Gender: Female Pronunciation: PREE-ah Meaning of Priya: "beloved" Origin of Priya: Sanskrit

Priya Origin and Meaning

The name Priya is a girl's name of Sanskrit origin meaning "beloved".

Priya originated in India as a name derived from the Sanskrit word for “beloved.” In India, where names are often given based on one’s birthday and horoscope, Priya is traditionally given to girls born in August. Priya is used in Hindu mythology as the name of a daughter of King Daksha—known for fathering 146 daughters.

Priya is a very popular given name in India, and can also be found in countries including Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Priya remains uncommon in the US and denotes someone with an individual brand of beauty.

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Rasha Says:


I adore this name, but find it too popular for my choice

fromtheocean12 Says:


Priya is extremely common in India and in the Indian community, and I don't think I've ever heard anyone equate it with Prius. (This is coming from someone who is Indian, btw)

mickie86 Says:


The sound of this name is as beautiful as its meaning!

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I knew someone named Priya. And now I love this name! It is unique and uncommon, and soooo pretty! Not frilly pretty, but natural pretty.

Like beautiful and natural,gorgeous:)

TheHumanCanvas Says:


Oh... this is so nice!

indiefendi2 Says:


This is so pretty and it sounds like my name! I'd totally use this today! (bonus that it's used for girls born in August, just like me!)

JessicaRK467 Says:


Love this name!!! I heard it for the first time on a television show 5 years ago and it always stuck with me. I think its a stunning name

Annhh Says:


I love this name too but worry that it sounds too similar to Prius.

TammyJade Says:


Beautiful name