Menon (subcaste)

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Religions Hinduism
Languages Malayalam
Populated states Kerala
Subdivisions Septs based on Tharavadu of descent.

Menon was an honorific title, sometimes hereditary and sometimes granted upon life of the recipient. The title was bestowed to people belonging to the Nair caste, by the various kings of Kerala, such as the Zamorin and the rulers of Cochin. The recipient of the title was entitled to hold it lifelong, although descendants of such titled members often used it as suffix to their given name and have usurped it in perpetuity along the matrilineal and even patrilineal lines.[1][page needed][dubious ] The Menons were engaged in various administrative duties and served as accountants to the rulers of Kerala. Some of the Menon families were head of several provinces.


  1. ^ Kaanipayyoor Sankaran Nambudiripad, Reminiscenes, Kunnamkulam Press, 1971 Accessed at British Library, Euston