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The name Indira is a girl's name of Sanskrit origin meaning "beauty". Indira and is often added to lists like Mythology Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".
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Indira might have a more modern, exotic feel were it not for the somewhat middle-aged image of longtime Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi.
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There's been lots of other Indiras and there will be plenty more.
A truly beautiful name.
I like the nickname Indy. I'm a little more worried about Indira's usability after reading through some of the comments on authentic pronunciation and the namesake's assassination.
Word of warning- Indira Gandhi was very much hated and was eventually assassinated. Not the best name association.
The 'dir' is pronounced so the 'd' sounds like the th sound in 'there' and the 'ir' is pronounced with the same vowel sound in 'it'.
We pronounce it In-DEE-ra for our daughter because we are white Canadian bumpkins, but the proper Indian pronunciation is more IN-tdh-er-ah (where the D is pronounced with more of a quick th sound & the emphasis is on the first syllable).I have been assured both pronunciations are technically correct, but most Indian people wold assume it should be pronounced 'their' way.
I pronounce it "In-deer-ah" but that is not how Indians say it. A man from India told me that it is pronounced more like (forgive me if I say it wrong or confuse it) "In-dur-ah". Hope that helps!
Proper pronunciation, please? I love this name, but I've heard it anglicized as In-DEER-ah and people tell me that's incorrect. Is it IN-drah or In-DEE-rah? Help!
My aunt is name this; a very good name. I recommend it.
Very pretty; cute nickname Indy.
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