Gender: Male Meaning of Dev: "god" Origin of Dev: Sanskrit

Dev Origin and Meaning

The name Dev is a boy's name meaning "god".

This name has recently come on the radar via rising actor Dev Patel, who made his mark in Slumdog Millionaire and then in Lion and is also the name of the lead character played by Aziz Ansari in his sitcom Master of None. It could catch on here, at a time when parents are importing other three-letter names like Liv.

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spilledink Says:


I'm of Indian descent, and this is traditionally pronounced like the word "they've" although in the US many Indian-American Devs pronounce it either like Dave or like the first syllable of "developing."

CocoaPuff Says:


I have heard "Dehv" from Indian speakers, I'm guessing there are regional differences in pronounciation given India's rich linguistic landscape.

paulapuddephatt Says:


It's pronounced Dave? I didn't realise that.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love Dev, but I still kind of prefer it to be short for Devon. I just adore the sound, but I feel like I want it to be a nickname, not a full name. And it literally means "god"?

EvaThyssen Says:


I can't help but remember Steve Ballmer's Developers, developers, developers, developers...

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


It sounds like it's missing a syllable

Poppy84 Says:


Hindu/Sanskrit name meaning god. Pronounced Daiv/Dave.
My nephew was just given this name, and I made his Indian father say it half a dozen times to make sure I was hearing/saying it right.