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Gender: M Meaning of Bodhi: "awakening, enlightenment" Origin of Bodhi: Sanskrit Bodhi's Popularity in 2012: #894

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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.

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Famous People Named Bodhi

Bodhi Elfman, American actor
Bodhi Hawn (2010), son of Oliver Hudson, grandson of Goldie Hawn
Bodhi Russell (b. 2005), son of Brad Silberling and Amy Brenneman
Bodhi Rain Palmer (b. 2014), son of Teresa Palmer and Mark Webber
Bodhi Ransom Green (b.2014), son of Megan Fox & Brian-Austin Green

Pop Culture References for the Name Bodhi

Bodhi, name of Joey's sister's partner/lover on Dawson's Creek
Bodhi, character from the book Radiant
Bodhi, name of Patrick Swayze's character in the movie "Point Break"