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Gounder is a title used by various communities originating in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.[1] It may refer to Kongu Vellalar,[2][3] Vanniyars,[4] Vettuvars,[5] Gollas[6] and Uralis.[7][need quotation to verify]


There are number of derivations for the title. One theory derives the name Gounder from Tamil word Kaamindan, meaning noble protector of the country. It was later modified as Kavundan or Gounder.[5]