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I'm 4th gen American of European descent and my husband came to the USA from North India to finish school when we met.  

 

I want our kids to be able to put their names on a resume and/or executive office door and not give pause to anyone.  I don't want a name that screams Indian OR American, either, but want a name that recognizable/friendly to Indians.

 

The girl names I like are all frilly, lengthy, or very exotic, and none have a decent nickname.

 

Example:  My favorite Indian girl's name is Karthiaeini.  Sigh.  I had to look up the spelling again.  LOL

 

Pronounced Kar-tee-ay-inee, and the r is rolled obviously.  If I change it to Karthayini or Karthaeni, it's missing a lovely syllable, but is at least easier to pronounce, but still extremely unusual and very intimidating to most Americans.  

 

 

I looked for a name that is Indian but also from other cultures and also known here in the USA, and the only one I've found that I like is Sonia.  But to me it's just not nearly as special, and I don'y want to feel like I am compromising.

 

Maybe I just haven't found THE name yet.  Aside from http://www.indianhindunames.com, any advice on a good source of Indian/sanskrit names would be appreciated.

 

Any input on how you felt later if you DID decide to compromise on a choosing name for practical reasons is also apprec.

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My suggestions are pretty short. Maybe you can indulge your desire for a longer/frillier name w/ the middle name?

 

I checked some ideas here:

http://www.modernindianbabynames.com/namesearch

 

Tara?
 

It's both a common Irish-American name and an Indian girl's name.

 

Sara?

Also common name in the USA and is also a Hindi girl's name

 

Ela?  [to make the spelling more English, spell it Ella?]

 

Uma?

Uma Thurman the actress made that name more common in the USA.

 

I think any of the above names could be combined with Karthaeni and then on an office door or name card could read:

 

 Tara K.  ________ or   or Sara K.  ________ or Uma K. __________

 

 

Other places to look:

http://www.indiaparenting.com/babynames/hindu-girl-names.php

 

http://www.indian-baby-names.in/

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No idea how "tough" these are to American tongue, just some names I feel "may be" easy :) All of these are people/babies I know who are in USA.

 

Shahana

Brishti

Toshani

Ariaana

Mayitree

Nupur

Jhumpa

 

 

Some other names I feel are less beautiful because they are common, but maybe you like :

Aparna

Riya

Sohani

 

 

HTH!


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No idea how "tough" these are to American tongue, just some names I feel "may be" easy :) All of these are people/babies I know who are in USA.

 

Shahana

Brishti

Toshani

Ariaana

Mayitree

Nupur

Jhumpa

 

 

Some other names I feel are less beautiful because they are common, but maybe you like :

Aparna

Riya

Sohani

 

 

HTH!

 

I've always liked Arianna (or any variation of the spelling), but I would avoid any name with the word "hump" in it... that might just be asking to be bullied winky.gif

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redface.gif Good point, I was thinking of 2000 Pulitzer prize winner, author Jhumpa Lahiri.

 

Kids find a way to bully the best of names greensad.gif


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My second child's name is Nitara. It means "has deep roots." I thought it was fitting given our mixed culture marriage.  She always gets compliments on it. Never has it been made fun of, and people mostly say it the right way the first time. Her nicknames are NiNi and Nita, but when she started school I asked her if she wanted to go by a nickname or her full name. She chose to go by her full name because she said, "it's pretty."

 

My other daughter's name is Abirami-- but we call her Abi. It means "powerful goddess" and it totally fits her. She gets called Abby a lot but it hasn't been a huge deal. She also likes her name a lot. I changed the spelling which translated would have been Abhiraami. 

 Feel free to copy if you want. :-) I actually chose that name in part because I met a person named Sitara and thought it was was lovely. I also like Meena a lot.


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I am not Indian nor do I have any Indian connection, so I am kind of threadbombing here... I went to high school with an Indian girl named Malini. We're now friends on Facebook and she recently had a daughter and named her Karina. (I'm gonna be entertained if she is on MDC as well and recognizes herself in this post.) I think both their names work well in English and are not difficult for English speakers.  

 

Then there's Indira. Former prime minister, not a bad role model for a little girl. And also not a challenging name in English.  

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Don't know if you had your baby yet, but I grew up with a girl from India named Sana.  Her sister's name is Maimuna.  Not sure of the spelling on that but it's pronounced May-Moon-uh and her nn was May.  Erigeron, it would be funny if either of them are on MDC!

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Sana is nice! :-) I also like Diya-- forgot that one in the last post.


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Anjali

Sheela

Dhyana

Lalita/Lalitha

Aarthi

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Oh, also 

Nasreen

This is more Persian but also Bangladeshi/Pakistani

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