Hindu Names

  1. Mina
    • Origin:

      Hindu equivalent of Pisces or diminutive of Wilhelmina, German
    • Meaning:

      "resolute protection"
    • Description:

      Most famous as a Dracula victim (where Mina is short for Wilhelmina), Mina is a name that can stand on its own or be a diminutive of any name ending in -mina, most usually Wilhelmina.
  2. Nara
    • Origin:

      Japanese place name or Celtic
    • Meaning:

      "happy"
    • Description:

      Soft, simple, and far more unusual than Tara or Farrah. As a Japanese place name, it's been used occasionally as a surname and is beginning to be used as a first. Nara is also the name of a Hindu (male) God and the name means "man" in Hindi.
  3. Agni
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "fire"
    • Description:

      Agni is the name of the Hindu god of fire, which might make this a unique name for a child born under a fire sign or with a fiery personality.
  4. Indra
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "possessing drops of rain"
    • Description:

      In the ancient Hindu religion, Indra is the warrior god of sky and rain, though in modern America, this might make a better girls' than boys' name. You can spell it Indre, like the French river, if you prefer.
  5. Vihaan
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "dawn"
    • Description:

      Vihaan comes from a Sanskrit word denoting the dawn, but has the symbolic meaning of the beginning of a new age, making Vihaan a wonderful choice for the first baby in a family's next generation.
  6. Tulsi
    • Origin:

      Hindi
    • Meaning:

      "basil"
    • Description:

      Tulsi is more than a simple nature name: The holy basil plant is sacred in the Hindu religion, used to honor the god Vishnu and representative of his consort, the goddess Tulsi. The Tulsi plant is often planted in Hindu houses and is used for medicinal as well as ritualistic purposes.
  7. Hari
    • Origin:

      Hindu
    • Meaning:

      "dark, tawny"
    • Description:

      Familiar via Harry, but much more worldly.
  8. Shakti
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "power"
    • Description:

      Shakti is the female equivalent of the god Shiva in Hinduism. A sacred name sometimes used in a secular way.