Tamas (Sanskrit: तामस) is an ancient word which means dark or dark colored. Tamas also means owl, snake, malignant or darkness.
Reference of Tamas is found in Bhagvat-Gita (भगवद्-गीता) and Manu Smirit where it means to be affected by the quality or appertaining to. Other meanings of Tamas as described in these Epics are ignorant and various.
Reference of this name is also found in Bhagvat-Puran where it signifies something or someone that is relating to Manu Tamas.
Epic Harivansh mentions the name Tamas as the name of a demon that was causing serious diseases.
Lexicographers like Halayudh and Hemchandra have used Tamas with the meanings as snake, owl, a malignant person and darkness.
According to the graph Tamas is not a very popular name in USA. Tamas is used by mere 5 - 10 people per year from 1962 as the name of their children. Tamas is not a very famous name in India either where it is used by less than 30 people as the name of their children. An English name Thamas, which is similar to Tamas is used by several people in India and USA.
Tamas is short and easy to pronounce name, that is why it is getting used in the USA. But it has negative meaning in Hindu Mythology.
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