The Vydhianveetil Family
It is a very difficult task to trace the family roots of the Syrian Christians of Kerala, as they have to be traced since the beginning of Christianity in Kerala, which is more than 2000 years old. The problem is compounded since there is no documentary evidence and most of the early history of Kerala’s Syrian Christians has been constructed largely with the help of traditions and legends which have been passed on by word of mouth through generations. As the members grew, the early families moved out from their original places for brighter futures and divided into different branches carrying names of the new environment. In spite of all these difficulties, some have taken considerable efforts by spending time and money travelling across various places collecting oral and documentary evidences to establish their family lineage. Many of these are available in the public domain. Nobody from the Vydhianveetil family has ever documented their family history (might not have thought it worth the effort). What is given below is the Vydhianveetil family ancestry from church documents and data available on the net. I am also conscious about the fact that since what is given in the net is not peer-reviewed, the authenticity could be doubtful. (Even the arrival of St. Thomas and conversion of Brahmins have controversies amongst some historians.). I have made my observations based on many articles available on the net, however used only those that have some consistency within different reports. Some of the useful links are given under references. The Vydhianveetil at times spells differently: VydhianVeetil; Vydianveetil; VydianVeetil, which is not correct. I request all to use the same spelling i.e. VYDHIANVEETIL. (For those ‘Vydhianveedens’ whose feet have not touched Kerala soil, I have included the maps showing some of the important historical places of relevance to present study!) I have also received some data/information from Dr. George Jacob (Bappu) who has taken an interest in our family roots. I have suitably included them in the write-up. Koshy Koshy, IPS has provided some information which is suitably included. For continuity, I have started with a short account of Christianity in India, and the events which led to the formation of the Mar Thoma Sabha, though it is well documented in many articles.
Some of the missing links here are information on Vydhianachen’s mother’s name and family and the siblings of Vydhianachen. My age and health do not permit me to be more proactive to do something more. I may also point out that my interest is limited to finding out the roots of the Vydhianveetil family. I wish some of the younger generations would take interest to create a portal so as to have a directory of our family members. I have given an example for two branches up to the third generation.
I want to put on record the initiative taken by Mrs.Binu Mathew (the great-granddaughter of MC Joseph, the eldest son of Vydhianachen) to start a WhatsApp group to bring together all family members related to the Vydhianveetil family. Binu also took initiative to generate the second generation information by contacting various members. Their contributions are thankfully acknowledged.
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