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02-24-2012 05:28 AM
hotmama23

Congratulations for the baby on the way :)
Before I list some suggestions, make sure you choose a name that you like and try not to be too bothered with how others will pronounce it. If the name has sentimental meaning or you just like it, then there is always the possibility to abbreviate it. When my partner and I were on we befriended a now close friend of ours called Rahul, which I really like.

Names like Arran, Arun and Kiran also sound like English names too, so of course wouldn't be hard to remember. Devendra (or Dev), Devi and Raj are also very simple and nice too.

 

Have fun choosing!!

02-11-2012 06:01 AM
USAmma

Our boy name (that we didn't use because we had girls) was Easan. I like the American name Ethan and this was similar. Eashan is another variation.

01-30-2012 10:06 AM
mayaandx

I have two friends with boys named Aadi. Easy to pronounce for Americans, easier than some others mentioned.

Maya

01-29-2012 06:44 PM
rocketgirl96

I have a friend who just named her baby boy Neel.  It's pronounced like the American name "Neal" but it's spelled differently because Neel means blue and blue is a very lucky/symbolic color in Hinduism. I loved this!

 

 

01-29-2012 03:47 PM
Smithie

 

I know an Aditya. He's the only Indian kid in his class, and frankly, that name is a cross he didn't need to bear. 

01-25-2012 11:12 AM
TiredX2

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Originally Posted by ammcmaho View Post

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.

01-25-2012 11:08 AM
ammcmaho

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...

01-17-2012 07:18 PM
fairejour

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

01-17-2012 12:31 PM
TiredX2

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Originally Posted by Fuamami View Post

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


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Originally Posted by Smithie View Post

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. 

 

01-17-2012 11:53 AM
Newparent123

 

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.

02-19-2011 01:31 PM
Beppie

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!

02-16-2011 08:34 PM
creddy

 

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!!

 

 

 

 

 

02-10-2011 10:47 AM
milosmomma

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Originally Posted by capretta View Post

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 

02-10-2011 10:42 AM
umsami

Rahul

 

Vivik

 

Rohin

 

Pradeep

 

Brij

 

I really think that there are lots. :)

01-30-2011 10:51 AM
droolgoddess

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.

01-30-2011 10:09 AM
Super~Single~Mama

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)

01-29-2011 03:42 AM
Draupadi

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.

01-28-2011 12:37 PM
P.J. 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.

 

01-21-2011 02:04 PM
emilysmama

How about Varun?

01-20-2011 10:46 AM
Smithie

 

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

01-19-2011 07:07 PM
~Nancy~

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

01-16-2011 07:04 PM
Thparkly

Thanks everyone:-)

01-16-2011 06:54 PM
AtYourCervices

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

01-16-2011 06:07 PM
BubbleMa

When I was teaching, there was a boy in my class named Raj.  That's pretty simple, yet lovely.

01-16-2011 08:33 AM
capretta I knew a Nikhil (often went by Nik).
01-16-2011 08:13 AM
texmati

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.

01-16-2011 08:04 AM
tabrizia

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.

01-16-2011 05:39 AM
mommy2maya

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

01-15-2011 09:32 PM
marinak1977 Sumed (pron soo-med) or sumit are both simple and nice.
01-15-2011 09:27 PM
Fuamami

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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