Indian Names

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I’ve been playing Pokemon quite a bit recently, and in my current Leaf Green game the above is my current line up of Pokemon. As you can see, bar James the Pikachu who is specifically named after a good friend, I’ve taken to giving them all names with an Indian flair to them.

Following on from that thought, here is a list of some of my favourite Indian names:

AMALA

As many Indian names are, Amala is derived from Sanskrit and means clean, pure.

ANIMA

This name comes from Sanskrit and means minuteness.

ANISH

The first male name of the list, he means supreme, paramount in Sanskrit.

ARCHANA

The name of a Hindu ritual; in Sanskrit this names means honouring, praising.

AVANI

She means earth in Sanskrit.

CHANDRA

This name means moon and derives from a Sanskrit word meaning to shine.

BRAHMA

Meaning prayer in Sanskrit, this is the name of a Hindu god who is seen as the creator and director of the universe and the balance between the opposing forces of Vishnu and Shiva.

DEV

Derived from Sanskrit and meaning god.

DIPALI / DEEPALI

Spelt either way this name means row of lamps in Sanskrit.

DIVYA

This name means divine, heavenly in Sanskrit.

ESHA

She means desire, wish in Sanskrit.

INDIRA

She means beauty in Sanskrit and was the name of India’s first female prime minister, Indira Gandhi. It is also another name for the wife of Hindu god Vishnu, also known as Lakshmi.

INDRA

This name has perhaps one of my favourite meanings: he means possessing drops of rain in Sanskrit. It is also the name of an ancient Hindu warrior god associated with the sky and rain.

INDRANI

She means queen of Indra in Sanskrit. It is also the name of the Hindu goddess of jealousy and beauty.

JASWINDER

A unisex name which means Indra of the thunderbolt.

KALA

She’s the Hawaiian form of Sarah, but she also means art form, virtue in Sanskrit.

KAMALA

She means lotus/ pale red in Sanskrit and is also the another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi and Durga.

KANTA

She means desired, beautiful in Sanskrit.

KARISHMA

She means miracle in Sanskrit.

KAVERI

This is the name of a river in the south of India.

KIRAN

A unisex name, of which I actually know a girl who wears it. The name is derived from a Sanskrit word which can mean either dust, thread or sunbeam. 

KRISHNA

This name means dark/ black in Sanskrit and is the name of a Hindu god.

NANDA

Perhaps easily mistaken for popular restaurant franchise Nandos, Nanda means joy in Sanskrit. Various characters in Indian texts, including Vishnu and the foster father of Krishna are known by this name. There was also the 4th century BC King Nanda who founded a dynasty in the Magadha region of India.

PADMA

I have a lot of time for this name, which means lotus in Sanskrit. The symbol of the lotus is immensely important in the Hindu tradition and is primarily associated with beauty and non-attachment. The goddess Lakshmi and Rama were known by the name Padma in Hindu texts.

SKANDA

This name means spurting/ spilling in Sanskrit. According to Hindu beliefs, it is the name of the god of war who was also known by Kartikeya and Murugan.

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