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Das (translation: "devotee of God") is a common last name in South Asia, among adherents of Hinduism and Sikhism, as well as those who converted to Islam or Christianity. It is a derived from the Sanskrit word Dasa (Sanskrit: दास) meaning servant, devotee, or votary. "Das" may be inferred to be one who has surrendered to God. The surname is often used by those in the Vaishnav community.
Das is a common surname among Bengali Kayastha apart from other Bengali communities.
More broadly, in Bengal, Bihar, and Jharkhand, the surname "Das" is also used by the Mahishya, Dhobi, and Patni communities.
In Assam, the Kaibarta, the Patni, the Koch-Rajbanshi, and other scheduled caste communities also use Das as their surname.
In Odisha, the Das surname is used by the Gopal and Karan castes, while 'Dash' is used by the Brahmins.
In the Punjab, they generally belong to the Brahmin caste.
In Karnataka, the Das surname is used by a section of Vokkaligas who profess Vaishnavism called Das Vokkaligas.