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Used in India and elsewhere too, I guess

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Used in India and elsewhere too, I guess

Vijay Rao (View posts)
Posted: 17 Aug 2000 6:15AM GMT
My surname is Rao. I am from Bangalore (south) India. This form of the surname goes back to my grandfather born a 100 years ago. The Indian form of the name 'Rao' originated from 'Raya', which probably indicates a landowning person ( or maybe an important person). We still use the term 'Maha raya' casually in our conversations - ("here comes the maha raya - the big man").

Raya has Sanskrit roots I think - in Malaysia (many Sanskrit names/words are found in the culture) roads are called 'Jalan' and highways are frequently referred to as 'Jalan Raya'.

So much for Rao. In India Rao's are primarily found in 2 states Karanataka and Andhra Pradesh. My ancestors hailed from the border area of these 2 states.

I am pleasantly surprised to see persons of Italian descent having this name. What does it mean in the Italian culture ? Next time I hear the name Rao, I will know not to jump at that person and address him : How are you Maha Raya !

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Vijay Rao 17 Aug 2000 12:15PM GMT 
rrao56 28 Aug 2000 2:49PM GMT 
kandula styanarayana rao 26 Oct 2000 11:10PM GMT 
Marina Rao 27 Dec 2000 6:54PM GMT 
rrao56 31 Dec 2000 11:58AM GMT 
jmbaena1024 29 Dec 2001 6:37PM GMT 
mikirao 16 Jul 2002 1:08PM GMT 
junejdr 9 Nov 2006 4:03PM GMT 
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