In addition to teak, which provides the bulk of the revenue, the most valuable woods are sha or cutch, india rubber, pyingado, or ironwood for railway sleepers, and padauk.
From such names it is only a step to names of one element, a characteristic feature of which is the frequent addition of an ending -turn (feminine), an, a, um, atum, atija, sha, &c., most of these being " hypocoristic affixes," corresponding in a measure to modern pet-names.
Another poet, A`sha (q.v.), followed his example.
I certainly sha n't judge your ancestors for (presumably) trying to make things easier.
Tho I probably sha n't let him get a word in edgeways.