Pillai (surname)

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Pillai or Pillay is a surname found among the Malayalam and Tamil-speaking people of India and Sri Lanka.


The term Pillai literally means "child" in the Tamil language.[1] The title occur both as a single name or as a suffix to the name. The title is used by different castes such as the Agamudayar, Isai Vellalar, Karaiyar, Nair, Muslim Mappila, Vellalar and Konar.[2][3][4]


Notable people with this surname or its variants include:


  1. ^ Conference, Association of South Asian Archaeologists in Western Europe International; Parpola, Asko (1994). Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae. Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia. p. 580. ISBN 9789514107290.
  2. ^ Pandian, Jacob (1987). Caste, Nationalism and Ethnicity: An Interpretation of Tamil Cultural History and Social Order. Popular Prakashan. p. 110. ISBN 9780861321360.
  3. ^ University, Vijaya Ramaswamy, Jawaharlal Nehru (2017-08-25). Historical Dictionary of the Tamils. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 268. ISBN 9781538106860.
  4. ^ Pfister, Raymond (1995). Soixante ans de pentecôtisme en Alsace (1930-1990): une approche socio-historique. P. Lang. p. 166. ISBN 9783631486207.