"awakening, enlightenment"

Bodhi Origin and Meaning

The name Bodhi is a boy's name of Sanskrit origin meaning "awakening, enlightenment".

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. Spelling variations include Bodie and Bode.

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 Pine ElfmanAmerican actor
  • Bodhi JonesCanadian singer,songwriter
  • Bodhi Sporleder (b. 2004)son of actor Gregory Sporleder
  • Bodhi Russell Silberling (b. 2005)son of director Brad Silberling and actress Amy Brenneman
  • Bodhi Taylor Bragonier (b. 2007)son of singer Sally Taylor and Dean Bragonier; grandson of singers James Taylor and Carly Simon
  • Bodhi Hawn Hudson (b. 2010)son of actors Oliver Hudson and Erinn Bartlett, grandson of actress Goldie Hawn
  • Bodhi Lukather (b. 2010)son of actress Shawn Batten and singer Steve Lukather of Toto
  • Bodhi Phoenix Croft (b. 2014)son of actors Jamie Croft and Saskia Burmeister
  • Bodhi Ransom Green (b. 2014)son of actors Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
  • Bodhi Rain Palmer (b. 2014)son of actors Teresa Palmer and Mark Webber
  • Bodhi Ryan Miller (b. 2015)son of ice hockey player Ryan Miller
  • Bodhi Burton Jenner (b. 2016)son of Burt Jenner, grandson of reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner
  • Bodhi Cruz Blackley (b. 2016)son of baseball player Travis Blackley
  • Bodhi Fox Talansky (b. 2017)son of cyclist Andrew Talansky
  • Bodhi Robert Buckley (b. 2018)son of actor AJ Buckley, twin of brother Ranger Joseph
  • Bodhi Brooks Pobre (b. 2018)son of actress Stacy Keibler
  • Luka Bodhi Colicchio (b. 2009)son of celebrity chef Tom Colicchio

Bodhi in Pop Culture

  • Bodhicharacter in the "Riley Bloom" series by Alyson Noel
  • Bodhimain character in the movie "Point Break"
  • "Bodhi and Friends: Space Squad" Chinese animated series
  • Bodhi Rookcharacter in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

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