Nayanar (Nair subcaste)

Nayanar (meaning "the Nayar") is an honorific title used by sub-castes of the Nair community from North Kerala, India. It can be used by Nair families but also a generic term to refer to a Nair[1]

The Nayanars were Samanthans and Naduvazhi (chiefs of fiefdoms and aristocrats) and Jenmimar (landed gentry).[2]