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Gender: Male Meaning of Bodhi: "awakening, enlightenment" Origin of Bodhi: Sanskrit Bodhi's Popularity in 2017: #303

The name Bodhi is a boy's name of Sanskrit origin meaning "awakening, enlightenment". Bodhi is ranked #303 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Who's their sibling?".

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A surprise success in the baby name world, 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.

Bodhi has recently been appearing as a baby name in the American celebrisphere, first heard via Bodhi Elfman, husband of Jenna. Since then it has been used by four celebrity couples as the first name for their sons, and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio as the middle name for his boy, Luka. Carly Simon and James Taylor have a grandson named Bodhi. And who remembers that it was the name of the Patrick Swayze character in the 1991 film "Point Break"?

As opposed to some other religious and Baby-Names">spiritual names, Bodhi has an upbeat, friendly feel, similar to that of Brody and Cody.

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Famous People Named Bodhi

Bodhi Pine Elfman, American actor
Bodhi Jones, Canadian singer-songwriter
Bodhi Sporleder (b. 2004), son of actor Gregory Sporleder
Bodhi Russell Silberling (b. 2005), son of director Brad Silberling and actress Amy Brenneman
Bodhi Taylor Bragonier (b. 2007), son of singer Sally Taylor and Dean Bragonier; grandson of singers James Taylor and Carly Simon
Bodhi Hawn Hudson (b. 2010), son of actors Oliver Hudson and Erinn Bartlett, grandson of actress Goldie Hawn
Bodhi Lukather (b. 2010), son of actress Shawn Batten and singer Steve Lukather of Toto
Bodhi Phoenix Croft (b. 2014), son of actors Jamie Croft and Saskia Burmeister
Bodhi Ransom Green (b. 2014), son of actors Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
Bodhi Rain Palmer (b. 2014), son of actors Teresa Palmer and Mark Webber
Bodhi Ryan Miller (b. 2015), son of ice hockey player Ryan Miller
Bodhi Burton Jenner (b. 2016), son of Burt Jenner, grandson of reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner
Bodhi Cruz Blackley (b. 2016), son of baseball player Travis Blackley
Bodhi Fox Talansky (b. 2017), son of cyclist Andrew Talansky
Bodhi Robert Buckley (b. 2018), son of actor AJ Buckley, twin of brother Ranger Joseph
Bodhi Brooks Pobre (b. 2018), son of actress Stacy Keibler
Luka Bodhi Colicchio (b. 2009), son of celebrity chef Tom Colicchio

Pop Culture References for the name Bodhi

Bodhi, character in the "Riley Bloom" series by Alyson Noel
Bodhi, main character in the movie "Point Break"
"Bodhi and Friends: Space Squad," Chinese animated series
Bodhi Rook, character in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"