Indian Baby Names

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Although there are scores of languages in India, many names tend to be common since they originate from Sanskrit. The Indian experience shows that long names, however beautiful, soon get cropped into short nick names. In light of this, parents might want to choose from these lists of names that are just two to three syllables long.

Indian Baby Boy Names

Indians names for boys stem mainly from names of gods. The next preference is for names describing positive qualities or nature.

Abhay (Ah-ba-hai) - fearless

Aditya (Ah-dhe-thya) - sun

Ajay (Aa-jey) - invincible

Ajit (Aa-jee-th) - unconquerable

Akhilesh (Aa-key-lesh) - lord of the universe

Alok (Ah-lokh) - victory cry

Amal (A-mal) - bright

Amar (A-maar) - immortal

Ambar (Ahm-bhar) - sky

Ameya (Ah-me-yai) - boundless

Amish (Ah-meesh) - honest

Amit (Ah-meeth) - endless

Amol (Ah-mohl) - priceless

Anant (An-han-th) - infinite

Anantram (An-han-th-rahm) - eternal god

Anil (Ah-neil) - god of wind

Anish (Ah-neesh) - supreme

Anurag (A-noo-rahg) - devotion

Anshul (An-schul) - radiant

Arjun (Arr-joon) - peacock

Arnav (Arr-nev) - ocean

Ashwatthama (Aash-va-thaa-ma) - angry

Ashwini (Aash-we-nee) - a constellation

Atul (Ah-thul) - matchless

Avanish (Ava-neesh) - god of the earth

Baldev (Bhal-dev) - godlike power

Balaaditya (Baal-ah-dhe-thya) - young sun

Balachandra (Baala-chan-dhra) - young moon

Balamohan (Baala-mo-huhn) - attractive

Bansi (Bun-see) - flute

Bhanuprasad (Baan-u-pre-saad) - gift of sun

Bharadwaj (Bha-radh-vahj) - lucky bird

Bhavesh (Baa-waya-sh) - lord of the world

Bhupendra (Boo-pain-dhra) - king of kings

Bhudev (Boo-dev) - lord of the earth

Bhushan (Boo-sha-huhn) - ornament

Bindusar (Bin-doo-sur) - pearl

Buddhadev (Boo-dah-dev) - wise

Chaitanya (Chai-than-yai) - knowledge

Chaman (Cha-mahn) - garden

Chandan (Chan-dhahn) - sandalwood

Chapal (Cha-pel) - quick

Charan (Cha-ruhn) - feet

Charudutta (Chaa-roo-da-tha) - born of beauty

Chetan (Chia-thuhn) - life

Chinmay (Chin-mai) - full of knowledge

Chiranjeev (Chee-run-gev) - long-lived

Chudamani (Chu-dha-muhn-ee) - crest jewel

Darpak (Dhar-puk) - god of love

Deepak (Dee-puk) - lamp

Devdas (Dev-daas) - servant of god

Devraj (Dev- rahj) - king of gods

Dhananjay (Dha-nun-jai) - wealthy

Dharma (Dhaar-ma) - religious law

Dhiren (Dhee-run) - strongest

Dhruv (Dh-roo) - pole star

Duranjaya (Dhu-run-jai-a) - heroic son

Eknath (Eyk-naath) - poet

Gagan (Ga-guhn) - heaven

Gajendra (Ga-jane-dhra) - elephant king

Gaurang (Gau-rung) - fair in complexion

Gaurav (Gau-rhaav) - respect

Geet (Ge-th) - song

Gopan (Goo-pahn) - protection

Gunaratna (Gu-ne-rath-na) - jewel of virtue

Gulab (Gu-laab) - rose

Guru (Gu-roo) - teacher

Harsha (Haar-sha) - delight

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Harshad (Haar-shaad) - pleasure

Harshul (Haar-shul) - deer

Hemadri (Hi-muh-dhri) - mountain of gold

Hemant (Hi-muhnth) - one of the seasons

Hemachandra (Hi-muh-chan-dhra) - golden moon

Hiranya (He-run-yah) - wealth

Ikshu (Eek-shoo) - sugarcane

Indeever (In-dhee-ver) - blue lotus

Indraneel (In-dhra-neil) - emerald

Ishwar (Ee-sh-var) - powerful

Jagadhish (Juhg-a-dheesh) - lord of the world

Janak (Jah-nak) - creator

Janardan (Ja-naar-dhan) - helper

Jasraj (Jus-rahj) - king of fame

Jaswant (Jus-van-th) - victorious

Jeevan (Ji-van) - life

Jishnu (Jish-noo) - triumphant

Kalidas (Kaa-li-daas) - poet

Kamadev (Kha-ma-dev) - god of love

Kamal (Kha-muhl) - lotus

Kanan (Kan-hahn) - forest

Kavi (Ka-we) - wise man

Kaushal (Kou-shal) - clever

Lakshman (Luck-sh-muhn)- prosperous

Madan (Ma-dh-aan) - cupid

Madhav (Maa-dhav) - like honey

Mahabala (Ma-ha-ba-lah) - great strength

Maheepati (Muh-ha-pa-thi) - king

Maitreya (Mahy-thri-a) - friend

Makarand (Makha-ruhnd) - bee

Mandhatri (Muhn-dah-thri) - prince

Manindra (Muhn-in-dhra) - diamond

Manprasad (Muhn-pre-saad) - calm

Manu (Muhn-noo) - founder father of humans

Mareechi (Mah-reech-e) - ray of light

Matsendra (Maht-san-dhra) - king of the fishes

Meghnad (Meg-nah-dah) - thunder

Mithil (Me-thil) - kingdom

Mohan (Mo-huhn) - charming

Monish (Mo-ne-esh) - lord of mind

Mukunda (Mu-kuhn-dha) - freedom giver

Nachiketa (Naa-chi-key-tha) - fire

Nanda (Nuhn-dha) - achiever

Narhari (Nar-hur-ee) - man-lion

Narottam (Nar-ho-tham) - best among men

Nartan (Nar-tahn) - dance

Narmad (Nar-mah-de) - bringing delight

Naveen (Na-ween) - new

Neelam (Nee-lahm) - emerald

Nihar (Ne-har) - mist

Nikhil (Nee-khil) - complete

Nilay (Ne-lahy) - heaven

Ninad (Ne-nahd) - gentle water sound

Nirmal (Neer-muhl) - pure

Nirav (Ne-rahv) - silent

Nishit (Nish-eeth) - midnight

Niteesh (Ne-teesh) - god of law

Ojas (Oo-jahs) - body strength

Oojam (Oo-juhm) - enthusiasm

Oorjit (Oorh-jeeth) - powerful

Paramartha (Purha-mar-tha) - highest truth

Paramjeet (Purham-jeet) - the highest success

Paritosh (Purhi-thosh) - contentment

Paresh (Purh-esh) - supreme spirit

Pavan (Pah-vahn) - wind

Prabhat (Prah-bhath) - dawn

Prabir (Prah-beer) - hero

Prabodh (Prah-boodh) - sound advice

Prajeet (Prah-je-th) - victorious

Pramath (Prah-mahth) - horse

Pramit (Prah-mehth) - consciousness

Pranay (Prah-nai) - romance

Pratap (Prah-thap) - majesty

Pratosh (Prah-thoosh) - extreme delight

Praveen (Prah-vehn) - expert

Pravar (Prah-vhar) - chief

Preetish (Pree-th-eesh) - god of love

Prithviraj (Pree-th-wee-rahj) - king of the earth

Purumitra (Poo-roo-mee-thra) - friend of city

Purujit (Puh-roo-je-th) - city conqueror

Raj (Ra-hj) - king

Indian mom kissing baby boy

Rajesh (Ra-hj-esh) - god of kings

Ram (Rahm) - charming

Ravi (Ra-wee) - sun

Rishabh (Reh-sha-bah) - morality

Rupak (Roo-puk) - sign

Rupin (Roo-pin) - embodied beauty

Rujul (Roo-juhl) - honest

Sagar (Sah-gar) - ocean

Samir (Sah-meer) - wind

Samrat (Sah-mah-rath) - emperor

Sapan (Sah-pahn) - dream

Sarasvat (Sah-ras-vhat) - learned

Satish (Sah-theesh) - ruler of hundreds

Saurav (Sauh-rhav) - celestial

Shailendra (Shahy-leyn-dhra) - king of mountains

Shakunt (Shah-kuhn-th) - blue jay

Shashwat (Shah-sh-vath) - continuous

Shashank (Shah-shan-kh) - moon

Shardul (Shar-dhul) - tiger

Sheil (Shee-l) - mountain

Shiv (Shee-v) - lucky

Shyam (She-yahm) - dark blue

Sohan (So-hahn) - good-looking

Snehal (Sney-hal) - friendly

Subodh (Soo-boodh) - easily understood

Sudesha (Soo-deh-sha) - good country

Sudhir (Soo-di-heer) - brave

Sukumar (Soo-koo-mahr) - handsome

Sulalit (Soo-lah-lith) - graceful

Suvrata (Sooh-rah-tha) - strict in religious vows

Swagat (Swah-gaht) - welcome

Swaraj (Swah-rahj) - liberty

Tarun (Tah-ruhn) - young

Tapan (Tah-pahn) - summer

Tarang (Tah-ruhng) - wave

Tej (Teh-hj) - lustrous

Teerth (Teeh-rth) - holy place

Udit (Ooh-dhith) - shining

Umang (Ooh-muhng) - enthusiasm

Uttam (Ooh-tham) - best

Utpal (Ooh-th-phal) - water lily

Vaibhav (Vahy-bhaav) - richness

Vandan (Vahn-dhan) - salutation

Vasuman (Vah-su-muhn) - born of fire

Ved (Vehd) - sacred knowledge

Vikas (Wee-khas) - expanding

Vinay (Wee-nhay) - good manners

Vinod (Wee-nohd) - joyful

Vipul (Wee-puhl) - plenty

Vishal (Wee-shal) - huge

Vishva (Wee-sh-vah) - universe

Yash (Ya-sh) - glory

Yogesh (Yoo-geh-sh) - god of Yoga

Indian Baby Girl Names

Indian names for girls often come from goddesses. Just as with boys' names, others are about nature and positive qualities. In many cases the root of the name is the same; it is the suffix that differs. As examples, a lotus is Kamal for boys and Kamala for girls, or honey-like is Madhav for boys and Madhavi for girls.

Abhilasha (Ah-bee-la-sha) - desire

Abha (Uh-bhaa) - shine

Abhaya (Uh-ba-hai-a) - fearless

Aditi (Uh-dhe-thi) - mother of gods

Ahladita (Uh-laa-ditha) - happy

Ajala (Uh-jah-lah) - earth

Akhila (Uh-khi-lah) - complete

Akuti (Uhk-thi) - princess

Alka (Uhl-kha) - lock of curly hair

Alaknanda (Uhl-kha-nuhn-da) - flawless

Alpa (Uhl-pah) - little

Ambu (Uhm-bhoo) - water

Amshula (Uhm-shu-lah) - sunny

Amoda (Uhm-oo-dah) - happiness

Amrita (Uhm-rhi-tuh) - nectar

Anita (Uh-nee-tuh) - grace

Amulya (Uhm-uhl-ya) - priceless

Anchita (Uhn-chee-tha) - worshipped

Anjali (Uhn-jal-ee) - offering

Anupama (Uhn-oo-pah-ma) - unique

Anushri (Uhn-oo-sh-ree) - pretty

Anusha (Uhn-oo-sh-ah) - star

Apala (Uh-pah-la) - most beautiful

Archana (Arr-chahn-aa) - worship

Arati (Arr-ah-thi) - hymns

Aruna (Arr-oo-hna) - dawn

Asha (Aash-aa) - hope

Bakula (Bh-kh-oo-la) - flower

Bala (Baal-aa) - young girl

Bhagyalakshmi (Bha-gyah-luck-shmi) - goddess of wealth

Bhairavi (Bh-ay-ra-wee) - melody

Bhavya (Bhav-e-ah) - splendid

Bina (Bee-nah) - musical instrument

Chaitaly (Chai-thaa-lee) - name of an ancient city

Chandraki (Chan-dhraa-khi) - peacock

Charu (Chaa-roo) - attractive

Chhavvi (Cha-wee) - radiance

Chhaya (Cha-yah) - shadow

Chitragandha (Chee-thra-gahn-dha) - fragrance

Chinmayi (Cheen-mah-yee) - blissful

Damini (Dah-min-ee) - lightning

Darika (Dah-ree-kha) - maiden

Daya (Dah-yaa) - kindness

Deepika (Dee-pee-kha) - a little light

Dhanyata (Dha-nuh-ya-tha) - success

Dhriti (Dhe-rhe-thee) - courage

Divya (De-vh-ya) - heavenly

Dristi (Dhre-sh-tee) - sight

Ekta (Eyk-tha) - unity

Ela (E-la) - earth

Hamsa (Hham-sah) - swan

Hema (Hi-ma) - golden

Hita (Hee-tha) - lovable

Indukala (In-doo-ka-laa) - moonlight

Jagrati (Jag-rha-thi) - awakening

Jagadamba (Jagah-dham-bha) - mother of the world

Jaya (Jah-yaa) - victory

Jeevika (Jee-vik-aa) - water

Jyoti (Joh-thee) - flame

Kajal (Kha-jha-l) - eyeliner

Baby girl drinking milk from bottle

Kala (Ka-laa) - art

Kalpana (Khal-pha-naa) - imagination

Kalyani (Khal-yaa-nee) - fortunate

Kamna (Kha-mah-naa) - desire

Kamala (Kha-muhl) - lotus

Kamini (Kah-mi-nee) - woman

Kanchana (Kahn-cha-naa) - gold

Kanan (Kan-huhn) - forest

Kasturi (Khas-too-ree) - musk

Kavita (Kah-vee-tha) - poem

Keertana (Kee-rh-thanaa) - hymn

Kesar (Keh-sur) - lion

Kiran (Key-run) - ray of light

Kirti (Key-rh-thi) - fame

Kokila (Kohk-ee-la) - nightingale

Komal (Kho-muhl) - tender

Kshama (Kh-sh-mah) - forgiveness

Lalana (Lah-la-nah) - girl

Lata (Lah-tha) - vine

Lali (Lah-lee) - darling girl

Lavali (Luh-va-lee) - clove

Lavanya (Luh-vahn-yah) - grace

Leela (Leeh-lah) - amusement

Lochana (Lokh-ahna) - eye

Lona (Loh-na) - pretty

Madhu (Maa-dh-oo) - honey

Mahima (Mah-hea-muh) - greatness

Mala (Mah-lah) - necklace

Malati (Mah-luh-thi) - Jasmine

Mallika (Mah-li-kha) - queen

Mamata (Mah-ma-tha) - affection

Manini (Mah-ni-nee) - lady

Manik (Mah-nik) - gem

Manju (Mahn-joo) - dew drops

Marala (Mah-rah-lah) - swan

Mausumi (Mou-sa-mee) - monsoon wind

Maya (Mah-yah) - illusion

Medha (Meh-da-ha) - intelligence

Meena (Mee-nuh) - precious stone

Menaka (Meh-nuh-kha) - celestial damsel

Mohini (Moh-hee-nee) - bewitching

Mugdha (Mugh-dah) - spellbound

Nayana (Nahy-nah) - eyes

Namrata (Nahm-rah-tha) - modesty

Nanda (Nuhn-dha) - daughter

Nandini (Nuhn-dhe-nee) - a holy cow

Neelam (Nee-lahm) - sapphire

Neha (Neh-ha) - rain

Nidhi (Nee-dhee) - treasure

Nidra (Neh-dhra) - sleep

Nirupa (Neh-ruh-pah) - a decree

Nitya (Neh-th-yah) - eternal

Nupura (Noo-puh-rah) - anklet

Padmini (Pahd-mi-nee) - lotus pond

Pallavi (Pah-lah-wee) - new leaves

Pari (Pah-ree) - fairy

Pavana (Pah-vah-nah) - sacred

Payal (Pa-yul) - foot ornament

Pooja (Poo-jah) - prayer

Poonam (Poo-nahm) - full moon

Pragya (Pruhg-yah) - prowess

Pratibha (Pruh-thee-bha) - talent

Pratima (Pruh-theem) - icon

Prema (Preh-mah) - love

Prerana (Prey-rah-na) - inspiration

Punthali (Poon-tha-lee) - doll

Purva (Puhr-vah) - east

Rajata (Rah-jatha) - silver

Rakhi (Rha-khee) - bond of brother-sister

Ramita (Rah-mitha) - pleasing

Ranjana (Rahn-jahna) - entertainment

Rati (Rah-thee) - wife of cupid

Roshan (Roh-shuhn) - bright

Ruchi (Ruh-chee) - taste

Rupa (Ruh-pah) - beauty

Rujuta (Ruh-joo-tha) - sincerity

Sachita (Suh-chee-tha) - consciousness

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Sadhana (Suh-dha-na) - fulfillment

Saguna (Suh-guh-naa) - virtuous

Samiksha (Suh-meek-shaa) - analysis

Sandhya (Suhn-dhyaa) - evening

Sangita (Suhng-etha) - music

Sanjukta (Suhn-jook-tha) - union

Saphala (Suh-pha-laa) - successful

Sarala (Suh-rah-laa) - simple

Sarasvati (Suh-rahs-vathi) - goddess of learning

Saravati (Suh-rah-vathi) - river

Sarika (Suh-rhika) - parrot

Sashi (Suh-shee) - moon

Saumya (Sohm-yaa) - mild

Savarna (Suh-vahr-nah) - daughter of the ocean

Shaila (Shahy-lah) - mountain

Shanta (Shahn-tha) - peaceful

Sheetal (Shee-thal) - cool

Shobhna (Shoh-bahna) - ornamental

Shreya (Shree-yaa) - auspicious

Siddhi (See-dhee) - achievement

Smita (Smit-haa) - smile

Snigdha (Sneeg-dha) - smooth

Sonia (Soh-nyah) - golden

Subhaga (Soo-bha-gah) - fortunate

Sujata (Soo-jha-tha) - of good caste

Sushila (Soo-shee-lah) - good conduct

Tara (Tah-rah) - star

Teja (Teh-jaa) - radiant

Trishna (Three-sh-nah) - thirst

Tulasi (Too-las-ee) - sacred plant

Ulka (Ool-kha) - meteorite

Urmi (Oor-mee) - wave

Urja (Oor-ja) - energy

Ushma (Oo-sh-mah) - eat

Vandana (Vahn-dha-nah) - salute

Vanita (Vahn-ee-tha) - lady

Varuni (Vah-roo-nee) - a goddess

Vasanta (Vah-sahn-tha) - spring

Veena (Wee-nah) - musical instrument

Vidya (Wee-dhya) - wisdom

Vidhut (Wee-dh-oot) - electricity

Vijayalakshmi (Wee-jai-luck-shmee) - goddess of victory

Vinata (Wee-nee-tha) - humble

Yashila (Yah-shee-lah) - famous

Yogita (Yo-gee-tha) - one who can concentrate

Unisex Baby Names

Indian names have their share of unisex names just as any other culture and these are also popular. Examples from the lists above include :

  • Chandra
  • Sashi
  • Kanan
  • Madhu
  • Dharma
  • Nanda
  • Neelam
  • Roshan

What's In a Name?

When emigrants came over to America, many gave up their names along with their heritage for a fresh start in a brave new world. Today's parents can reclaim some of this lost lineage by using these traditional baby names.

Indian Baby Names