View Message

Subject: Re: full meaning of my name
Author: তন্ময় ভট্টাচার্য্য   (guest,
Date: January 16, 2012 at 5:01:38 PM
Reply to: Re: full meaning of my name by Rene
Most likely the first name is a variant spelling of a Sanskrit origin name triveNI [dental unaspirated t- (like in French), -r- roughly as in English, short -i- as in English "hit", voiced unaspirated labiodental -v- (i.e., between English v and w), long -e- as in English "tale", retroflex -N- and long -I as in English "heat"): the tri- in that means and is cognate with English three, and the second part comes from the root ve meaning to weave and means a braid. It thus means triple braided, but since the junction of rivers was also described as the braiding of the currents, the common meaning is a confluence of three rivers, in particular the one where the North Indian rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati join. This is a holy confluence for the Hindus, and the site of religious pilgrimage.

Pillay is a last name of Tamil and Malayalam speaking land-owning communities, often Hindu, but also belonging to other religions. I don't know Tamil, so can't comment on its meaning and it may be related to a word meaning child. But it was originally a title bestowed ceremoniously by South Indian rulers, and became a last name (or sometimes caste marker) in the communities mentioned above (and rarely in others). The particular spelling (as opposed to Pillai, Pilli, and a variety of other transliterations) is very common in South Africa, though it is also found in India and other communities of Indian origin.

Because this message is archived you cannot respond to it.

Messages in this thread: