100 Indian Baby Names That Pass the Playground Test

Indian baby names easy to pronounce

Although I’ve grown to love my name over the years, particularly because Lakshmi has a lovely meaning as the Goddess of prosperity in Hindu religion, (and I’m certain it gave me added character when I had to constantly correct people’s pronunciation), ‘Lunch meat’ definitely wasn’t the easiest name growing up.

Recently, New York Times columnist Alex Williams wrote an op-ed piece about the conundrum of choosing a baby name that’s unique —  but not too unique —  and whether that was really possible anymore. Many parents can surely empathize with this situation, South Asian Americans especially.

The first day of every school year, I braced myself for the moment when the teacher would abruptly stop with a confused look on her face. After a long moment, she would take a deep breath and make the attempt…

LAX-shmi…? LOCK-shmi…?”

As a mom now, I urge new parents to consider the impact your children’s names will have on them each day, every day of their lives. The jury is still out on the measurable impact a name can have on a child’s future, as seen in the Freakonomics debate. Regardless, whether it’s the first day of school or the first time their resumé hits the desk of a prospective employer, your child’s name will be the first thing to leave an impression. And not to be overly dramatic, but you have the opportunity to mold that first impression. So, when you’re in the hospital holding the birth certificate application, please take an extra moment to consider the following:

1.  Is it easy to read and pronounce? If you can’t answer yes to both of these, chances are that’s your child’s teachers, friends and employers will experience the same difficulty.

2.  Is it easy to remember?  If you can’t remember the name or how to spell it, neither will anyone else.

3.  Does it sound like a Western name (or have a nickname that does)? An Anglo-sounding name will save your child much time and embarrassment from having to correct or repeat their name all the time.

4.  Could there be a negative connotation to the name or nickname? (If it rhymes or sounds like a body part, please reconsider!) Realize that kids can be mean and may tease other kids with funny sounding names.

5.  Does it have a cultural or family meaning? Even though we are advocating for an Anglo-sounding name for your American born child, it doesn’t mean the name should be meaningless or without culture. Many South Asian names have significant history and meaning associated with them, and it would be unfortunate to lose this part of tradition.

With a little extra thought, you could make your child’s life smoother and happier. Just to give you a jumpstart, we have 100 Indian baby names to inspire you.

Good luck, and above all, may your new addition be healthy and happy!

Remember, some of the baby boys names can also be used for baby girls like Taran, Kiran,  Arya, Devan and Kamran.

Aanya Gracious Ajay Unconquered
Alisha Protected By God Aran Forrest or Righteous
Anisa Joy and Pleasure Arun Sun
Anita Grace Arya Noble
Annika Goddess Durga Ashwin (Ash) Of Great Wealth
Avani Earth Avinash (Avi) Indestructible
Bela Jasmine Flower Bhargavan (Gavan) Diety
Bina     Intelligence     Daman      One Who Controls
Daya     Kindness     Damian      Tamer
Devi     Goddess     Darun     Lord Ganesha
Dhara     Constant Flow     Dasharath (Dash)     Father Of Lord Rama
Divya     Divine Luster     Deenath (Deen)     Lord Vishnu
Ela     Earth     Devan     Little God
Elora     Caves In India     Devanand (Devan)     Joy Of God
Geena     Silvery     Devendra (Deven)     Lord Indra
Gia     Essence of Life     Hans     Swan
Jaya     Victory    Jagan (Jag)     Universe
Kali     Goddess of Empowerment     Jay/Jai     Victory
Leela     Divine Play     Kalyan  (Kal)     Welfare
Leena     Devoted     Kamran      Success
Lily     Flower     Kanan     Forest
Lola     Goddess Lakshmi     Keval     Lord Vishnu
Marisa     Worthy     Kiran     Ray Of Light
Maya     Illusion     Krishna (Kris)     Lord Krishna
Meena     Precious Blue Stone     Milan     A Coming Together
Meghana (Meg)      Cloud     Naveen     New
Mira     Prosperous     Neel     Blue
Monica/Monika     Wise Counselor     Niam     Contribution Of God
Naina     Eyes     Nikhil (Nik)     Complete
Nikhila (Niki)     Complete     Rahul     Conqueror Of All Miseries
Nina/ Neena     Lovely Eyed     Raj     King
Priya     Beloved     Ravi     Sun
Reena     Gem     Rohan     Ascending
Reya     Goddess Lakshmi     Sai     Guru Sai Baba
Riya     Singer     Sameer (Sam)     Wind
Roma    Goddess Lakshmi     Samir (Sam)     Companion
Salena     Moon     Sanjay (Jay)     Victorious
Sejal     River Water     Shailendra (Shail)     King Of Mountains
Serena     Quiet     Siddhartha (Sid)     Lord Buddha
Sharan     Protector     Sunil (Neel)     Dark Blue
Simran (Simi)     God's Gift     Taj     Crown
Siya     Sita     Tarak     Protector
Sonia     Wise     Taran     Heaven
Tara     Star     Tej     Light
Teja     Radiant     Timir (Tim)     Darkness
Trisha     Wish     Toshan (Tosh)     Satisfaction
Uma    Goddess Parvati     Veer     Brave
Vani     Goddess Saraswati     Vikram (Vik)     Sun Of Valour
Veena     Musical Instrument     Vinod (Vin)     Full Of Joy
Yasmin     Jasmine     Wali     Protector

Lakshmi Reddy

Founder of Saffluence Magazine. Hoping to connect smart, like-minded individuals with shared values & attitudes.

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  1. Tell me about it:) I have to always follow my name with ” Preeti as in Pretty….Pretty girl”!

  2. Nice article, Lakshmi. I am an immigrant from India. We are looking for names for our child who will be born in the US. You have listed Dhara, Divya, Siddhartha etc., as easy names for americans to pronounce. What do you think about the “dh” sound in these names? Can native english speakers get the “dh” sound right. For example, will DHara become Dara and sidDHartha become siddartha or can they get the “dh” sound right when they are corrected once. Your advice on this from an Indian American perspective will be help us in deciding the name for our baby. Thanks.

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      Hello AMM – I understand your concern with the pronunciation. Generally speaking, even when corrected, many Americans will struggle with the ‘DH’ sound, so if proper pronunciation is important to you, then I would veer in the direction of some of the other names on the list. It is also important to recognize that you child may opt to shorten their name (ie. Sid). So it is important that you are prepared and comfortable with that. I have spent my life correcting people’s pronunciation of my name, because proper pronunciation is important to me but I know many people that are ok with the ‘American’ pronunciation of their names. This means that it is not only you correcting people but after age 5 or so, it is the nature of your child. For instance, I am very strict about pronunciation of Lakshmi – ‘LUCK-SHMEE’ but many are comfortable with ‘LACK-SHMEE’.

      If you would prefer if the name is generally pronounced properly or you don’t want a nickname for your child, choose accordingly. There are many names that fit that criteria – just a few examples are Jaya, Leela, Maya for girls and Ajay, Naveen, or Kiran for a boy. I hope this helps and please reach out with any more questions.

      • Lakshmi, Thanks a lot for your helpful response.

      • girish reddy says:

        hey , lakshmi , god blessed me with a beautiful baby girl , and i want to give my angel the most beautiful name on this planet 🙂 please help me find , i i am very confused .

  3. Thank you for this list. Very helpful as Hubby and I get ready to welcome our 1st. His family is Tamil and mine is Irish American, so it is important to us as we’re name-storming that the name be easy for both sides of our extended family to pronounce. I really like the name Sejal, but would it be an odd choice for a boy? To me it looks masculine along the lines of names like Tejas, but am not sure if it can be unisex. Thanks again..

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      Hello Kati! Congratulations. This is going to be the most amazing time for you both. I understand, first hand, the need for a name that works across cultures as my family is from South India and my husband’s is from Southern Manhattan 🙂 Sejal is such a lovely name, however, traditionally it is not unisex (unlike Madhu or Kiren.) I would consider the increasing global nature of the world, and implications on your son to be, if you choose to name your son a traditionally feminine name and he ends up becoming an international business man. I think it is easier to name a girl a traditional male name than vice-versa to be globally accepted. That being said, the easiest way to envision this is thinking about it with a western name. Although there is a history of boys named Sue and Alice, is this something that you would feel comfortable with for your son? If this is at the top of the list – consider just naming him Sej. It doesn’t have much of an Indian meaning (I believe it translated to bed in Hindi) but it doesn’t have a negative meaning and sounds cool. The best of luck with your decision. Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      • I guess my message is waaay late as a response to a 2013 post but I’m writing so it might help someone else. Instead of Sejal which is a girl’s name, Tejal is definitely a boy’s name and still with a similar sound and low on “corruptibility” score ( I think).

  4. Great post, Lakshmi!
    And good suggestions for baby names.
    We r having a baby boy soon, and reside in London. I am hell bent on wanting a name that all can pronounce well and read out quickly!
    I frankly loved Niam as ive never heard of it!!

    Just sent a text to husband who hardly gives a positive response to names, send a text back saying “nice, can consider”!

    Thanks! And keep up the good work!

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words. Congratulations on one of the best things that will ever happen to you!

      • Hi Lakshmi Reddy

        We love the Baby (Boy) name

        – but how do we correctly pronounce that name – so it sounds the way it should?



  5. 4. Could there be a negative connotation to the name or nickname?

    umm…Aryan passed the test?

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      Hello Midukee,

      Thank you so much for your comment. You make an excellent point! it is such a common Indian name, that I missed the secondary meaning. This kind of input is fantastic. I have taken it off the list. Thanks so much, again!

  6. pyare (pierre ray) says:

    Hi. I’m from Melaka or Malacca , Malaysia.. My brother’s wife is a chinese and recently they have a baby boy, a few days old. His wife doesn’t want indian sounding name for the baby and i suggested some ‘anglo indian “names. So i tried to help him and found your site. Great suggestions . i like some names that you have suggested in your article but his problem is that he consulted a priest and he was specifically told to have name starts with da , ka or kha and all the letters must total up to 24.That is insane … don’t why he wants follow this practice.He has so limited choices and i told him not to bother about numerology . Anyway i do like many names that you have suggested. Well even my name sounds a little french by changing the spelling and less hassle for people to pronounce it.

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      Hello Pyare,

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We are thrilled that you like some of the names on our list. My name is Lakshmi because I was born on a Friday, so I understand that traditions are quite important. I encourage you to support your brother to play around with some of the names and add a letter here or there or perhaps consider adding a middle name if it could be included, to give a few more options and remain within the numerology requirements. Please share what they decide. Good luck!

  7. Do yo u think Pari passes test for baby girl name ?

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      I think it is such a pretty name that she will love and will be very easy for people to pronounce. Congratulations!

  8. Lakshmi Reddy says:

    Congratulations on the pending addition to your family! Pari is a beautiful name and I think it would be very well suited for a baby girl raised here in the US. However, it is important to note that it may not be pronounced exactly the way you hoped. Many Americans may pronounce it like party without the T — it is still lovely and I think it is a great choice if you are not too particular about how it is pronounced.

    • Katalina Hima Katti says:

      Pari would indeed be a good name. It sounds a bit exotic in an Indian and French way. In France (French) Paris is pronounced exactly as Pari, so many people who know that will respect and like that name.

  9. Mandhee dhandapani says:

    i am american but of mixed race (white-Hispanic-Indian ) and my husbands from India (Tamil) …were are trying to figure out what our second child’s name will be ..i am leaning more into Kareena (which can also be used as a spanish name) and my husband is leaning more into Katrina or Rajeena …(all names are common american names but different spelling of course) …we still have 4.5 months to come to a decision…our first born was much easier for picking a name since a majority of people already have names picked out for their first child… 🙂 cant wait til shes here an hoping we chose a name before her big arrival day

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      Congratulations on one of the most amazing journeys that you are about to take. Two little ones is definitely a big difference from one. I wish you all the joy that we have found!

      I think that all three names that you have chosen are really quite lovely. However, the one thing that came to mind about Katrina was the immediate link I made with Hurricane Katrina. I thought it was just me, so I asked several people and all of them immediately made the same connection in their mind. If it was me, I wouldn’t necessarily want a negative first association with my name. Although I believe this link will fade over time in most of the US — if she ever chooses to travel down South, people are sure to remember. That being said, if you really love the name, it is still quite lovely and I am sure she will love it, too.

      Good luck in your decision making!

  10. I have a baby boy…. I am a south Indian. I named my son as Nithin… do you think it is easy to pronounce and goes well with Suresh? So his full name becomes Nithin Suresh.

  11. Lakshmi, I am so happy I came across your article. This is very very helpful! I am American and my husband is Indian. We are expecting our first this year. We love the name Priya for a girl and I’ve always had my heart set on Taj for a boy. My husband’s family is Hindu. Is Taj considered a Hindu name? My mother in-law (whose name is also Lakshmi) said that she has never heard of a boy with that name in India. It’s as if she didn’t like it. I felt a little down when she told me this. I want to be sure that the name is something that works for the family. Maybe she is not aware that it is a Hindu name if it truly is.

    Thank you again for your wonderful article!

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      Hello Shannon! I am super excited for you but can completely relate to finding a name that works for the whole family. Priya, as you may know is a very beautiful and also traditional Hindu name. Taj, however, may technically have a Sanskrit meaning of crown, but it does not necessarily have a well-known Hindu meaning. India is actually quite a complicated country with thousands of years of history and the name is probably more commonly associated with the Taj Mahal with was actually built by Moguls. Thus, the word is more common in the Arabic culture and Muslim religion. There is a possibility that your mother-in-law equates it with the Taj Mahal. Think of it this way. If you named your daughter Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) or your son Empire (after the Empire State Building), they would be wonderful, meaningful and cool names. I have a friend named Brook Lyn, which I think is awesome. However, for a traditional Indian woman her first reaction may have been wondering why you may want to name your son after a building 🙂

      That being said, if you love it (I think it is powerful and evoke the idea of India), I am sure you can convince her to embrace it by explaining that there is a Sanskrit meaning. Alternately, Tej (short for Tejas, or Taja) means radiant in the Hindu culture.

      I hope this helped a bit. Good luck and please let us know what you decide!

  12. Abhijit Moreshwar says:

    Hi Lakshmi, Very nice article..!!! We are Hindu Indian family currently residing in LA USA. We are going to have baby boy soon. Do you think “Raayan” name sounds indian american? Do you think it will be good choice for baby boy name?


    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      Hello Abhijit – thanks so much for your comment. Congratulations on your pending addition! I think the name ‘ Raayan’ is fantastic and will make it to the top of the list for my next list of baby names. It has a strong Sanskrit meaning and does indeed sound Indian American. I could become the next Annika or Kiran (a lot of people in both the east and west have these names in recent years.)

      However, the one thing I may consider is spelling it Rayan (which is also another correct spelling of the Sanskrit name — pronounced ‘RY han’.) I have several friends that have names like Aarti or Aasha, and although not difficult, 90% of the time people spell their names wrong.
      I can respect that you don’t want it to seem too American. But at the end of the day, that is the beauty of some of these names. They sound American but have a genuine Indian meaning. Interestingly, when you share the Indian meaning with people, they are really quite impressed and excited. That being said, if you prefer the ‘AA’ for alternate reasons like naming for the birth star, I wouldn’t give it a second thought and would move forward with the spelling you prefer. Either way, I think it is a good choice and you will be giving your son a strong name.

  13. Great article and good timing for us to find it as we are debating for names for our first child, a boy, due in a few weeks. We are a Hindu family in US… we have almost finalized Veer but debating between which spelling…Veer or Vir?

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      Thanks so much for your message. We are thrilled about your news. The next few years are going to be amazing! Of the two spellings, I personally prefer the look of Veer, but since it has an English meaning of ‘to change direction’, I would choose Vir. That being said, you may have to tell some Americans how to pronounce it, since a natural inclination for Americans could be to pronounce it ‘VUR’ (sounding like ‘her’) — but I think they would catch on very quickly. With the meaning of brave, it is a great name for him to live up to.

      My husband loves the name. He thinks it would be a great name for either a football player or founder of a new start-up. We wish you a healthy and happy end of your pregnancy! Please check back and share your ultimate choice!

  14. Nice article my daughters name (Siya) passed the test! We were worried it wouldn’t

  15. Hi,

    You have “Deenath” on your list above? I known of the Sanskrit name Deenanath which means Lord Vishnu. Is your info above from a reliable source, as there are a lot of unreliable websites out there. Also “Avi” is a name by itself, meaning – Another name for the Sun, favourite, protector, lord e.t.c


    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      You are correct — Deenanath is one of the ways of writing the name which means Lord Vishnu but people also use Deenath. Technically it is Deena Nath (Day God) but in the form of Deenath it is almost like a conjunction and much easier to say for the American audience but still has the same intended meaning. My source is actually a Sanskrit scholar that I have consulted in this case.

      I also wanted to thank you for the suggestion of Avi. Agreed this is a perfect name by itself. We are planning to create a second list soon and will be sure to add it.

      I thank you, again for your readership and comments!

  16. Great article Lakshmi. We are expecting a baby boy and I am between these names: surya, vir and dasarath(removed the h). What do you think would go apt with americans. Please let me know. Thank you again.

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      I am so glad you enjoyed the article. I think all of the names that you have chosen are relatively simple. I think that Vir is probably the easiest (particularly if you have a long last name.) If your son ends up being the sporty type – I think the nickname Dash is wonderful (if you name him Dasarath.) If you are not inclined to nicknames, I would stick with Vir. Although Surya is a lovely name, I think that many Americans will be confused as to weather he is a boy or a girl. Good luck! I am so excited for you.

  17. We are expecting a baby girl and we are northindians in US.
    Certainly we want some traditional touch but at the same time, people and her friends be able to say her name well.

    Let us know what you think of these-


    Thanks for your input.

    Great article

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      Wow – I love your list of names. While I love the names Arisia & Arista, I am personally not familiar with the meanings and I think meaning is just as important as the sound of a name. So my favorite from the whole list is Gia because it is so simple to pronounce and also has a lovely meaning in Sanskrit and also in many other languages around the world. Her name would be considered beautiful in many countries, which would be a wonderful gift. Good luck and enjoy your new bundle of joy!

  18. Hi Lakshmi,

    Awesome and insightful article!

    I referenced and quoted you in my blog post to make a case for my app.

    You have great writing skills. The article is insightful, educating and empathetic.

    You wrote: The jury is still out on the measurable impact a name can have on a child’s future, as seen in the Freakonomics debate.

    I missed the debate, but there are some great insightswith regard to naming brands and people in the marketing classic ” Positioning” by Al Ries/Jack Trout. Highly recommended if you haven’t already read it!

    On a different note, we have built an app that will enable soon-to-be parents to listen to baby name pronunciations in western accent. Hope this helps more parents to make the right choice.

    Happy to send you a coupon code for in app purchase if you care to check it out. And I am certainly not shy of getting some coverage on your blog post here! 🙂

    Thanks & do keep writing!

  19. What do you think of the name Arman or Armaan. It means hope, desire in Hindi. Though persian is the origin. Also means army man in German, French and also Armenian?
    I prefer sanskrit origin being from the south India but this is something we are considering for our second boy.

  20. Hi Lakshmi,
    I love your list! I’m not expecting, but my boyfriend, and I have been talking about how we would name our baby lately:-) I am German and my boyfriend is Indian, however we live in the US. This makes finding a good baby name triple difficult, as we would ideally like all 3 cultures/languages to work well with the name. Excluding the German perspective for a moment, what do you think of Nisha, Jiya or Ava for a girl and Krishan, Yul or Aash for a boy living in the States?
    Krishan is momentarily my favorite, but I kind of made it up from Krishna (Indian) and “Chris-ti-an” (German). Kids in the States would probably call him Krish or Kris.
    Thanks again for this great blog!

  21. Hello to you Lakshmi… loving the list of names, my favorites are Naveen, Sameer, Meena and Priya. My Mom loves the name Sanjay.
    I can’t say that i am indian, however i am mixed with indian on both my mother and father side. My father is indian and black and my mother is indian, black and white. My husband is indian and black. I’ve always like the indian names and when i had my son i named him Shahan Narayan… i know Narayan is an indian name, but i understand Shahan isn’t an indian name, however, i read that it is a name that is used in the subcontinent of india, i love the name and it’s meaning, which is king in Armenian and profit maker in persian. My husband and i are having another child in 3mnths, it’s a girl and i like Parveen or Parvani, he likes Sonali or Priyala, what do you think?.

  22. Hi Lakshmi ,
    My first daughter’s name Veda and for second one we are thinking deetya or friya . Does these 3 names pass the test ?
    Thank you very much for the article.

  23. Hi Lakshmi – thanks for the article. It was very helpful.

    I am confused about the name Rayan – I looked but haven’t been able to find a source that says that it is a Sanskrit word. Most sources seem to suggest a Persian or an Arabic connection.

    Can you please help clarify?

  24. Hi Lakshmi,
    Thanks for a great list! We are expecting a girl and are thinking of the name Sahana/ suhana. I also really like the name Suhani (means, lovely, pleasant in Hindi) but my Australian husband isn’t so keen. Would love your thoughts on these names and the spelling. Thanks again, Vinita

  25. hi lakshmi…thx for the list for parents like us who r always confused aboutg keeping name…i m expecting a baby girl in june…me n my husband have decided to keep name shenoy or Diya..could u please tell us the meaning of these names and other option if possible….something starting starting with s, m, r, p etc

  26. My favorite Indian American girl names are-
    Shaila (shay)
    Kali {Callie}

  27. Bo Kotian Lund says:

    A few of the names a very useful for Northern Europe as well, thanks!

    I know many Indians (including my wife’s family) have a thing for second names or middle names (not used as your calling name) eg. My wife has Krithika as hers. My thinking is that our child can have a more Indian name as this second name.

    Could you elaborate a bit on this tradition, which names can be used for whom (boy/girl), what are their meanings and so on. Would it be normal that either boy or girl would get Krithika or is it more personally?

    A bit untraditional I choose to change my surname to my mothers family name after my father passed away (Lund) later when I got married I added my wife’s family name as a middle name (Kotian) and we are both named Kotian Lund today, as my wife has kept the Krithika she now has 4 names. Would it be “acceptable” according to Indian values (the family is a mix of Tamil and Kannada and a mix of Christian and Hindu (!)) that our children would have both a first, second, middle and last name whew first and last have European origin and second and middle Indian origin?

  28. Hi Lakshmi, great article !

    And I love your name collection too 🙂 I’ve been putting together boy name lists too and this is what I’ve come up with:-


    My favorite out of all of these though is Vansh.

    How easy do you think it will be for Westerners to pronounce?


  29. Poonam K says:

    Hi ,

    Great information on the subject…

    We have just welcomed a little boy in our family and still deciding on a name. Below is our short list . Please can you let us know if this will pass the playground test and your opinion:


    We are leaning toward Rudra. Thanks in advance for your input

  30. Hi Lakshmi,
    Great job, Really helps to choose the name for our little one.
    We just had a baby boy and as usual we confused what to choose.
    We have something in our mind like;
    Aadi , Shaurya , Ved, Shiv, a Shlok,
    As you have mentioned, the name should be proper pronounceable for their friends, employers, teachers etc.
    Any suggestion please……
    Which one you reckon easy to pronounce or close to proper. …


  31. Great post Lakshmi. We are looking for names for baby boy and we have shortlisted the following names so far. Wanted to get your opinion which names will be easy to pronounce in America.


    Thanks for your time.

  32. Hello,
    We are considering the name Veer (Indian meaning brave). Ideally we would have loved to spell it as Vir…but some folks see that and say it as ‘Vir’ as in Virginia. Not Veer.

    In the English dictionary, meaning of veer is to steer off course.

    So I have been looking at alternate spellings….what do you think about Veeir?
    Vir would have been ideal but not sure it will work.

    Please share your thoughts.


  33. Hi Lakshmi – Great Article.

    We recently relaunched our Indian baby name app “Namika” with a feature which allows our users to listen to the American Pronunciations of the Indian baby Names …we are hoping that our app would be a useful tool for expecting parents to evaluate their favorite names right on their phones.

    I would love to get your feedback on the app..You can download the free app from the app store. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/namika/id492292056?mt=8

  34. Expecting a boy this summer. Love the name Niam but can’t find any information on its origin/meaning. Do you have any information or a reference? Thanks

  35. hi , sana here from jaipur in rajasthan ( india) .
    my cousin is expecting a baby girl ,
    In the whole family, She will be the only girl child can you suggest a name accordingly .

    cheers !

  36. Vandna Arora says:

    Hi, great article, I have a daughter named Avantica, and a son named Abhishek and we are looking for a suitable strong name for our new baby son. Preferably beginning with A to match the siblings. Looking at Akshay -do you think it’s old fashioned? Arav-means peaceful but think it’s too simple? My husband likes Ishaan!

    You’re thoughts welcome.

  37. deepak dhiman says:


  38. Hi –
    I am considering the name Kavi for a boy, but confused as to its proper pronunciation;
    KAH-VEE or KUH-VEE, i have seen it both ways.


  39. Hello, Great Article! Just the kind of information I was looking for. We are expecting a baby boy in a few short months and really like the name Taran. But some people think it is feminine (do you think it does?) or can be pronounced like Taryn (Tey-Ryn or Tey-Ran). Is there a way we can change the spelling to make it pronounce Ta-Ran, the Indian way? Thanks for your help!

  40. My husband and I are expecting our first in a few days we love the name Ela… But have been debating pronunciation… Is it pronounced Eh-lah? Or Ee–lah. We prefer the first.

    Please enlighten us!

  41. what about Nikita (Niki) and Trishati (Trish)?

  42. Hi Lakshmi,

    Your page is really helpful. I’m sturggling with names for a second boy at the moment. The problem is that we named our first boy with our most favourite name that my hubby and I both adore. We can’t find another one!

    I would like something Indian but not too traditionally heavy. Ideally short and possibly not abbreviated, and easy to pronounce for French speakers…choice is limited! We named our first one Arjun – I just love that name and cannot find another as good. Any ideas for boy names?
    Note that in French the “r” sounds different, “h” is silent, and anything ending in “an” results in a nasal “n”…so a lot of Indian names don’t work. Also, we would prefer something that does not start with A.

    Some ideas I have, but like with many others my husband is not super keen on them:
    Lalit meaning beautiful – I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere but I really like it. Thoughts?
    Kabir is the name of a saint and I like it but some friends said that people in India dont really use it as he didn’t have a good life…I’m not really fussed about this – thoughts/advice anyone?

    To make it more complicated 🙂 I do want to match the name with a French or English name. The one I like: Eliott

    Any help to solve this puzzle would be so nice!

    Thanks for your help!

  43. hi

    can u pls suggest few names for my girl baby ( hindu ) with the meaning bravery , success, talented , expert,strong minded or names with a positive vibration

    looking forward for your reply

  44. Nikul Patel says:

    Hi, Born and bred in London – my wife just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last week. I’m looking for a nice modern Indian baby girls name starting with B, V or U. I like the names on this site but unable to find names beginning with B,V,U.

    Thanks for your help!!!

  45. Hi Lakshmi – I want to name my daughter Lola because of its meaning (Goddess Lakshmi) but I read on the internet that that word is also a slang word for let’s just say… a man’s body part. If I call my daughter Lola, would the average Indian person think of Lakshmi or would they secretly be laughing? Is it an acceptable name or does it have too much of that negative connotation? Is it at all popular in India? Would be really grateful to know your honest thoughts on this, thank you!

  46. Don’t call him Wali in the UK 🙂

    a silly or inept person.
    “I must have looked a total wally but I didn’t care”

  47. Hi Lakshmi,
    I am expecting a baby girl in July. so confused with names.
    Can you suggest some good unique sanskrit names?
    Here is the list which i made but do not like much:

    Thanks in advance

  48. Anirudh Pal says:

    Hello Lakshmi

    can you please suggest few names for my girl baby ( hindu ) with the very high success rate in her life in future .

    Hindu pandit give alphabet : Y

    looking forward for your reply

  49. Hi lakshmi
    Excellent article! We are in the same boat as others here struggling for a nice easy name for our first baby girl….we are north Indians settled in US.
    Can you suggest of these names which ones would pass the playground test
    Parini, Raaina, Keesha and Kaamya. Thanks for your help

  50. Avinash (Avi) says:


    My father is Indian, and mother English. I tend to go by Avi, but even then people miss spell or miss pronounce my name. It drives me crazy! Even though i like the meaning of the name, i have wanted to change it for years, i hate when people use my full name, and when i hear it it makes me cringe! I grew up in England in a predominently white area, so common names are things like Tom or James, which makes it harder for people to understand my name. Dont get me wrong, i am very proud of my heretige, just something to keep in mind when naming your child, they may grow up hating it.

  51. Hi,
    It is a very good article. Can you please provide your opinion on these three names?
    Thanks in advance

  52. Abhishek Singh says:

    I always find the most names mentioned on websites are usually the ones being used by telivision characters.I would like to suggest a haryanvi /western uttar pradesh girl name”Lado” which means ladli or loved one.

  53. Thank you so much for this amazing work. I am very glad that I found your website. Our son was born 2 days ago and I chose his name from your list : ” Niam”. Everyone loves it!
    Jatinder Soni

  54. Hey Lakshmi,

    Thanks for the lovely article, there are very few out there that touch upon this subject. We are expecting a baby boy (our first) in a few months and are on the hunt for a unique, cool and easy to pronounce (in US)name. We have searched extensively and have narrowed down our options to to “Vivaan” and “Viaan”. We were mostly looking for names starting with A or V, but all the good A names seem to be very common these days, hence the above choices, additionally its the got the same initials as mine.
    Please let us know which one would be better overall. Thanks for your inputs!

  55. When my wife was pregnant, I vetoed Sameer because I knew would quickly turn into “Sameer the Queer” on the playground.

  56. Hello Lakshmi,
    I am from India.
    It is a very good article. I am a bit confused about a name I came up with for my daughter ( She is a month old ).
    The name is Mayil. meaning Full of Grace or Like a peacock.I was almost convinced to keep the name but few of my relatives and friends told me not to keep the name as later it would become Mile and people may mock her for the same.
    My husband want to keep Myra as the name. but these days it’s very common name that’s why I don’t want to keep myra as her Name.
    Is it true that the name Mayil will be a reason for my daughter to be mocked?
    Please suggest.
    waiting for the reply.
    Thanks in advance.

  57. I love naina.. how do westeners pronounce it?
    Do they pronounce “naina” as nay-nah or na-ee-na?

  58. Hi Lakshmi,
    I know there are good intentions behind this but the considerations you listed before naming the child are downright offensive. I was born and raised in the US with an Indian name (Keerthi) and it made me connect and form a deeper connection with my Indian culture. My name is unique in the US and this helped many people remember it. I was even told by an interviewer that my unique name helped me stand out in the sea of Ashleys and Ryans (not in those exact words though heh). Instead of changing (anglicizing ) our beautiful names to avoid embarrassment and make it easier for Americans to pronounce, why not teach our children to be proud of their Indian names?

    • That’s great that you have a name that people in the West were able to pronounce and had positive associations.

      A lot of Indians who immigrate to Western countries aren’t aware of playground taunts or the English meanings of names and give their kids names like Kshitij and Hardik, which can be quite traumatising. Or names like Akriti and Radhika which are lovely but hard to pronounce by Westerners and usually end up mispronounced for life. “uh-kreedi” and “ru-deeka”.

      Not every parent cares about this but some do and simply don’t know. I think it’s great that Lakshmi has provided this resource for parents who DO care and want to be informed.

      The number of positive comments on this blog post only confirm that it’s appreciated.

      If you don’t care, don’t read it.

    • Lakshmi Reddy says:

      Hello Keerthi,
      I am so happy that it was easy for you growing up (Keerthi is actually quite a lovely and simple to pronounce name). I was just sharing a story about my own childhood. I, too, have grown to LOVE my name, however, it was just not easy growing up. I also have friends with names that made it even harder for them. My only intention here is to curate a collection of names that make this whole process easier for new parents that are looking for them. I hope you understand that this was written with the best of intentions.

  59. Hi Lakshmi,

    Request your take on the following names please. Both my wife and I have not been brought up in the West therefore we are not sure how these names will be pronounced by Westerners (English speakers). (We are based in New Zealand)

    Boy: Vivaan, Narein (short of Narendra)

    Girl: Tej-Noor, Agni

    Kind regards,


  60. My sister is expecting a baby girl and their names both start with the letter “m.” They want to name their daughter with the letter “m” as well, but i feel that would be too much M.
    They’ve settled on Manaa, with double A, meaning mind. Is this a good, flexible name?

  61. Hi Lakshmi,
    Very nice article. Thanks for sharing such good information. I am Devendra and my wife Priyanka recently blessed with baby girl. Since, we didn’t find much names and all we found were quite common girls name now a days. Finally, we choosed pet name ‘DIVA’ (Divine) and official name Divyanka (God Gift). Few months later, I went for grocery and the assistant asked my daughter name and when I said Diva, her expressions were ok. Then, I felt…is it something a name which doesn’t have good meaning in English/America. Please share your thoughts. Also, Please suggest something.
    Thank and Regards for your good efforts.

  62. Lakshmi can you send me baby girl new names i need 2015 indian baby girl names

  63. Can you please pick one for my newly born child as well please? I feel like creating a poll on surveymoney, have feedback based on pronunciation likeability, stickiness etc.. 😉

    1) Bikram Singh
    2) Daman Singh
    3) Siraj Singh

    Thank you for your feedback

  64. Hi Lakshmi

    Nice write up…. We are staying the USA at California..
    We have our baby girl named Varenya.. We got the idea from Gayathri mantra..
    Do you think this name will pass the playground test? Wondering what would be her American nickname and will people in general be able to pronounce it in the correct way..
    Looking forward for your reply
    Thank you

  65. vishal Khatri says:

    Easy to pronounce Indian names with British/American spelling forms

    Indian = American /British
    Vishal विशाल Vishaal
    Jagdish जगदीश Jugdish
    Vishali विशाली Vishaali/Vishalee
    Vishala विशाला Vishala/Vishaala
    Veer/Vir वीर Veer
    Vira/Veera वीरा Veera
    Sandeep सन्दीप Sundeep
    Sudip/Sudeep सुदीप Soodeep/Suudeep
    Sumit Soomit
    Suraj Sooraj
    Virat Viraat

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