Mudaliar also Mudali, Moodley (Tamil: முதலியார் மற்றும் முதலி) is a title used by some of the Tamil castes. It is derived from the honorary title Mudali meaning a person of first rank in the Tamil language which was bestowed upon top-ranking bureaucratic officials and army officers in medieval South India. The surname is generally prevalent among Indian Tamils and the Tamil diaspora though it is also used in other parts of South India.
The word Mudaliar means first citizens or first ones .The word Mudali was also used to refer to a position held in a Nagarattar firm as it applies to Vellalar caste.
Karikala Cholan divided Thondaimandalam into 24 Kottams and parcelled it out to the Vellalar Chiefs, awarding them the title Mudali or MudaliyarSome Contributions of South India to Indian Culture - Page 161 by S. Krishnaswami Aiyangar<ref name="The Asiatic... Read More