I need something that most Americans won't find too difficult to pronounce or remember.
Any ideas welcome.
Any links or books appreciated.
I like "Sunil" and "Dev".
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Are all fairly easy to pronounce and not too strange to the American ear. We used Kiran as DS' middle name and newbie's middle name will be Mohan, it would have been Rohan, but DH's Great-Grandfather was Mohan so we decided to use that instead.
Rohan is one of my favorites--
TBH, I wouldn't worry so much about pronouncability. People are used to indian names in the us these days it seems.
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We named our boys Sai and Jaymin.
A few more:
Here is a web site, that allows you to search for Indian baby names that are easily pronounced by foreigners:
Niketan (nik-EE-tahn), Nik for short
there are loads of others I can't think of right now, but already mentioned are Nikhil, Vikram and Raj. I also know a guy whose name is Krishna and he is called Krish, which I love. Actually, lots of Indian names are pretty simple and easy to pronounce.
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My friends baby is named "Millan" (Mil-uhn) - I think its hindu for solidarity or unity - I love the name. (She's Indian, her husband is Italian - but I'm almost positive this name is Indian)
when i was teaching preschool a number of years ago, there was a little boy in my class named Surya. it's a unisex hindu name meaning sun. another hindu name meaning sun, and meant for a boy is Ravi. both are easy to pronounce.
For us, we knew his name would be Rajesh from even before we conceived him, but there's PLENTY of names to chose from and many of them have wonderful meanings!
Sameer "Sam" (both Hindu & Muslim)
Naveen (one of my favorites)
Hope that helps!!
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How about "Anesh"? My sister dated a boy who's name was "Vinesh" but his family/friends all called him "Rishi"
I have three children with Hindi names, but they are all girls, so no help there!
Here are some suggestions:
Check out this really cool iPhone app for Indian baby names. Its called Namika and is available for download from the app store:
Tons of lovely indian baby names. Also, it has features such as marking favorites and sharing favorites with friends via email.
These were the first two that came to mind. Sidarth is fairly popular where we live.
I would say the following are most often mispronounced: Koran, Vedantha, Kishan.
we wanted named that were a blend of cultures and also, in my opinion, many of the boy names in India "sound" feminine to my midwestern family... Aditya, Pradhi... stuff like that...
That caused a big shift in my thinking with names. Aditya is also a name I (incorrectly) assumed would be a girls name. There were a few others, but if I were to pick and Indian name for use the U.S. for a boy, I would avoid ending with either the "a" or "ee" because those are so often girl names here.