Unni is used as a first name in Kerala, India. In the Malayalam language, it is also used as an adjective meaning an infant boy. Thus, Unnikrishnan means Lord Krishna in the infant form and Unniyesu means Yesu (Jesus in Malayalam) in the infant form. The word is also the name of a caste among Hindus in the Southern India State of Kerala.
Unni is a sub-group of Pushpaka Brahmin, which comes under the Pancha-Dravida regional group of Brahmins. They belong to the Viswamitra Gotram. They wear the sacred thread " Yajñopavītam" (Pūnūl) and adhere to the ' Gayatri mantra'. They follow makkattayam ( patrilineal) heritage system.
Saint Unni was an archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen (916–936). He died as a missionary in Birka in Sweden, where he tried to continue Ansgar's work.
According to Adam of Bremen, his body was buried in Birka, but his head was entombed in Bremen Cathedral. When the altar was taken down in 1840, a leaden plate was found with the inscription "VNNIS ARCHIEP(is)-C(opus)". After Ansgar and Rimbert of Turholt, epithetisedApostle of the North and second Apostle of the North, Unni is revered as third Apostle of the North and as Saint.
Unni is a 2007 Malayalam-language Indian feature film directed by Murali Nair, starring Ajith, Sarath Kumar in lead roles.
Unni is a 1989 Malayalam-language Indian feature film directed by G. Aravindan, starring Shankar Panicker, Shobana in lead roles.