Reddy (Telugu:రెడ్డి, also transliterated as Reddi) was originally a title used by village chiefs in ancient Telugu society. The exact origin of this title is not known, however, many social sections seem to have adopted this title in due course of the history. Some of the Reddys have become wealthy and influential in the political and social mileu of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Reddys regard Andhra Pradesh as their homeland and Telugu as their mother tongue,. Many Reddys migrated to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and have formed distinct communities in the lands of their adoption to know more about Reddy's
Reddys constitute about 6.8%[Ref-below] of the population of Andhra Pradesh. Significant numbers are present in the states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
The 19th century writer Edgar Thurston in his Castes and Tribes of Southern India stated that Reddys were the village chiefs. The village chiefs were given the title 'Reddy'. The census carried out during the British period in the Madras Presidency listed Reddy and Kapu together.
People belonging to other agrarian communities such as Telaga, Balija, Kamma, Velama and Yadava also use 'Reddy' title in their names, if not frequently. This indicates the common origin of all agrarian castes in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Recent genetic studies support the belief that all the agrarian castes shared the similar ethnic origins as also all south Indian castes.
There are various theories regarding the origin of the term 'Reddy':
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