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June 16th, 2013 06:29 AM #1Junior Member
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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!
June 16th, 2013 07:04 AM #3
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
June 16th, 2013 07:08 AM #5
June 16th, 2013 07:56 AM #7
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
Vijay: victory~lucy reine~~ celestine eira ~ mary simona ~ elizabeth echo "ellie" ~ eleanor heaven "lena" ~ vivienne ailsa ~~ jasper red ~ evander lachlan 'evan'~ kai sacha ~ ezra link ~ satoshi rowan ~
June 16th, 2013 08:47 AM #9I like simple yet versatile names that work well for the athlete, the comic, the genius, and the judge.