Native American naming traditions vary depending on each particular tribe. Typically, they are derived from nature, represented by an animal symbolizing desirable characteristics or a certain trait. Legal names are given, but Native American names are earned.
Indian names are based on a variety of systems and naming conventions, which vary from region to region. Names are also influenced by religion and caste and may come from epics. Many children are given three names, sometimes as a part of religious teaching.
In India, surnames are placed as last names or before first names, which often denote: village of origin, caste, clan, office of authority their ancestors held, or trades of their ancestors. Here surnames are placed last, the order being: the given name, followed by the father’s name, followed by the family name.
Native Americans have a fluid naming tradition—i.e., they can earn new names. Native American children are given names that suit their personalities. If a name is given and proves to be a bad fit, the child’s name is changed. At adolescence, the given name may be changed again.
#1 The Reason. Caste based surnames slowly started becoming popular in 20th century. Their dire need to follow the pan-Indian culture probably resulted in surnames like – Iyer, Iyengar, Thevar, Pillai, Chettiyar, Mudhaliyar, Nadar, Moopanar etc. And therefore, their are tons of Tamilians without a surname.
The consensus, however, is that whenever possible, Native people prefer to be called by their specific tribal name. In the United States, Native American has been widely used but is falling out of favor with some groups, and the terms American Indian or Indigenous American are preferred by many Native people.
But one reason could be their particularly expressive nature when compared to other native naming conventions. It could also be that their bearers chose to translate them when communicating with English speakers.
Some natives adopted European surnames, while many retained their traditional first names and surnames. There was no single pattern of naming in tribes. Several traditional names were indicative of clan, habitation, and occupation. English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish names were also gradually imbibed.
For the Lakota, there are six classes of names: birth order, honor, special deed, nicknames, and secret or spirit names. A tribe elder also must agree to receive the individual’s name, which most often comes to him and her through a dream or vision.
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Government classification. Nadars are classified and listed as a Backward Class by the governments of both Tamil Nadu and India.
There is no specific and separate caste for Tamil people or people of Tamil Nadu (People whose mother tongue is Tamil). Caste as a social institution divides the Hindus vertically as inferior and superior castes and [forces] them to strictly adhere to certain [arbitrary] rules which are in violation of human rights.