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Note on Tamil Titles
For ease of indexing, and in order to standardise the format
for names, this website uses a hybrid name structure which is
not strictly correct. In order to construct names in an accurate
Tamil order, it may be necessary to place prefix and suffix
titles in a different location in relation to an individual's
names than those presented on particular family pages.
All titles in the database are prefix titles (Sir, Don, Mudaliyar,
Rajakesari, etc.,). Traditional Tamil titles were suffix titles.
Thus, the full name of Sir Muttukumarasamy, son of Gate Mudaliyar
Coomarasamy, son of Arumugampillai, should be written as Arumugampillai
Coomarasamy Gate Mudaliyar Sir Muttukumarasamy. This formulation
is potentially confusing and all titles are represented as prefix
titles to limit this.
Suffix titles on the database are restricted to post-nominal
letters (MBE, OBE, MVO, etc.,) and the village of origin of
the person described.