Ref."History of Am- Families" Author: Usamchikar P.J.
Ch. 2 p.33 [ISBN 1533674431]
"For a community of the size not exceeding fifteen thousand, the number of surnames is quite large...this
could be due to repeated migrations and change of vocations..."
"....A family whose ancestors made fortune in the pottery trade moved to Bombay.The members of the family
were industrious and down to earth persons.They came to be
known as Muddymans (now spelled as Madiman).Another family whose ancestor was a Court Musician in the Nagar Kingdom
.. settled down in Mangalore.One of them named Taranath
did 'Riyaz' (rehearsed musical lessons) in 'Tarsaptak' and that too in a very
loud voice.This family came to be known as Yellore.
A third family whose ancestor was a Rajvaidya ( honorary physician )to
the King of Nagar moved to Mumbai (then known as Bombay).One of the family members worked hard to find out
the etiology of hard stools.He discoverd a herbal remedy for 'vacating the bowels of hard stools through
most natural gateway' and took the surname Vacanally ..."
Many more surnames are indicative of vocations e.g.Nettar- probably spent most of his time on
net !(Fisherman/Tennisplayer or Internet ?)
Biyar (from Bi - seed-merchant ?),Chittar ( from Chit/Chitti, -postal service ? ..`Vatanse
Chitti Aayi Re`..) ....whether the two families Heranjal and Hervatte had any special relationship could
not be ascertained because neither of the families responded to our questionnaire.....