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Pillai (surname)

Pillai, Pillay, Pulle, Pilli or Pillaimar (Tamil: பிள்ளை,பிள்ளைமார் , ) is an upper caste title used by land-owning castes of Tamil- and Malayalam-speaking people of India and others living in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa and Fiji, mostly from the Vellalar community in Tamil Nadu and Nair community in Kerala.

South African Tamils use the spelling Pillay, whereas some Sri Lankan castes may also use Pulle or Pilli.


  • History of the title 1
  • Notable people with the surname Pillai 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History of the title

In 1909 Edgar Thurston noted, ″Pillai. — Pillai, meaning child, is in the Tamil country primarily the title of Vellalas, but has, at recent times of census, been returned as the title of a number of classes,[1]

They have been influential in the revival of Tamil traditions and dominate much of the writing on Siddha medicine today.[2]

Notable people with the surname Pillai

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ Nairs
  4. ^ A. S. Pillai
  5. ^

External links

  • A Pillai Who's Who,
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