The name Chennai is a shortened form of Chennapattanam, the name of the town that grew around Fort St. George,
which was built by the English in 1639. There are two versions about the origin of the name Chennapattanam:
according to one version, Chennapattanam was named after the Telugu ruler Damarla Chennappa Nayakudu, Nayaka of
Kalahasthi and Vandavasi, father of Damarla Venkatadri Nayakudu, from whom the English acquired the town in 1639.
The first official use of the name Chennai is said to be in a sale deed, dated 8 August 1639, to Francis Day of the English East
India Company. According to the second account, Chennapattanam was named after the Chenna Kesava Perumal Temple;