Tel: ఒంగోలు oṅgōlu

‘Crooked Town’ [Gundigapuri, Vangalaprolu, Vangavolu, Vangolu] City, Andhra Pradesh

From Tel: vanka/vaṅgu/vangi, ‘crooked’, ‘bent’; or Vanga(la); and Tel: prolu→v(r)olu →olu, ‘(tax) district’, ‘town’, ‘city’.

Vangala may have been the name of a Chief or Minister.

‘Crooked’ or ‘bent’ probably describes a river, street, path or road rather than the local politics.

Ongole is famous for its locally bred cattle [Bos Indicus], which have a reputation for physical strength and resistance to a wide range of cattle diseases.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Andhra Pradesh place names.