Andhra Kshatriya Surnames

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The surnames of Andhra Kshatriyas were created or formed during the 12th, 13th and 14th Centuries (AD). Prior to that, there were only Gotras (clans) but no surnames. Marriage alliances were being made between persons of different Gotras but not with persons of the same Gotras. At the time of formation of surnames, the villages where persons were residing generally became their surnames.

From the data collected by Sri Buddharaju Varahala Raju, there were 109 surnames for Andhra Kshatriyas. 80 surnames were based on village names; 20 were based on Chivalry names; 1 based on nature and 8 based on other ways. For some families the names of their famous and prominent ancestors became their surnames. For example - Sayyapa Raju, Bhupathi Raju, Byrraju, Ganapathi Raju, Gadi Raju, Gokaraju, Kunappa Raju, Nallappa Raju, Rudra Raju, Uddaraju, Yarakaraju (Yarakaraju/Yerukaraju, Yeruka means Well Known in telugu) etc. The surname based on nature - Sardhaka namam (One who is rightous) - is Sagi.

Gotra (clan), Vamsam means heredity. The Vamsams are of two types:

  1. Janma Vamsam (based on Birth)
  2. Vidya Vamsam (based on Education)

Those Kshatriyas who were educated under certain Sages (Rishis) became their Vamsiyas. They belong to the respective Vidya Vamsams.

Sage Apastamba wrote a book named Apastamba Sutramulu incorporating the traditions of persons wearing the sacred thread (Dvija). All the traditions and ceremonies of Andhra Kshatriyas are based on these sutras. The Andhra Kshatriyas belonging to the five Gotras

  1. Kasyapa
  2. Koundinya
  3. Dhananjaya
  4. Vasistha
  5. Pasupati

have marriage alliances with the persons belonging to the other three Gothras. As Vasistha was the educational guru of both Koundinya and Vasistha Gotras, he is considered as the Pithru (Father) of both of them and so there were no marriage alliances between these two Gotras. However, for the last few centuries they discarded this tradition.

Most surnames in Andhra Pradesh come from the family's town of origin so some of the surnames are found in other Andhra communities. Some of the Kshatriya names are actually the same but due to regional pronunciation differences they are spelt differently.

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[edit] Suryavamsham

Dhananjaya Kasyapa Kaundinya Vasistha
AddalaBalaraju AddepalliAdduri
ByrrajuBellamkonda AyanampudiAlluri
BhupathirajuChiruvella ChitrajuAngaraju
ChampatiEedarapalli DintakurthiBalaraju
Chekuri (Sekuri) Gorinta EdeBejawada
ChintalapatiGobburi InampudiBhetalam
DanduKanumuri Jampana (Varnata)Byrraju
Dantuluri (Thantaluri)Kakkera KalidindiBuddharaju
DasarajuKalavalaKatari KundarajuChamarthi
Datla (Thatla)Kadimella MudunuriDhenuvakonda
GadirajuLakamraju Muthundi (Mudundi)Dendukuri
GandrajuMandapati (Manthapadi) SaripalliErraguntala
GokarajuMungara VemulavadaGadiraju
GottumukkalaNamburi VemulamandaGanapathiraju
GuntimaduguPathapati YamanamandaGodavarthi
GunturiSaidu Gurjala
Jampana (Kota)Sayyaparaju Gundraju
KallepalliSirivella Immadiraju (Immalaraju)
KammelaSolaraju Indukuri (Indukoori)
KankipatiSolanki Isukapalli
KantetiUppalapati Kakarlapudi
Kasi Kutcherlapati
Kopperla Manthena (Manthana)
Kokkerlapati Mulagapati
Konduri Muppalla
Koppella Mungapati
Kothapalli Nadimpalli
Kunaparaju Nagaraju
Kamparaju Kovvuru Pusapati (Poosapadi)
Nallaparaju Pericherla (Pericholi)
Pakalapati (Pagalapati) Pinnamaraju
Patsamatla (Patchamatla) Potturi
Penumatsa (Penumathsa) Rajasagi
Penmatsa, Penmetsa Sagi
Pusampudi Sakhineti
Rudraraju Sagiraju
Sagiraju Samantapudi
Sujjuri Siravuri
Thotakura Vadapalli
Thirumalaraju Vatsavai (Vathsvaya)
Uddaraju/Vuddharaju Valivarthi
Vadlamudi Vegesana (Vegesina)
Vanapala Vetikuri
Vegiraju Penmatsa
Vempalli Pakalapati
Vetukuri Siruvuri (Siroovuri)
Yallamraju
Nandimandalam
Yarakaraju
Aarveti
Saluva

[edit] Pasupati Gotra

  1. Alugunuru
  2. Ayyapuraju
  3. Anantharaju
  4. Anjiraju
  5. Balaraju
  6. Bayalraju
  7. Betharaju
  8. Bogaraju
  9. Buttamraju
  10. Chamarthi
  11. Chejerila
  12. Chennapaya
  13. Chennamraju
  14. Chevooru
  15. Chinnanagannagari
  16. Chinnanarasiahgari
  17. Chokkaraju
  18. Cibyala
  19. Daasanapu
  20. Dakshiraju
  21. Dalavayi
  22. Gadi
  23. Gouripuram
  24. Govindarajulu
  25. Gundlapalli
  26. Hasthi
  27. Inkula
  28. Jagadaabhi
  29. Kalvala
  30. Kanchiraju
  31. Katri
  32. Kocherla
  33. Konduru
  34. Lingaraju
  35. Medidaraju
  36. Nandyala
  37. Nimmaraju
  38. Padmaraju
  39. Patarapalli
  40. Peddiraju
  41. Penugonda
  42. Posaladeevi
  43. Raghava
  44. Rayalacheruvu
  45. Reddicherla
  46. Sangaraju
  47. Solaraju
  48. Tipparaju
  49. Ummalaraju
  50. Valavarthi
  51. Vanipanta
  52. Vankeraju
  53. Veligandla
  54. Venkataraju
  55. Yadavalli
  56. Yellatooru
  57. Yerramraju

[edit] Chandravanshi

  1. Garikapati
  2. Konda
  3. Satrucharla
  4. Sanyasiraju
  5. Vyricharla

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