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|Indian Names|| |
| Understanding Indian Names|
After reading my essay The Trouble with Indian Names, many have written
asking about various details of Indian nomenclature and the meanings of names. I regret that I am unable to respond individually.
When in middle-school
I had acquired a huge vocabulary of tatsamas and tadbhavas (the original
words and their
corrupted derivatives), and it is a field that fascinates me, especially how
the history of towns and families can be traced by studying the proper names.
So I am continuing my effort this week to spread the understanding of Indian names
by answering a very frequently asked question on why some Indians do not have last names.
Also, read this hilarious
phone call transcript illustrating the complexity of explaining the Indian names to Westerners.
How I became Dinesh Nettar (Link to Google Cache, suggested by Dinesh Nettar)
See Also: Pronounce This!
History the Names Tell
- My last name, Kamat is derived from Kammatiga or a farmer. We know that my great-great-great-grandfather was
a farmer in the village of Bhaskeri, and it makes sense.
- The name of my community is Gowda Saraswats (GSB). It indicates that my ancestors once lived on
the banks of the Saraswati river. (The river dried up centuries ago.) It tells that my ancestors were influenced by the
teachings of Gowdapada (c. 8th century), who was also a teacher to Shankaracharya (picture - biography).
- The name Bangalore is derived from Bendakalur, which means the town of the boiled pulses. The history of
Hoysala king Ballala getting lost in a hunting expedition, and finding an old woman who fed him
the boiled beans is thus beatutifully kept alive in the name of the city.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Thursday, April 11, 2002|
Last Modified: 7/14/2003
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