Nayak (title)

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Nayak, Nayaka, Nayakar, Nayagar, Nayakkar, Naik, Naiker, Naicker, Naickan, Naiken, Nayakkan, Nayan, Nayar, Nayanar, Nair, Naidu, Nayudu or Naidoo is a common title used by various caste and ethnic groups across India.

The castes such as Vanniyar,[1][2] Kapu Rajakambalam(Pedda Kapu) are mostly using this title in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu . In Kerala, the term Nair, Nayar, Nayanar etc. is said to be the adoption of the Sanskrit word Nayaka in Malayalam.[3][4]


  1. ^ Viramma, Jean-Luc Racine. Viramma, Life of an Untouchable. 
  2. ^ Paul Younger. New Homelands : Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa. 
  3. ^ P. V. Balakrishnan (1981). Matrilineal System in Malabar. p. 27. 
  4. ^ Madras (Presidency) (1885). Manual of the Administration of the Madras Presidency. p. 100. 

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