Type Surname (from nickname)
Scripts शेर्पा(Nepali) ཤར་པ།(Tibetan) শেরপা(Bengali)
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Meaning & History
From the name of the Sherpa people, a Tibetic ethnic group inhabiting Nepal, China, Bhutan, and the Himalayas. The name itself is derived from Sherpa ཤར (shar) meaning "east" and wa "people" (thus, "people of the east" or "eastern people"), a reference to their origin in northeastern Nepal. It is mostly used as a surname by ethnic Sherpas in Nepal.