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post #1 of 27
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I cross-posted this from my due date club. I am pregant and due in December. My husband is Indian and we are thinking of naming the baby an Indian name. We want one that is pretty but also easy to remember and pronounce for non-indians. We don't know if the baby is a boy or a girl so I have a list of our top contenders for either. What do you think? Are these names too difficult? Any other suggestions?

Girls

Priyanka
Samira (has good nicknames, Sam, Sami, Mira)
Amrita (also has easy nickname, Rita)
Uma (my husband doesn't like, so probably won't happen)
Shyla
Roshni
Gita or Sangita (pronounced with a hard "g")

Boys

Dharmik (nickname Mik)
Prashant
Roshin
Sandeep (nickname Sunny)
Vikram (nicknam Vik)
Vivek
Deven
Jitendra
post #2 of 27
as a typical american, the names i find easy to pronounce and spell are:
girls-
samira (gorgeous name, i vote for it)
amrita
shyla

boys-
roshin (my favorite from your list)
vivek
deven
post #3 of 27
Umas my favorite.
post #4 of 27
ooh! ooooh! I'm desi! Well-- first gen american.

We have some of these in our family.
I love the name sangita, the meaning is beautiful. we sangi for short. (sounds like sungee)
Amrita-- means potion? we say Ami for short, sounds like (uh-mee). Alot of times people will pronounce her name Amy.
Roshini-- means light? we say Roshi (or Roshi-baby) for short. Priyanka-- priya for short. I think these two are the easiest names to say with an american accent. It sounds almost identical both ways.

Some how I don't like indian boys names that much -- I want to name my kid caleb.
post #5 of 27
Oooh, I vote for Priya! I always wanted to name a baby Priya (even though I'm not Indian), but it doesn't go with my husband's last name.

I think Shyla is gorgeous too!

I like Deven and Vikram most from your boys list.
post #6 of 27
I like Priya a lot....also Anjali, Padma, and even Indira (Indi for short!).

Boys, hmmm...
Anand, Arun, Vijay? I find boy names harder in general
post #7 of 27
How do you feel about religious names? Muslim/Hindu?
post #8 of 27
I'm Indian too! I like Shyla best from the girls names because it sounds Indo Western to me! I like Samira too. I don't have any favorites among the boys names.

Sahara
post #9 of 27
My friend (both he and his wife are Indian, living in the US) named their daughter Henna.
post #10 of 27

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Edited by RainCoastMama - 2/26/14 at 9:41pm
post #11 of 27
BTDT with trying to find a South Asian name that my side of the family could pronounce (the test was, if my Mom could pronounce it (almost) right, then anybody can!) From your list, I like Samira, Amrita, and Sangita for girls. RainCoast also mentioned Asha, which was the runner up for our daughter. For boys, I like Amit and Arun. From your list, I like (and find easy to pronounce) Roshin and Deven.

My DH was very focused on the meaning of the name as well (nothing flowery, no names/derivatives of gods, not to mention the generational issue)...so we went through A LOT of names. We ordered a book of Sanskrit names which gave us a list of less common names to choose from. We both fell in love with "Amiti", which means "without bounds".
post #12 of 27
names that are indian and western depending on how they are pronounced

trisha = wish/desire (nick name trish, pronounced more like tree with a soft t)
post #13 of 27
Don't know if this is Indian. But there is a singer named Devendra Banhart. I love him name... Devendra.
Oh and I've always liked Lakshmi for a girl. And Sadira.
post #14 of 27
Kiran is also nice for a boy.
post #15 of 27
What part of India is your dh from? There may be names that are unique to his language (of the many that are spoken in India). Maybe he would like to use one from his own language, or maybe he doesn't care. Also, if his family belongs to a particular religious heritage you want to probably try to keep the name agreeable to that. For example if they worship Vishnu as their main family God you don't want to give the baby a Saivite (those who worship Siva) name. If your dh's family is not that religious or they are more ecclectic within Hinduism then it doesn't matter as much.

I was going to use the name Easwaran for a boy (Easan for short) but we didn't have a boy.

My girls are Abirami Neha (Abi is her nickname) and Nitara Sivagami (called by her full name). I get compliments on the names all the time.

I got Nitara's name from a baby name website and instantly it spoke to me. Her name means "has deep roots." I knew a family whose dd was named Sitara and I really liked that name, too. It's a musical instrument. I like the name Veena too. Uma was on our list of names, Shanthi (glad we didn't use that because dd1 doesn't fit it!) . . there are so many nice names. Make sure you look at the meaning just as much as the sound of the name.

Does your dh or his family have any name suggestions? Abirami's name was for a temple goddess at an ancestral temple they have been visiting for generations. It means "powerful goddess" and everyone approved of the name. My dd2's middle name Sivagami is for another goddess at another temple, and it's also the name of a great grandmother who was reportedly a saint of a person.

Personally I don't like the idea of Westernizing a name too much. Like if you take someone named Hari and turn it into Harry, or Narayanan and turn it into Ryan. It's okay to shorten a name a bit, but keep it Indian if you are going to be giving the child an Indian name to begin with. Teach them to be proud of their Indian heritage, not obligated to hide it or turn it into a Western name when it's not. I mean, look at Obama. He didn't turn his name into anything else and he was elected president!! So there you go. You don't need to have an average Joe or Jane name to be successful.

Even my dd1's nickname Abi is said "AH-bee" not "Abby". I like the fact that their names are unique and pretty and they don't need to be changed. People have learned to say them.

Oh, and with the naming of my dd1 we went through SO many names. Dh couldn't up with a single one on his own, and he didn't like the ones I came up with. So what I did finally is made a list of 3 names that met his criteria, passed it by his mom, and then asked him to choose which one of the three he liked best. And that's how Abi got her name! With Nitara I just absolutely fell in love with her name and basically told him that's what her name was going to be. Luckily he agreed it was a very fine name.
post #16 of 27
I love Indian names!
my favorites are
Girls


Samira (has good nicknames, Sam, Sami, Mira)
Amrita (also has easy nickname, Rita)
Shyla
Roshni


Boys


Roshin
Deven
Jitendra

good luck!
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by USAmma View Post
What part of India is your dh from? There may be names that are unique to his language (of the many that are spoken in India). Maybe he would like to use one from his own language, or maybe he doesn't care. Also, if his family belongs to a particular religious heritage you want to probably try to keep the name agreeable to that. For example if they worship Vishnu as their main family God you don't want to give the baby a Saivite (those who worship Siva) name. If your dh's family is not that religious or they are more ecclectic within Hinduism then it doesn't matter as much.

I was going to use the name Easwaran for a boy (Easan for short) but we didn't have a boy.

My girls are Abirami Neha (Abi is her nickname) and Nitara Sivagami (called by her full name). I get compliments on the names all the time.

I got Nitara's name from a baby name website and instantly it spoke to me. Her name means "has deep roots." I knew a family whose dd was named Sitara and I really liked that name, too. It's a musical instrument. I like the name Veena too. Uma was on our list of names, Shanthi (glad we didn't use that because dd1 doesn't fit it!) . . there are so many nice names. Make sure you look at the meaning just as much as the sound of the name.

Does your dh or his family have any name suggestions? Abirami's name was for a temple goddess at an ancestral temple they have been visiting for generations. It means "powerful goddess" and everyone approved of the name. My dd2's middle name Sivagami is for another goddess at another temple, and it's also the name of a great grandmother who was reportedly a saint of a person.

Personally I don't like the idea of Westernizing a name too much. Like if you take someone named Hari and turn it into Harry, or Narayanan and turn it into Ryan. It's okay to shorten a name a bit, but keep it Indian if you are going to be giving the child an Indian name to begin with. Teach them to be proud of their Indian heritage, not obligated to hide it or turn it into a Western name when it's not. I mean, look at Obama. He didn't turn his name into anything else and he was elected president!! So there you go. You don't need to have an average Joe or Jane name to be successful.

Even my dd1's nickname Abi is said "AH-bee" not "Abby". I like the fact that their names are unique and pretty and they don't need to be changed. People have learned to say them.

Oh, and with the naming of my dd1 we went through SO many names. Dh couldn't up with a single one on his own, and he didn't like the ones I came up with. So what I did finally is made a list of 3 names that met his criteria, passed it by his mom, and then asked him to choose which one of the three he liked best. And that's how Abi got her name! With Nitara I just absolutely fell in love with her name and basically told him that's what her name was going to be. Luckily he agreed it was a very fine name.
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post #18 of 27
I love the names on your list, several of them are on my list too!

One thing to keep in mind is that pet names often have nothing to do with the proper name. My DH for example is called Joy, just because. So if you love a name, but also love a totally different pet name, there is no reason you can't use both. And If you love a name that might be difficult for westerners, you might consider doing what we plan on and giving two names, one Indian and one Western.

Boys names are really hard for me, after months of looking i finally decided I like Jivan, only to be told by DH that it's not sophisticated enough. Anyway, on your list I like Roshin. I sounds masculine without sounding harsh, and it's easy on the American tongue.

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I knew a family whose dd was named Sitara and I really liked that name, too. It's a musical instrument. I like the name Veena too.
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DH's granny is Bina, the Bengali spelling of the name. We would use the Hindi spelling to avoid the inevitable teasing that would come with a name that's too close to a mean thing to call Mexicans on the west-coast of the US, where we live.
post #19 of 27
oh... I like the name jivan alot.
post #20 of 27
Another desi here

Of your boy names I'm partial to Roshin and Devan, just b/c those were my top two picks for ds1 (but dh, Prashanth BTW!), overruled.

Of the girls names, I love Amrita.. but I've often heard it pronounced Am-reeta, instead of Um-r-i-ta. I don't like the mispronounced version and it would bother me if I heard people constantly saying it wrong. I'm weird like that.
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