Tamil Submitted Surnames

Tamil names are used in southern India and Sri Lanka. See also about Indian names.
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BAI பாய் Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Odia, Malayalam
Perhaps derived from Hindi बाई (bāī) meaning "lady".
BALAKRISHNAN பாலகிருஷ்ணன் Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name BALAKRISHNA.
CAVARAI Indian, Tamil
Variant transcription of KAVARAI.
CHANDRAN சந்திரன் Indian, Malayalam, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) meaning "glittering, shining" or "moon".
CHETTI செட்டியார் Indian, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil
Variant of CHETTIAR.
CHETTIAR செட்டியார் Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
Refers to a member of any of the various South Indian castes of traders, businessmen, and merchants. The name itself may be from the Tamil honorific எட்டி (eṭṭi) or from a Sanskrit word meaning "wealth".
CHETTY செட்டி Indian, Tamil, Telugu
Variant of CHETTIAR.
CHOWDARY சவுத்ரி Indian, Telugu, Tamil
Variant of CHAUDHARY used in Southern India.
DEVA தேவா Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit देव (devá) meaning "heavenly, divine" or "deity, god".
DEVI தேவி Indian, 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... [more]
GANDHI காந்தி Indian, 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.
GOPAL கோபால் Indian, Hindi, Odia, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi
From the given name GOPAL.
GOPALAKRISHNAN கோபாலகிருஷ்ணன் Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
Combination of GOPALA and KRISHNA.
JAFFNA Tamil
Denotes the original bearer hailed from the city of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka.
KALLA Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "priest".
KALLAN Indian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of KALLA.
KANNAN கண்ணன் Indian, Tamil
From the given name KANNAN, the Tamil variant of KRISHNA.
KAVARAI Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "landowner".
KRISHNA கிருசுணா Indian, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
From the given name KRISHNA.
KRISHNAN கிருஷ்ணன் Indian, Malayalam, Tamil
Derived from the given name KRISHNA, used in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
KUMARI குமரி, குமாரி Indian, 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.
LAKSHMI லட்சுமி Indian, Telugu, Odia, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name LAKSHMI.
MAHADEVAN மகாதேவன் Indian, Tamil
MUDALIAR முதலியார் Tamil
"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.
NARAYANAN நாராயணன் Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name NARAYANAN. A famous bearer was Kocheril Raman Narayanan (1921–2005), the 10th President of India.
ODDA Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting agriculture, such as workers and laborers.
ODDAI Indian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of ODDA.
ODDAR Indian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of ODDA.
OPPARA Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting an agricultural occupation.
PADAIYACHI படையாச்சி Indian (Rare), Tamil (Rare)
Variant transcription of PADIACHY.
PADIACHY Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting a footsoldier of the PALLI caste.
PALLA Indian, Tamil
Another form of PALLI.
PALLAN Indian, Tamil
Another form of PALLI.
PALLI Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "agricultural laborers".
PARAIYA Indian, 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.
PRASAD பிரசாதம் Indian, 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]
RADHAKRISHNAN இராதாக்கிருட்டிணன் Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
Derived from Sanskrit राधा कृष्ण (rādhā-kṛṣṇa), a combination of RADHA and KRISHNA... [more]
RAJ ராஜ் Indian, 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".
RAJA ராஜா Indian, Gujarati, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali
Variant of RAJ.
RAJAN ராஜன் Indian, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Malaysian
From the title RAJA or RAJ denoting a South Asian king or prince; mainly used in Southern India.
RAJU ராஜூ Indian, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Odia, Punjabi
Means "king" from Sanskrit राज (rāja) meaning "king, sovereign, chief".
RAM ராம் Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Indian (Sikh)
Derived from the given name RAM (2).
RAMACHANDRAN இராமச்சந்திரன் Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name Ramachandran, a combination of RAMA and CHANDRA.
RAMAKRISHNAN ராமகிருஷ்ணன் Indian, Tamil
From the given name RAMAKRISHNA. A notable bearer is Tamil-American structural biologist VENKATRAMAN Ramakrishnan (1952-).
RAMAMURTHY ராமமூர்த்தி Indian, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" or "dark, black" (see RAMA) combined with मूर्ति (mūrti) meaning "idol, icon".
REDDY ரெட்டி Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Odia
Derived from Telugu రెడ్డి (reḍḍi) meaning "village headman".
SEELAN சீலன் Indian, Tamil
SHANKAR ஷங்கர் Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada
From the given name SHANKAR.
SRINIVASAN ஶ்ரீனிவாசன் Indian, Tamil
Tamil variant of SHRINIVAS.
SURESH சுரேஷ் Indian, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada
From the given name SURESH.
THONDAN தொண்டன் Tamil, Indian
Tamil for "devotee, votary".
UPPARA Indian, Tamil
Another form of OPPARA.
VELLALA Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting agricultural laborers.
VELLALAN Indian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of VELLALA.
VENKATESH வெங்கடேஷ் Indian, 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).
WAPPARA Indian, Tamil
Another form of OPPARA.
WODDA Indian, Tamil
Another form of ODDA.
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