About Naidu History
Naidu (also spelt Nayudu or Naidoo) is a caste name and a title used by many social groups
predominantly in Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu. It is taken from the Telugu derivation of the
Sanskrit word Nayaka, meaning protector or leader".
Naidu is used to refer to people belonging to the Kapu (caste) s - Balija / Balija Naidu,
Telaga, Munnuru Kapu, Ontari Kapu and Turpu Kapu. Naidus constitute about 25% of the
population of Andhra Pradesh.
The Nayaka title was originally conferred upon the Kapu community Telaga /Balija but later
during the expansion of the Vijayanagar kingdom into Southern India, the title was also
conferred upon other non-Telugu speaking communities who served as Commanders,
Barons or Governors under the Vijayanagar emperors in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The Nayaka's origins can be traced to the expansion of the Western Chalukyas into Andhra
country in the 7th Century. Later, the usage of the terms Nayaka or Danda Nayaka came
into vogue during the Vishnukundina dynasty who ruled the Krishna and Godavari deltas
during the 3rd Century A.D.