Tamil Submitted Surnames

Tamil names are used in southern India and Sri Lanka. See also about Indian names.
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BAIIndian, Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Odia, Malayalam
Perhaps derived from Hindi बाई (bāī) meaning "lady".
CAVARAIIndian, Tamil
Variant transcription of Kavarai.
CHANDRANIndian, Malayalam, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) meaning "glittering, shining" or "moon".
CHETTIIndian, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil
Variant transcription of Chetty.
CHETTYIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting a trader.
CHOWDARYIndian, Telugu, Tamil
Variant of Chaudhary used in Southern India.
DEVAIndian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit देव (devá) meaning "heavenly, divine" or "deity, god".
DEVIIndian, Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Odia
From Sanskrit देवी (devī́) meaning "goddess, female deity" (see the given name Devi). It is used as a surname by women who did not originally have a family name. In 2014, this was the second most common surname in the world and the most common in several Indian states.
GANDHIIndian, Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil
Means "perfume seller", derived from Sanskrit गन्ध (gandha) meaning "odour, fragrance, perfume". Notable bearers include Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), an Indian civil rights and independence leader, and Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), the first female Prime Minister of India.
KALLAIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "priest".
KALLANIndian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Kalla.
KANNANIndian, Tamil
From the given name Kannan, the Tamil variant of Krishna.
KAVARAIIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "landowner".
KRISHNANIndian, Malayalam, Tamil
Derived from the given name Krishna, used in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
KUMARIIndian, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Sinhalese, Pakistani
From the given name Kumari, the feminine form of Kumar. It is exclusively used by women.
LAKSHMIIndian, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi
From the given name Lakshmi, the name of a Hindu goddess.
"Mudaliar" is a combination of a Tamil word "Mudali" which means "First" and "yar" which is an honorific suffix. So the surname means "First People" or "Elite People" in Tamil.
NARAYANANIndian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name Narayanan. A famous bearer was Kocheril Raman Narayanan (1921–2005), the 10th President of India.
ODDAIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting agriculture, such as workers and laborers.
ODDAIIndian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Odda.
ODDARIndian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Odda.
OPPARAIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting an agricultural occupation.
PADIACHYIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting a footsoldier of the Palli caste.
PALLAIndian, Tamil
Another form of Palli.
PALLANIndian, Tamil
Another form of Palli.
PALLIIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "agricultural laborers".
PARAIYAIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting laborers in agriculture and/or industry. This is a surname belonging to Dalit, or "Untouchables," in the Hindu caste system.
PRASADIndian, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Odia, Kannada
From Sanskrit प्रसाद (prasadā) meaning "clearness, brightness, purity, graciousness", ultimately from प्रसद् (prasad) "to fall into the power of". In Hinduism and Sikhism, the term refers to a type of religious food... [more]
RADHAKRISHNANIndian, Tamil, Malayalam
Derived from Sanskrit राधा कृष्ण (rādhā-kṛṣṇa), a combination of Radha and Krishna. In Hinduism, this is the combination of both feminine and masculine aspects of God.
RAJIndian, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Odia, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhalese
From Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, chief, sovereign", ultimately from राजन् (rājan) meaning "king, sovereign, prince, chief".
RAJAPakistani, Indian, Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil, Malaysian, Bengali, Urdu
Variant of Raj; also a South Asian title of Indian origin used to denote a prince or ruler.
RAJANIndian, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Malaysian
From the title Raja or Raj denoting a South Asian king or prince; mainly used in Southern India.
RAJUIndian, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Odia, Punjabi
Means "king" from Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, sovereign, chief".
RAMACHANDRANIndian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name Ramachandran, a combination of Rama and Chandra.
From the given name Ramakrishna. A notable bearer is Tamil-American structural biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (1952-).
Derived from Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" or "dark, black" (see Rama) combined with मूर्ति (mūrti) meaning "idol, icon".
REDDYIndian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Odia
Derived from Telugu రెడ్డి (reḍḍi) meaning "village headman".
SHANKARIndian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada
From the given name Shankar.
Tamil variant of Shrinivas.
UPPARAIndian, Tamil
Another form of Oppara.
VELLALAIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting agricultural laborers.
VELLALANIndian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Vellala.
VENKATESHIndian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada
Means "lord of Venkata", from Venkata, the name of a hill in southern India (see Venkata), combined with Sanskrit ईश (īśa) meaning "lord, master, husband" (see Isha).
WAPPARAIndian, Tamil
Another form of Oppara.
WODDAIndian, Tamil
Another form of Odda.