<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <!-- Start html above --> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /> <meta name="description" lang="en" content="Name domain of Thayumanasamy Somasundaram of Tallahassee, Florida, USA." /> <meta name="keywords" content="Thayumanasamy, Somasundaram, personal, website, family-tree, ancestors, Tamil Nadu, Saiva Vellala, Tamil, Indian" /> <title>Somasundaram Name Domain </title> <link href="soma-name.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" /> <link rel="shortcut icon" href="07fam.ico"> <!-- Original Template taken from Lisa's 2CreateAWebSite --> <!-- First Created on Nov 29, 2007; Modified & updated on April 11, 2016. > <!-- Annotated and expanded by Thayumanasamy Somasundaram for www.somasundaram.name --> </head> <!-- Start of body --> <body> <!-- Start of Table01 --> <table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tr> <th align="center" valign="top" scope="col"> <!-- Start of Table02 --> <table width="793" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <th align="center" valign="middle" style="background-color: #F5F5F5;" scope="col"> <div align="center" style="font-size: 3px">&nbsp; </div> <!-- Start of Table03 --> <table width="98%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="5"> <tr> <th align="left" valign="middle" class="header" scope="col"> <a href="/index.html" class="header">Somasundaram Name Domain</a> </th> </tr> </table> <!-- End of Table03 --> </th> </tr> </table> <!-- End of Table02 --> </th> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle" scope="col"> <table width="778" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tr> <th align="center" valign="middle" class="slogan" scope="col">The Somasundarams ( ) homepage </th> </tr> </table> <!-- End of Table01 --></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle" scope="col"> <table width="778" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tr> <td width="555" align="center" valign="top" class="mainContentIntro" scope="col">&nbsp;</td> <th width="9" scope="col">&nbsp; </th> <td width="206" align="center" valign="top" class="rightSideIntro" scope="col">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" valign="top" class="mainContent" scope="col" width="534"> <h2>&#8226; Our Family</h2> <p align="center"> <img src="./VGTS20151105.png" width ="360" height="240"> </p> <p>We are originally from Tamil Nadu, the southeastern state of India. Tamil Nadu ( ; country of Tamil speaking people) is formerly known as the state of Madras. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_language">Tamil ( )</a> is an ancient language of the Indian sub-continent and belongs to the Dravidian branch. Its origin is different from Sanskrit which belongs to the Indo-Iranian-Germanic branch. </p> <p> Our immediate ancestors are from <a href="http://www.thanjavur.tn.nic.in/">Thanjavur</a> district ( <em>aka </em>, Tanjore; the rice bowl of India) of Tamil Nadu. My ancestors came to Thanjavur district as book keepers for the Vedharaniyeswarar Temple in <a href="http://wikimapia.org/13369950/VEDARANYAM-%E0%AE%A4%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%81%E0%AE%AE%E0%AE%B1%E0%AF%88%E0%AE%95%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%95%E0%AE%BE%E0%AE%9F%E0%AF%81">Vedaraniam ( )</a> also known as, Thirumaraikkadu ( ). Prior to moving to Vedaraniam (alternate spellings: Vedharanyam, Vedharaniyam) our ancestors (<a href="http://www.velaler.com">Saiva Vellalars</a>; ; Shaiva Vellalla) were from the Ramanatha Puram ( ) district in central Tamil Nadu. </p> <p> After completing my bachelor's and master's degrees in Chemisty from University of Madras (aka, Chennai), I lived/worked in Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, Bangalore, Karnataka state, and Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh state (now called Telangana), India. Then I moved to the United States of America in late eighties and lived in the northeastern state of Massachusetts and now I live (with my family) in the southeastern state of Florida. I am a member of India Association of Tallahassee, Asian Coalition of Tallahassee, and one of the founding members of Tallahassee Tamil Sangam. </p> <p> , . , , . . , , . </p> <p>Our three generation <a href="./sSomaFamTree.pdf">family-map</a> (in Tamil). Our three generation family-tree in <a href="./sSomasundaramFamilyTreePhotos.pdf">pictures</a>. You can also see the <a href="http://wikimapia.org/#lat=10.3769871&lon=79.8486717&z=18&l=0&m=a&v=2">WikiMap view of the house</a> where I was born few decades ago. </p> <p> <em>This and accompanying web pages give information about our family and its origins. 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