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:
As many Indian names are, Amala is derived from Sanskrit and means clean, pure.
This name comes from Sanskrit and means minuteness.
The first male name of the list, he means supreme, paramount in Sanskrit.
The name of a Hindu ritual; in Sanskrit this names means honouring, praising.
She means earth in Sanskrit.
This name means moon and derives from a Sanskrit word meaning to shine.
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.
Derived from Sanskrit and meaning god.
DIPALI / DEEPALI
Spelt either way this name means row of lamps in Sanskrit.
This name means divine, heavenly in Sanskrit.
She means desire, wish in Sanskrit.
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.
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.
She means queen of Indra in Sanskrit. It is also the name of the Hindu goddess of jealousy and beauty.
A unisex name which means Indra of the thunderbolt.
She’s the Hawaiian form of Sarah, but she also means art form, virtue in Sanskrit.
She means lotus/ pale red in Sanskrit and is also the another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi and Durga.
She means desired, beautiful in Sanskrit.
She means miracle in Sanskrit.
This is the name of a river in the south of India.
This name means dark/ black in Sanskrit and is the name of a Hindu god.
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.
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.
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.