Cross Cultural Names
My husband and I are struggling to think of the perfect baby names for our baby due in October.
Our surname is Patel and my husband is of Indian descent. I'm English of Irish/English descent. We would like something that doesn't sound odd with the surname Patel but isn't strictly Indian because we want to reflect a British heritage too, in some respect.
We talked about Leo for a boy but it is too popular for us, and for girls we haven't been able to think of anything we remotely agree on at all, apart from Sierra, which we have considered because we had our honeymoon in Cuba.
Hindi names that have a Western flavour would be ideal, or a Western name with a more exotic flavour.
Any help much appreciated!
I'm by no means an expert on Hindi names but Google tells me these are Hindi and I think they'd work well in the UK/an English-speaking country:
Boys: Arun, Ashwin, Falan, Jay, Kamal, Kiran, Rohan
Girls: Esha, Indira, Jaya, Jayne, Kala, Manda, Maya, Rani
A few more exotic-sounding 'English' names:
Boys: Alex, Ari, Arlo, Asa, Eli, Hugo, Jago, Kai, Luka, Max, Nico, Oscar, Rogan
Girls: Eva, India, Karina, Leah, Lola, Luna, Nadia, Nina, Orla, Rosa, Saffron, Sienna, Tara
I'm not familiar with Hindu names but
Jasmine or Yasmin was the first that came to mind for girls.
(Boys were a lot harder)
I used Behind the Name's database and came up with some interesting names:
Aditi: boundless, entire or freedom, security
Amala: clean, pure
Ananda: happy, bliss
Arya: honorable, noble (This is probably fits your criteria to the letter)
Asha: wish, desire, hope
Indira: beautiful (Might be too literal, as it spells 'India' without the 'r')
Kali: the black one
Kamala: lotus or pale red
Kiran: dust, thread or sunbeam (Might be too similar to the Irish male Kieran)
Lavanya: beauty, grace
Lila: play, amusement (Said lee-luh not Lie-luh)
Lina: absorbed, united
Mira: sea, ocean
Sunita: well conducted, polite
Boys were harder:
Ajit: invincible, he who has not been conquered
Arjun: white, clear
Kiran: dust, thread or sunbeam
Lochan: the eye
Raj: king, prince
Sunil: very blue
I am thinking short names with sounds used in both languages would work best.
Alda, Ami, Ana, Bryn, Jayna, Lily, Lucia, Rita, Serena, Shayna, Tara
Arlo, Brent, Jay, Lars, Milo, Neil, Owen, Piers, Van
My husband and I both just adore the name Arya that someone has suggested, it's the first one we have both really loved and I think we might be on to a winner there :)
For a boy I think we have decided we will go for something distinctly Western/English. We have been talking about Arthur.
I really like the name Avani for a girl.means earth.
For a boy maybe Alexander or Rowan.
You could always choose an English name that has the possibility of an Indian nn.
Something like Miranda nn Manda.
I also really love Kiran for a boy - it's the only Indian name I would consider for my so completely european/american family. I love that it's so similar to the Irish Kieran. Very distinctly both Western European and Indian.
I'm going to keep thinking about this and might be back later.