Kamaraj was born on 15 July 1903 to Kumarasamy and Sivagami Ammal at Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu. His name was originally Kamatchi, later changed to Kamarajar. His father Kumarasamy was a merchant. In 1907, four years after the birth of Kamaraj, his sister Nagammal was born. Kamaraj went to a traditional school when he was 5 years old (1907) and in 1908 he was admitted to Yenadhi Narayana Vidhya Salai. In 1909 Kamaraj was admitted in Virudupatti High School. Kamaraj’s father died when he was six years old, his mother was forced to support the family. In 1914 Kamaraj dropped out of school to support his mother.