Raju surnames

The surnames of Andhra Kshatriyas were created or formed during the 12th, 13th and 14th Centuries (AD). Prior to that, there were only Gotras (clans) but no surnames. Marriage alliances were being made between persons of different Gotras but not with persons of the same Gotras. At the time of the formation of surnames, the villages where persons were residing generally became their surnames. From the data collected by Sri Buddharaju Varahala Raju, there were 109 surnames for Andhra Kshatriyas. 80 surnames were based on village names; 20 were based on Chivalry names; 1 based on nature and 8 based on other ways. It did not include Kshatriya Raju surnames of Rayalaseema and Karnataka. For some families, the names of their famous and prominent ancestors became their surnames. For example – Bhupathi Raju, Rudra Raju, Tirumala Raju, etc. Gotra (clan), Vamsam means heredity.

The Vamsams are of two types:
1. Janma Vamsam (based on Birth)
2. Vidya Vamsam (based on Education)
Those Kshatriyas who were educated under certain Sages (Rishis) became their Vamsiyas. They belong to the respective Vidya Vamsams.
Sage Apastamba wrote a book named Apastamba Sutramulu incorporating the traditions of persons wearing the sacred thread (Dvija). All the traditions and ceremonies of Rajus are based on these Gotras. The Rajus of Northern

Circars belong to these Four Gotras:

Kaundinya Vasistha Dhananjaya Kasyapa
Addepalli Adduri Addala Balaraju
Ayanampudi Alluri Byrraju Bellamkonda
 Chitraju Angaraju Bhupathiraju Chiruvella
Inampudi Balaraju Champati Eedarapalli
Jampana (Varnata) Bejawada Chekuri (Sekuri) Gorinta
Kalidindi Bhetalam Chintalapati Gobburi
Kundaraju Byrraju Dandu Kanumuri
Mudunuri Buddharaju Dantaluri (Thantaluri) Kakkera
Chinda Chamarthi Dasaraju Katari
Saripalli Dhenuvakonda Datla (Thatla) Kadimella
Vemulavada Dendukuri Gadiraju Lakamraju
Vemulamanda Erraguntala Gokaraju Mandapati (Manthapadi)
Yamanamanda Gadiraju Gottumukkala Mungara
Chinda Ganapathiraju Guntimadugu Namburi
Gurjala Gunturi Pathapati
Gundraju Jampana (Kota) Saidu
Immadiraju (Immalaraju) Kallepalli Sayyaparaju
Indukuri (Indukoor Kammela Sirivella
Isukapalli Kankipati Solaraju
Kakarlapudi Kanteti Solanki
Kutcherlapati Kasi Uppalapati
Manthena (Manthana) Kopperla Singaraju
Muppalla Kokkerlapati Sirigiri
Nadimpalli Konduri bhogaraju
Nagaraju Koppella BUTTI
Kosuri Kothapalli
Pericherla (Pericholi) Kunaparaju
Pinnamaraju Kamparaju
Potturi Nallaparaju
Rajasagi Pakalapati (Pagalapati)
Sagi Patsamatla (Patchamatla)
Sakhineti Penumatsa (Penumathsa)
Sagiraju Penmatsa, Penmetsa
Saman Pusampudi
Siravuri Rudraraju
Vadapalli Sagiraju
Vatsavai (Vathsva) Sujjuri
Valivarthi Thotakura
Vetikuri Thirumalaraju
Penmatsa Uddaraju/Vuddharaju
Pakalapati Vadlamudi
Siruvuri (Siroovuri) Vanapala
chiluvuri Vegiraju
vulchi (sreeramraju) Vempalli
Vetukuri
Yallamraju
Nandimandalam
Yarakaraju
Aarveti
Muthundi (Mudundi)

The Rajus of Vijayanagar have these additional Gotras:
1. Atreya
2. Bharadwaja
3. Pasupati
4. Viswamitra

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