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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Tamil mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Tamil

User Submitted Origins

Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  • According to a user from India, the name Tamil is of English origin and means "Shiva".
  • A user from India says the name Tamil means "The First and oldest language of the world".
  • A submission from Nigeria says the name Tamil means "Dependabale" and is of English origin.
  • According to a user from Missouri, United States, the name Tamil is of Hindu origin and means "Love is god".
  • According to a user from India, the name Tamil is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Goddess lakshmi".

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International Interest
Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ta"mil
Of or pertaining to the Tamils, or to their language.
noun Ta"mil
  1. [Ethnol] One of a Dravidian race of men native of Northern Ceylon and Southern India.
  2. The Tamil language, the most important of the Dravidian languages. See Dravidian (a.)

Etymology: Written also Tamul

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The Dravidian language spoken since prehistoric times by the Tamil in southern India and Sri Lanka
  2. A member of the mixed Dravidian and Caucasian people of southern India and Sri Lanka
  3. Of or relating to a speaker of the Tamil language or the language itself ("Tamil agglutinative phrases")

From Tamil தமிழ் (tamiḻ, “Tamil”).

  1. A Dravidian language spoken in the state of Tamil Nadu, India and in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia.
  2. A person whose ethnic origins come from Tamil Nadu, India or Sri Lanka.

Tamil was also found in the following language(s): Dutch

Notable Persons Named Tamil

Tamil Yusufenko is an athlete for the FC Karpaty-2 Lviv.


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Fun Facts about the name Tamil

  • When was the first name Tamil first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Tamil is Sunday, December 7th, 1902.
  • How unique is the name Tamil? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Tamil. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Tamil: Your name in reverse order is Limat. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Matli. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Tamil born Feb 19, 1962

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-Central approximately on 750. Your profession was entertainer, musician, poet, and temple-dancer.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You should develop self-love and ability to implant hope into hearts of people. Ambition - is not everything. True wealth is buried in your soul.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.