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Top Indian Baby Names

Most Indian baby names known in the wider world derive from either Hindi, the dominant language of India, or Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language. The Indian names on Nameberry also include a sprinkling of Punjabi and Urdu names. Indian names that are most familiar are usually the names of celebrities, such as Dev Patel or Priyanka Chopra. Other popular Indian baby names include Arjun, Ravi, Chandra, and Kalinda. There are many beautiful Indian names that may be of interest to parents in India or elsewhere.

Browse our full list of Indian baby names here. 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.

AryaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit; Modern variation of Aria
  • Meaning:

    "noble; air/song"
  • Description:

    Arya was derived from an Indo-Iranian word meaning "Aryan" or "noble." It is a masculine given name in Iran, Indonesia, Bali, and Sanskrit-speaking regions of India. In Hindu- and English-speaking parts of the world, Arya is more often a feminine name, the latter influenced by the similar Italian name Aria, meaning "air" or "song."

LilaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic, Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "night; play"
  • Description:

    Lila was derived from the Arabic word laylah, meaning "night." It has separate roots in Sanskrit with the meaning "play." In Hinduism, Lila is a conceptualism of the universe as a playground of the gods. Lilah and Lyla are variant spellings.

KaliHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "black one"
  • Description:

    Cute name but be warned: Kali is the Hindu goddess of destruction, the fierce side of the goddess Devi.

LeiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Leya
  • Description:

    This spelling variation of Leya was popularized by the Star Wars films, but is still firmly in the US Top 1000 many years later. This spelling is also probably preferred as it is clearer in pronunciation to the original Hindi name, Leya (which sometime gets pronounced Lee-ah).

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.

ArjunHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "bright, shining, white"
  • Description:

    Popular in India and among Indo-Americans, this name of the hero of a famous Hindu epic has an extremely pleasing sound.

AaravHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "peaceful"
  • Description:

    Aarav is derived from the Sanskrit root “rav,” which is related to peace and music. Aarav is also associated with the concept of wisdom. It has traditionally been a common name among Hindus, who intentionally select names to inspire particular values in their children.

OpalHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "gem"
  • Description:

    Opal is on the verge of a repolishing, following other jewel names like Ruby and Pearl. A Top 100 name during the first two decades of the twentieth century, the opalescent Opal has a good chance of coming back as another O-initial option.

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.

RohanHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Rowan or Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "sandalwood"
  • Description:

    From India, but feels like an Irish surname (and can in fact be a variation of Rowan), so a possible cross-cultural choice.

IshaanHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "the sun"
  • Description:

    Ishaan is the guardian of the Northeast in the Hindu religion.

VedaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "knowledge"
  • Description:

    A name with religious resonance, as the Vedas are the most sacred texts of Hinduism. Outside of that religious context, Veda has the makings of a modern popular name, with its sharp V initial, two syllables, and feminine a ending. This is evidenced by it reentry into the US Top 1000 in 2015, after fifty-five years off the list. Similar names on the rise are Vera and Vada.