Chalappuram Family History
The Chalappuram Family is believed to have originated from Chalappuram (a city in the Kozhikode District, Kerala, India). Chalappuram family members moved from [Kozhikode] to [Mulakkulam] to [Mulanthuruthy].
Since the Chalappuram Family is very large and its members are spread throughout Kerala, we are divided into 3 branches by geographical location. The three branches are Mulakulam, Mulanthuruthy, and Maneed. Varkey Chalappuram’s father was from the [Mulakulam] branch of the Chalappuram Family. Unfortunately, at the moment, we have very little or no information about the [Mulakulam] branch of the Chalappuram Family (Varkey’s ancestors and siblings), except for limited information on one of Varkey's brothers, who married from the Pavoodath House [Mulanthuruthy]. When we get more information, we will update the website with information from the [Mulakulam] branch of the family. Varkey Chalappuram's descendants belong to the [Mulanthuruthy] and [Maneed] branch of the Chalappuram Family.
Varkey Chalappuram had six sons and one daughter. They are (from oldest to youngest):
|Mathu||Chalappuram - Thuruthel||[Vettithara]|
|Rev. Fr. GeeVarghese||Chalappuram||[Mulanthuruthy]|
|Chacko||Chalappuram - Cherumattathil||[Maneed]|
|Uthuppunni||Chalappuram - Madurakkottil||[Maneed]|
The members of the Chalappuram Family and its name are believed to have originated from the city of [Chalappuram] in [Kozhikode] District. Currently, we are located mainly in seven locations: Mulakkulam, Mulanthuruthy, Vettickal, Varikoli, Vettithara, Maneed, and Malabar. The Chalappuram Kudumbayogam (reunion of the Chalappuram Family) is held annually in May. The first meeting of the Kudumbayogam was held on May 10th, 1995 at the Rev. Fr. GeeVarghese Memorial High School [Karikkodu]. Very Rev. Fr. GeeVarghese Mathu Thuruthel was the first president of the Kudumbayogam. The current president is Rev. Fr. George C. Chalappuram.
The Chalappuram [Mulakkulam] House is located in [Kottayam] District. It is near the Rev. Fr. GeeVarghese Chalappuram Memorial High School, [Karikkodu] near [Mulakkulam]. Rev. Fr. George C. Chalappuram is currently living there. The Chalappuram [Mulanthuruthy] House is located near the Mulanthuruthy Railway Station, in [Ernakulam] District. Joseph Varghese Chalappuram was last living there.
Chalappuram and The Church
Throughout the Chalappuram Family’s history, there have been 40 plus Syriac Orthodox priests. Among them was the most respected Very Rev. Fr. Yakob Ramban, who served as the secretary of Parumala Kochu Thirumeni. He was laid to rest at the Vettickal Dayara on 1913. During the 1970’s, there were five living priests in the Chalappuram Family. Their names were: Rev. Fr. GeeVarghese Chalappuram [Mulakkulam], Rev. Fr. GeeVarghese Chalappuram [Mulamthuruthy], Very Rev. Fr. GeeVarghese Mathu Thuruthel [Vettithara], Rev. Fr. Abraham Mathai Chalappuram [Varikkoli], and Rev. Fr. George C. Chalappuram [Mulakkulam].
There are two living priests in the family now: Rev. Fr. George C. Chalappuram [Mulakkulam] and Rev. Fr. Mathews Chalappuram [Mulakkulam]. To learn more about the church, click here.