • What year had the most people named Prakash born? The highest recorded use of the first name Prakash was in 1995 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Prakash: Your name in reverse order is Hsakarp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Psakrah. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Prakash? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,494 people with the last name Prakash.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Prakash? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Prakash as their last name since less than 1 person in 118k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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