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This is a list of Syrian Malabar Nasranis who have made significant contribution to public service, science, sports, literature and the arts.


During the Dutch power in Malabar (1679-1728) there were four distinctive sections of Christians in Kerala.[1][2]

  1. Syrian Christians. Dutch called them “The Christians of St. Thomas.”
  2. Syrian Christian Roman Catholics.
  3. The non-Syrian Roman Catholics. Known as Inland Christians by the Van Rheede [3] and New Christians by Moens.[4] They were grouped into seven parish churches under the bishop of Cochin.
  4. Topass Christians. (Thuppai). They were the descendents of Indian mothers or fathers belonging to the diverse European nations.

Only the first two are Syrian Malabar Nasrani. Others are not. So, all Christians in Kerala are not included in this article.

Politics and public service

  • T.M. Jacob - Former Minister of Kerala
  • A.K. Antony - Defence minister of India and former Chief Minister of Kerala
  • Oommen Chandy - Former Chief Minister of Kerala
  • John Matthai - Former Union Finance Minister of India and Vice Chancellor
  • C.M. Stephen - Former Union Minister of India
  • K.M. Chandy - Former Governor of Madhya Pradesh
  • P.C. Alexander - Former Governor of Maharashtra, India's High Commissioner to UK,MP
  • P.J. Kurien - Former Union Minister of State
  • K.M. Mani - Longest tenure as MLA of Kerala and Former Minister of Kerala
  • Thachil Mathoo Tharakan - First non-Hindu minister of Travancore
  • T.M. Varghese - Founder Llader of Travancore State congress, Freedom fighter, Minister
  • A.J. John - Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin (1951-53) and Governor of Madras
  • Mathai Manjooran - Indian freedom fighter, Socialist revolutionary and former Minister
  • Sebastian Edathy - German Member of Parliament
  • P.J. Joseph - Former State Minister
  • Akkamma Cherian - Freedom fighter
  • Dr. George Thomas - Former MLA and publisher [5]
  • M A Chakko - Superintendent of Police and Excise Commissioner,Cochin State

Literature and media

A Syro-Malabar Catholic Church with the Holy of Holies containing the Nasrani Menorah or Mar Thoma Sliba(St. Thomas Cross) veiled by a red curtain in the tradition of the Temple in Jerusalem.

  • Kandathil Varughese Mappillai - Founder of Malayala Manorama
  • Abu Abraham - Cartoonist
  • K. C. Mammen Mappillai - Former chief editor of Malayala Manorama
  • Ponkunnam Varkey - Essayist and short-story writer
  • Muttathu Varkey - Novelist
  • Toms - Cartoonist
  • Zacharia - Author
  • Yesudasan - Cartoonist
  • Vinod Jose - Foreign Correspondent and award-winning journalist
  • Mahakavi Kattakayam Cherian Mappillai - Poet
  • M. C. Joseph - Sceptic and writer
  • A.T. Kovoor - Sceptic and writer
  • Joseph Edamaruku - Sceptic and writer
  • Meena Alexander - Poet.[6]
  • D. C. Kizhakkemuri - Author, founder of D C Books and publisher.
  • Sunnykutty Abraham - Journalist, writer and the Ccief editor and COO of Jaihind TV
  • Mahakavi Puthenkavu Mathan Tharakan - Poet

Arts and entertainment

  • Miss Kumari - One of the early actresses of Malayalam movies
  • Sheela - Actress
  • Captain Raju - Actor
  • Asin Thottumkal - Actress
  • Shalini Ajithkumar - Actress
  • Benny Mathews - American director
  • Ouseppachan - Music composer in Malayalam cinema
  • John Abraham - Actor and model
  • John Abraham - Malayalam film director
  • Naveen Andrews - Actor
  • Innocent - Actor
  • Nayantara - Actor
  • Meera Jasmine - Actor
  • Suleka Mathew - Canadian actor
  • Sugith Varughese - Canadian actor
  • Shelly Malil - Actor
  • Paul Varghese - Comedian
  • Anchal Joseph - Model
  • Kim Thayil - Guitarist of 1990's vanguard grunge band Soundgarden
  • Kunchacko Boban - Actor
  • Serena Varghese - Indian-American actor
  • Nafisa Joseph - Miss India Universe 1997,model and actor,
  • Kunchacko - pioneer movie-maker of Malayalam Film
  • Gopika - Actor
  • Karthika - Actor
  • Muktha - Actor
  • Babu Antony - Actor


  • Abey Kuruvilla - Former member of the Indian cricket team
  • Jimmy George - Indian volleyball player
  • K. M. Beenamol - Athlete
  • K. M. Binu - Athlete
  • Shiny Abraham - Athlete
  • T. C. Yohannan - Long jumper
  • Anju Bobby George - Long jumper
  • Tinu Yohannan - Indian cricketer
  • Johnson Varghese - Boxer
  • M. D. Valsamma - Athlete - Asiad gold medallist
  • Mercy Kuttan -, Athlete
  • Bobby Aloysius - Athlete
  • Geethu Anna Jose -Indian basketball player


  • Reji Abraham - Chairman Aban Group; No.605 in the Forbes List of Global Billionaires.
  • K. C. Mammen Mappillai - Founder of a bank which merged to form TNQ Bank Ltd.
  • Chalakuzhy Paulose Matthen (1890-1960) - Member of Parliament from Mavelikara Constituency to the first Lok Sabha(1952), Pioneer Banker and founder of the Quilon Bank Ltd. (later amalgamated to form the Travancore National and Quilon Bank Ltd.), Indian Ambassador to the Sudan (1957)
  • Joseph Augusti Kayalackakom - Founder of Palai Central Bank Ltd.
  • K. M. Mammen Mappillai - Founder of Madras Rubber Factory - MRF
  • Kochouseph Chittilappilly - Industrialist - ( V-Guard / Veega Land)
  • Joy Alukkas - Owner of a chain of jewelry stores

Science and technology

  • E. C. George Sudarshan - Theoretical physicist
  • Reji Philip - Experimental physicist
  • Mathai Varghese - Mathematician
  • Thomas Kailath
  • George Varghese
  • K. Mani Chandy
  • Thomas Zacharia
  • Rev. Fr.Matthew Pothen Thekaekara - Spectrotopist assocciated with Thekaekara spectrum


  • Thomas Thomas -The first Indian cardio-thoracic surgeon
  • Abraham Verghese - American doctor and author
  • K. M. Cherian -Indian heart-surgeon
  • Paul Antony - American physician
  • Ajit Varki - Physician-scientist

Judicial and Government Service

  • Verghese Kurien - Founder of Amul and father of the Indian White Revolution
  • Anna Chandy - First woman judge of an Indian High Court
  • Ravi J. Matthai - Founding director of IIM Ahmedabad
  • K.T. Chandy - Founding director of IIM Calcutta
  • K.K. Mathew - Judge of the Supreme Court of India
  • Rachel Paulose - Youngest US woman attorney
  • Joy Cherian - First Asian American to serve on the EEOC
  • Peter Varghese - Director of the Office of National Assessments (Australia)
  • P K H Tharakan - Head of Research and Analysis Wing
  • Abraham George
  • Jacob Punnoose, DGP (Director General of Police) of Kerala, President's Police Medal (Distinguished Service) recipent
  • Alexander Jacob, IG of Kerala Police and Director of Kerala Police Academy, President's Police Medal (Meritorious Service)[7] recipent.[7]


  • St. Alphonsa - First saint from Syro Malabar Church
  • Servant of God Fr.Varghese Palakkappillil (Payyappilly)
  • Mar Thoma I, (1653-1670) - First bishop of the Malankara Church after Coonan Kurissu Sathyam.
  • Abraham Malpan, (1795-1845) - Leader of Reformation in Malankara Syrian Church.
  • Cheppad Philipose Mar Dionysius (1825-1855) - Mar Thoma XII. Malankara Metropolitan.
  • Mathews Mar Athanasius. (1818-1877) - Mar Thoma XIII. Malankara Metropolitan
  • Dr.Abraham Mar Thoma. (1917-1947) - Mar Thoma XVII. Metropolitan Bishop of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church
  • Dr.Juhanon Mar Thoma (1937-1976).- Mar Thoma XVIII. Metropolitan Bishop of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church
  • Dr.Alexander Mar Thoma. (1953-2000) - Mar Thoma XIX. Metropolitan Bishop of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church
  • Baselios Augen I 1964-1975 - Catholicos of the Syrian Orthodox Church
  • Gregorios Geevarghese - Saint Gregorios of Malankara Syrian Church
  • Joseph Cardinal Parekattil, - First cardinal from Syro Malabar Church
  • Antony Cardinal Padiyara - First Head and Major Archbishop of Syro Malabar Church
  • Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil - Head and Major Archbishop of Syro Malabar Church
  • Baselios Thomas I - Catholicos of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
  • Dr.Philipose Mar Chrysostom - Mar Thoma XX, Metropolitan Bishop of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church
  • Dr.Joseph Mar Thoma - Mar Thoma XXI.Metropolitan Bishop of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church
  • Mar Joseph Powathil - Former Archbishop of Changanacherry- Kerala
  • Rt. Rev.C.K.Jacob - CSI Bishop (First Indian Bishop in the CMS tradition)
  • Sebastian Kappen - Liberation theologian
  • K. V. Simon - Christian Poet and mahakavi
  • Mar Sebastian Mankuzhikary.(1818-1877) - First Bishop of Thamarasserry, orator and philosopher
  • Mathew Mankuzhikary. (1909 - 2003) - Pioneer of Parish Retreats in Kerala, Spiritual Guide of more than 1000 Catholic priests
  • Father V.C. Samuel - Theologian.
  • Dr. M.M. Thomas - Indian Christian theologian and former moderator of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches


  • George Abraham Thampy - Winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2000
  • Matthew Eappen - Baby who was murdered in the Louise Woodward case
  • Vinod Thomas - Director-General of Independent Evaluation Group), World Bank
  • M.O. Mathai - Private secretary to Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Anand Jon - American fashion designer and alleged serial rapist


  1. Poonen, Dr.T.I. Dutch Hegemony in Malabar and its Collapse. (1978). Page 201-203.
  2. Press list of Ancient Dutch Records- 1657-1825.
  3. Van Rheede, Adrian. Dutch Commandeur of Malabar from 1673 to 1677.
  4. Moens was the Dutch Governern of Malabar from 1771 to 1781.
  5. "Who’s Who of Members From Ist to 11th Kerala Legislative Assembly". Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  6. "Meena Alexander: Indian poet and teacher". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Police Medal Winners". Kerala Police. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
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