A Brahmin family of Kodungalloor converted
to Christianity by the Apostle St. Thomas in the first century A.D. Fled Kodungalloor in the 4th century A.D., eventually
settled down in Kuravilandadu, and at some point received the title of Arkadiyakon (Arch Deacon) meaning Karthavyan which
transformed into Kathanar, denoting church and community dealership.