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How to Become a Hindu, Chapter 8: A Collection of Hindu Names

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How to Become a (Better) Hindu

Chapter 8: A Collection of Hindu Names

Hindudharmanusarena Namasvikarah

A Collection of Hindu Names

or individuals seeking to choose a Hindu name, we have humbly assembled here a list of names primarily from the South Indian Saivite tradition, favoring shorter names which would be most easily pronounced in the West. Other very good sources are 1) The Penguin Book of Hindu Names, by Maneka Gandhi, and 2) Pick a Pretty Indian Name for Your Baby, by Meenal Pandya and Rashmee Pandya-Bhanot. Each book contains thousands of names from many of Hinduism's rich traditions. There are also several wonderful websites (listed on p. 428) with extensive lists of Hindu names. As there is variety in traditions, there is variety in the pronunciation and spelling of names. For example, Siva in the North of India may become Sivan in the South. For this purpose, we have listed a number of alternatives when multiple spellings and pronunciations exist. Names marked with an (M) are masculine, and those marked with an (F) are feminine. Names marked (M-F) are suitable for both genders.

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If you are adopting or converting to Hinduism, we suggest that you select a first name and a last name, and proceed with confidence. The diacritical marks have been removed for web presentation purposes so confirm the proper pronunciation with Hindus in the community you are joining. Begin using your new name. Later it can be made legal.

AAbhisheka (M): inauguration; sacred oblation Acharya (M): teacher, scholar Adhyaksha (M): the great presider; Ganesha Adi (M): Primal Source; a name of Siva Aditi (F): freedom; security; Earth Aditya (M): name of seven Dieties of the heavenly sphere; a constallation; the seventh lunar mansion; the plant Calotropis Gigantea Adiyan, Adiyen (M): devotee, servant, slave Agama (M-F): coming forth; arrival; birth; knowledge; wisdom Agastya (M): thrower of mountains; one who humbles even the mountain; name of a rishi; Siva Agni (M): fire; gold; God of fire Agnikumar (M): son of Agni; a name of Murugan Agranya (M): first born; Ganesha Aja (M-F): unborn; Ganesha Ajita (F): invincible; irresistible; Siva and Vishnu Alahan (M): beautiful one; Murugan Amala (M-F): spotless; pure; shining; Lakshmi and Narayana; plant Hibiscus Cannabinus and tree Emblica Officianalis Amara (M): immortal; a God; the Rudraksha tree Amba (F): mother; a good woman; DurgA

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Ambara (M): circumference; sky; saffron; a kind of perfume Ambika (F): mother; sensitive; compassionate; loving; Parvati Ambikanatha (M): Ambika's lord; Siva Ambu (M): water Ambuja (M): produced in water; lotus; conch; the moon Amiya (F): full of tenderness; nectar Amrita (M-F): undying; immortal; imperishable; heaven; first kala of the moon; beautiful; beloved; divine nectar Anadi (M): eternal; immortal; Siva Anamaya (M-F): the savior of all ills; Murugan Anand, Ananda, Anandan (M): happiness; joy; blissful one; Siva and Gauri Anandapriya (M): dear one who gives joy Anandi (F): bestower of pleasure; Gauri Anant, Ananta (M): unending, eternal; the Earth; Parvati Anantamurti (M): of endless forms; Murugan Anantashakti (M-F): the potent lord; Murugan Anekatman (M): the plurality of souls; Siva Anil Kumar (M): son of the wind; Hanuman Anishvara (M): having no superior; Siva and Murugan Anjali (F): prayerful Appar (M): father; a famous Saivite saint Aran (M): forest dweller; Siva Arati (F): offering of fire; worship Arul (M): grace Arumuga, Arumugam (M): six-faced one; Murugan

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Arun (M), Aruna (F): red; passionate; life-giving; dawn; Surya Asha (F): hope; space; a quarter of the heavens Ashok, Ashoka (M): without sorrow Ashrita (F): the refuge; Ganesha Ashtamurti (M): lord of eight forms; Siva Asita (F): at rest; tranquil; at peace; Parvati Atmabhuvi (M-F): the unborn Self; Murugan Avyakta (M-F): the unmanifest; Siva

BBabhravi (F): fire-clad; victorious; omnipresent; descendent of sage Babhru; Durga Badarayani (F): new; young; pure; perfume Bageshri (F): prosperity; beauty; a raga Bahubhuja (F): many-armed; Durga Bahudama (F): strong; powerful; a mother of Skanda's retinue Bahugandha (F): strong-scented, very fragrant; jasmine; sandalwood; musk Bahulika (F): manifold, magnified, multiplied, multifaceted personality, the Pleiades Bahumati (F): extremely knowledgeable; a scholar Bahupushpa (F): decorated with flowers; respected, venerated Bakavati (F): having the qualities of a heron: attentive, patient, watchful, cautious Bakul (F): a flower Bakula (M), Bakuli (F): a kind of tree; the fragrant flower of Mimusops Elengi Bala (M-F), Balan (M): young boy or girl; newly risen; simple; pure; jasmine Balaganapati (M): infant Ganesha

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Balaja (M-F): born of power; Arabian jasmine; grain; the Earth Balakunda (F): young flower; jasmine Balasarasvati (F): Goddess of knowledge Balavati (F): powerful, strong; a daughter Banashri (F): beauty of the forest Bandhupriya (F): dear to friends and relations Bandhura (F): rounded; lovely, charming Banita (F): woman Banshi (M): a flute; sweet-voiced; melodious Barhayita (F): as beautiful as the eye on a peacock feather Barhisha (F): kusha grass; ether; water; fire; sacrifice; light; splendor Baruna, Baruni (F): wife of lord of the Sea; Durga Basanti (F): of the spring; the yellow color associated with spring Basantika (F): spring Batika (F): flower Beanta (M): without end, eternal Bekuri (F): playing a musical instrument; an apsara Bela (F): jasmine; wave; time Beman (M): detached Beni (M): plait of hair Beniprasada (M): flowers sacred enough for offering Bhadra (M-F): fair, auspicious, beautiful; fortunate, prosperous; happy; gentle; Siva Bhadrarupa (F): of beautiful form Bhadrashashti (F): form of Durga Bhadrasoma (F): as noble and beautiful as the moon

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Bhadravalli (F): beautiful vine; Arabian jasmine BhadrikA (F), Bhadrika (M): noble; beautiful, virtuous; auspicious Bhagada (F): bestower of wealth and happiness; an attendant of Skanda Bhagavat (M-F): possessing fortune; happy; divine; venerable Bhagavati (F): God and nature conjoined; the Creator Bhakta, Bhaktar (M): devotee Bhaktavatsala (M-F): lover of devotees; Murugan Bhakti (F): devotion, homage, piety Bhalla (M-F): auspicious; Siva Bhallaka (M): a bear Bhalli (F): arrow Bhamini (F): shining, radiant, glorious; passionate Bhanavi (F): descendant of the sun; shining like the sun; sacred; glorious, enlightening Bhandila (F): fortune Bhanuja (F): daughter of the sun; the Yamuna river Bhanupriya (F): beloved of the sun Bhanushri (F): glorious as the sun Bharanda (M): one who fulfills; master; lord Bharanyu (M): protector, master; fire, sun; friend Bharatha (M): world protector Bharati (F): descendant of Bharata; articulate; meritorious, virtuous Bharga (M-F): the effulgent one; Siva Bharita (M-F): green Bhashat (M): the heart

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Bhasmapriya (M): a friend of the holy ash; a name of Siva Bhati (F): lovely, liked by all; perceptible; luminous; splendour Bhatta, Bhattara, Bhatti (M): noble lord; prince; king Bhattini (F): noble lady; a famous poet Bhava (M-F), Bhavan (M): existence itself; Siva Bhavabhuti (M-F): prosperity; the ashes of Siva Bhavada (M-F): giving life; cause of existence Bhavaja (F): born of the heart; beautiful; compassionate Bhavanatha (M): lord of creation Bhavani (F): noble, beautiful; Parvati Bhavanikanta (M): Bhavani's husband Bhavanti (F): charming; new; virtuous wife Bhavarupa (M-F): handsome or beautiful Bhavayana (M), Bhavayani (F): coming from Siva; GaMga Bhavesha (M): Siva, lord of wordly existence Bhavyakirti (F): of great fame; wise Bhima (M-F): of awesome strength; Siva Bija (F): germ, seed; element, source; the mystical root letter of a mantra Bijakshara (F): the seed alphabet, Aum, the first syllable of a mantra; the atomic alphabet; profound, omnipotent Bijamati (F): a mind good at comprehending causes Bijanjali (F): a handful of seeds; life-giving Bijapushpa (F): a flower, maruvaka Bijli (F): lightning, bright, illuminating, enlightening Bijya (F): born of good parents

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Bina (F): intelligence; lute, harmonious, melodious Boddhri (M): a seer, one who knows, a preceptor Bodha (M), Bodhana (M-F), Bodhi (F): knowledge, awakening; sermon; perception; Brihaspati Bodhendra (M): lord of intelligence; Brahmani (F): Brahma's beloved Buddhi (F): intellect; Ganesha's consort Buddhipriya (M-F): lover of intelligence; Ganesha

CCeyon (M): ancient Tamil name of Lord Murugan Chachari (M): moving quickly, restless Chaha (M): desire, desired, charming, loving Chaidya (M): intelli