||Re: Origins of a few surnames
||Jim Young (guest, 184.108.40.206)
||August 28, 2009 at 5:55:10 AM
||Re: Origins of a few surnames by Marc
Yes, Ramachandran is the same as Ramachandra, etc. This particular spelling is doubtless South Indian. The North Indian form would usually be Ramchand, though there are variants. A forename and a surname, as you indicate. Apparently the meaning is "moonlike (God) Rama", and a male given name, so presumably a patronymic.
Yasir, Yaser, Yasser are the same. The name is said to mean "easy". In the case of the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, it was a nickname.
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