The office and the officeholder are called the patwari in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bengal, North India and in Pakistan while in Sindh it is called Tapedar .
The position is known as the karnam or adhikari in Tamil Nadu, while it is commonly known as the talati in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
: The following are some of the surnames of Telugu Mudiraj people with (gotram) within brackets- These names are collected through internet search and personal inquiry made by Mr. Surnames with Star (*) indicate that the surname is analysed to find its origins and people of the surnames.
For the details of analysis, readers may refer to item-04 on surname analysis in this page itself.
It seems to be quiet natural that some of the descendants of HAKKA and BUKKA are now within Mudiraj community.
The British colonial era made minor amendments to the system but continued the system.
The Patwari can wield significant power and influence with even feudal lords seeking his favour. There have been cases of corrupt Patwaris escaping punishment due to their position and political connections.
The Patwaris are equivalent to Karnams in Telugu Brahmin sect.
Many surnames in Andhra Pradesh are derived from the village / town name in which the people originally used to live.
There are many people having surnames after towns such as Gunturu, Bezawada ( Vijayawada ), Addanki, etc.