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.

Low caste such as the Vanniyar,[1][2] have adopted this title as part of their effort to improve their status using sanskritization.

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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