Pondicherry: A Tamil Name with a French Twist

Raghunath TP
May 5, 2023

Did you know that the name "Puducherry" has its origins in the Tamil language? The original name of the territory, "Putucceri", which means "new village" in Tamil, was later modified by the French to "Pondichéry". However, in 2006, the Indian government officially changed the name to "Puducherry", which is a closer reflection of its Tamil roots.

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