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Gender: M Meaning of Bodhi: "awakening, enlightenment" Origin of Bodhi: Sanskrit Bodhi's Popularity in 2014: #615

A surprise success in the baby name world, Bodhi is a Sanskrit name translated as "enlightenment" or "awakening" which relates to a Buddhist concept, wherein Bodhi is synonymous with the state of nirvana, being freed from hate, greed and ego. The Bodhi tree is a large fig tree under which the founder of Buddhism received enlightenment.

Bodhi has recently been appearing as a baby name in the American celebrisphere, first heard via Bodhi Elfman, husband of Jenna. Since then it has been used by four celebrity couples as the first name for their sons, and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio as the middle name for his boy, Luka. Carly Simon and James Taylor have a grandson named Bodhi. And who remembers that it was the name of the Patrick Swayze character in the 1991 film "Point Break"?

As opposed to some other religious and spiritual names, Bodhi has an upbeat, friendly feel, similar to that of Brody and Cody.

Famous People Named Bodhi

Bodhi Pine Elfman, American actor
Bodhi Jones, Canadian singer-songwriter
Luka Bodhi Colicchio, son of celebrity chef Tom Colicchio
Bodhi Hawn (2010), son of actor Oliver Hudson, grandson of actress Goldie Hawn
Bodhi Russell (b. 2005), son of actors Brad Silberling and Amy Brenneman
Bodhi Rain Palmer (b. 2014), son of Teresa Palmer and Mark Webber
Bodhi Ransom Green (b.2014), son of actors Megan Fox & Brian-Austin Green
Bodhi Ryan Miller (b. 2015), son of Ryan Miller and Noureen DeWulf
Bodhi, son of guitarist Hendrix Leon of The Modern Commune Kids
Bodhi Jameson Rein (b. 2015), daughter of singer Bobby Brown

Pop Culture References for the name Bodhi

Bodhi, character in the Riley Bloom series by Alyson Noel
Bodhi, main character in the movie "Point Break"
"Bodhi and Friends: Space Squad," Chinese animated series
Bodhi Saxon Feldstein - Son of Edward & Amy Feldstein