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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.

Popular Names

  • Arya

    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... Read More 

  • Lila

    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... Read More 

  • Kali

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

  • Leia

    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... Read More 

  • Bodhi

    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... Read More 

  • Arjun

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

    Arjun is based on Arjuna, who was in Indian legend the son of... Read More 

  • Aarav

    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... Read More 

  • Vihaan

    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. Read More 

  • Rohan

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

  • Reyansh

    This unusual Indian name, which refers to one of the names of Lord Vishnu, has been one of the fastest-growing boys' names of the last decade. It first managed to climb into the US Top 1000 in... Read More