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Top Sanskrit Names for Boys

Sanskrit names for boys have their roots in the ancient Sanskrit language, which was spoken across South Asia until the early medieval period, and continues to play an important part in Hindu and Buddist religious practices to this day. Upbeat Sanskrit baby boy name Bodhi (meaning "enlightenment") has staged one of the most dramatic success stories of recent years: it's climbed over 1000 places up the popularity charts in the past decade, thanks to its bright, bold sound and its appearance in several celebrity birth announcements. But there are also many other strong Sanskrit boys' names that are worth a second look in the West: try Kiran or Naren, Sachin or Sanjay, Viro or Ved.

See the full selection of exotic Sanskrit boy names on Nameberry below. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.
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BodhiHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "awakening, enlightenment"
  • Description:

    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.

VihaanHeart

  • 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.
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