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Indian Boy Names

Indian names for baby boys are most often rooted in either Hindi, the major language of India, or Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language. The Indian boy names on Nameberry also include a sprinkling of Punjabi and Urdu names. Indian male names that are most familiar in the wider world tend to be the names of celebrities, such as Deepak Chopra, Dev Patel, or Arjun Kapoor. Other popular Indian baby boy names include Ravi, Sanjay, and Vikram. There are many handsome Indian boy names that may be of interest to parents in India and beyond.

Browse our full list of Indian baby boy 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.

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.

SahilHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "guide, leader"
  • Description:

    A name that could set an Indian boy on a path to leadership.

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.

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.

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.

SiddharthHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "one who has accomplished a goal"
  • Description:

    Siddhartha Gautama was one of the real names of Buddha, making this an impressive and weighty name among the Buddhist community.

RishiHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "sage"
  • Description:

    In Hindu mythology, the Rishis are sages and seers; in modern times, Rishi Rich is a popular British-born musician and record producer.

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.

ReyanshHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "ray of light"
  • Description:

    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 2014. The nickname Rey Americanizes it.

SuryaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "sun god"
  • Description:

    Graceful Indian choice that may sound feminine to the Western ear but is in fact the name of a male god. One form of worship of Surya that may be familiar to Westerners is the sun salutation in yoga.

KiranHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "ray of light"
  • Description:

    Though it sounds like a modern invention, Kiran is a traditional Hindu name from India; chosen for her son by actress Kelli Williams. Author Kiran Desai is a woman and this name, which bears a resemblance to both the Irish (male) Kieran and the fifties favorite Karen, certainly works as well for a girl.

TajHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "crown"
  • Description:

    Taj is a cool-sounding name reflecting the magnificence of the seventeenth-century Indian Taj Mahal, chosen by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler for his son.

RaviHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "conferring"
  • Description:

    A title of the Hindu sun god, made cross-culturally famous by sitar player Ravi Shankar.

PanHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "all or shepherd"
  • Description:

    Pan is the Greek god with the legs of a goat and the body of a pipes-playing man known for his mischievousness. Pan is also the god of shepherds, pastures, and fertility. Pan is also a Hindi name meaning leaf or feather.

TarakHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "star, protector"
  • Description:

    Sci-fi vibe.

VivaanHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "full of life"
  • Description:

    Vivaan is a life-related name from India that has made its way onto the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2014. While unusual, it has a familiar and appealing lively sound and feel. However, be aware that people unfamiliar with the name may misread and mispronounce it as Vivian.

RamHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic; Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "archer; pleasing"
  • Description:

    One of the most familiar, and assertive, names found throughout the Middle East and India, with a macho soap opera aura in this country.

IshaanHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "the sun"
  • Description:

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

DhaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "rich"
  • Description:

    Dhani is a haunting Hindi name for boys that's a million miles away from the similar-sounding Danny or Donny. One notable namesake is musician Dhani Harrison, look-alike son of Beatle George. He is named after the sixth and seventh notes of the Indian music scale, 'dha' and 'ni'. 'Dhani' is also a raga in north Indian classical music. Another noted bearer is longtime NFL linebacker Dhani Jones.

KamalHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi; Arabic "lotus; perfect, perfection"
  • Meaning:

    "lotus; perfect, perfection"
  • Description:

    Kamal carries two positive associations: one of the ninety-nine qualities of Allah listed in the Quran and the evocative lotus flower.