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#1 of 35 Old 01-15-2011, 06:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I need something that most Americans won't find too difficult to pronounce or remember.

Any ideas welcome.

 

Any links or books appreciated.

 

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BTW it is a boy's name Im looking for:-0

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Rohan and Manish are favorites among frineds
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I like "Sunil" and "Dev".


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Aneil

Taran

Tej (pron Tage)

Ajay

Dhani

Vikash (Vik)

Kal

Kailash (shortened to Kyle)

Jai (pron Jay)

 

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We have a friend named Tej and they pronounce it Thage, so maybe that's an alternate friendly name? I also like Vijay, and think most americans would be comfortable with that.


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Sumed (pron soo-med) or sumit are both simple and nice.

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My friend's son is named Vikram, it's plenty easy enough for English pronunciation.

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Arun

Kiran

Rohan

Prem

Ravi

Sunil

Tarun

 

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.


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Rohan is one of my favorites--

 

Devin

Aaran

 

 

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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I knew a Nikhil (often went by Nik).
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When I was teaching, there was a boy in my class named Raj.  That's pretty simple, yet lovely.


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I used to date a guy named "Suresh". Awesome guy. Awesome name.

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Thanks everyone:-)

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We named our boys Sai and Jaymin. 

 

A few more:

Dillon (Dylan)

Shan (Shawn)

Kiran

Chethan (Kathan)

 

Here is a web site, that allows you to search for Indian baby names that are easily pronounced by foreigners:

 

http://www.indiaparenting.com/names/index.shtml

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I find that white folks (like me!) are pretty good at spelling and pronouncing Sanjay. 

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How about Varun?

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Khirad (KEE-rod)
Bashir (bah-SHEER)
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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How about Arjun? My son has a classmate who has that name. It's such a strong and respectable name since Arjun was a mythical hero.


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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)

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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.

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Rahul

 

Vivik

 

Rohin

 

Pradeep

 

Brij

 

I really think that there are lots. :)


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I knew a Nikhil (often went by Nik).


 This is my friends' son's name and it's worked really well for them.

 

I also like Sanjay & Raj 


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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! 

 

Mahesh

Rajesh  "Raj"

Rajeev

Ramesh  "Ram"

Kumar

Jayesh   "Jay"

Sameer "Sam" (both Hindu & Muslim)

Anil

Amit

Anand

Naveen (one of my favorites)

Suresh

Satish 

Aditya "Adi"

Vijay 

Vikram "Vik"

Vimal

Barat

Deepak

Gopal

Hari 

Nikash  "Nik"

Mohan

Pradhi

Prakash

Prasad

 

 

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!


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Here are some suggestions:

 

Ved

Ronav

Sameer

Vimal

Tej

 

Check out this really cool iPhone app for Indian baby names. Its called Namika and is available for download from the app store:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/namika/id492292056?mt=8

Tons of lovely indian baby names. Also, it has features such as marking favorites and sharing favorites with friends via email.

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 I also like Vijay, and think most americans would be comfortable with that.


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I find that white folks (like me!) are pretty good at spelling and pronouncing Sanjay. 



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. 

 


 

 

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Had a student in my called named Soham. Had no trouble with it.

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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...


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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.


 

 

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