Capildeo family

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The Capildeo family is a family of politicians and writers in Trinidad and Tobago. The most notable member is 2001 Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul. The ancestral home of the Capildeo family is known as "The Lion House" (Anand Bhavan)[1] and is in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago. No one today knows how the name Kapil transformed into Capildeo. It is possible that Kapil added dev meaning God from his village's name of Mahadevadubey to his name. Translation from Hindi to English was not well developed in the 19th century and words were spelt differently then from the way they are now. Thus, Kapil was changed to Capil and dev to deo, giving Kapil's descendants the surname of Capildeo.

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