Whether you’re looking for names to honor your own family’s heritage or searching for a unique moniker with a strong and inspiring meaning, Indian boy names have a tremendous power and complexity to them that is hard to ignore.
Scroll on for some options you may not have considered yet — the perfect name for your baby boy might just be seconds away.
Origin: Hindi | Meaning: the first.
Sometimes short for Aditya, the name Adi (pronounced AH-dee) is a strong choice for a boy — and sounds pretty cute, too!
Origin: Hindi | Meaning: the unborn.
Aja (pronounced AY-zhah) was a king in Hindu mythology, and legend has it that when his wife died, he also died instantly of a broken heart. Granted, it’s not the happiest of stories, but it is certainly one of love and devotion.
Origin: Hindi | Meaning: the supporter.
Bharat (prounounced bar-AT) is a steadfast and noble name or sure. In addition to meaning “the supporter,” it’s also known as one of the official names for India itself, and reminiscent of the legendary King Bharat.
Origin: Sanskrit; Meaning: enlightenment; awakening.
This Sanskrit name has enjoyed brief spurts of fame in the U.S. over the years — first back in the ’90s as the name of Patrick Swayze’s character in Point Break, and again as a character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Generally, though, Bodhi‘s popularity has been rising since the 2000s, and was most recently the name Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed gave their firstborn. (Pronounced BOH-dee.)
Origin: Hindi; Meaning: symbol of the sun.
Chakra (pronounced SHAK-rah) is a term in the Hindu tantric tradition referring to the seven energy centers within the human body, though when it comes to the baby name, it’s pretty rare in the States. That said, it works as a pretty versatile unisex name with a bit of edge.
Origin: Sanskrit; Meaning: divine; God.
Speaking of edgy baby names … How cool is Dev? It’s derived from the Sanskrit “deva” and pronounced just as it looks, and has become a bit more common in America over the last few years, thanks to the rising star of actor Dev Patel, of the films Slumdog Millionaire and Lion.
Origin: Arabic; Meaning: one of a kind.
Farid (pronounced far-EED) is not only a popular Indian name, but it’s also a common name in the Middle East and North Africa. A common alternate spelling is “Fareed,” which you’re probably most familiar with thanks to CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria.
Origin: Hindi; Meaning: father of Vishvamitra.
Not to be confused with Gandhi, the name Gaadhi (also spelled Gadhi, and pronounced GAH-dee) was the father of Vishamitra, a historic king.
Origin: Hindi; Meaning: lord of the dwarves.
One of the most well-known and beloved Hindi deities, Ganesh (also known as Ganesha and pronounced gan-ESH) is associated with benevolence, and is the son of Shiva and Parvati.
Origin: Hindi; Meaning: laughing, smiling.
It’s hard to find a name more appropriate for a giggling baby than Hasin (pronounced HAH-sen), which literally means “laughing and smiling”. Variants include Hazen, which somehow feels a bit edgier with that “z”.
Origin: Sikh; Meaning: friend of the world.
Your kiddo is bound to be a true friend with a name like Jagmeet (pronounced jag-MEET)! Also sometimes spelled Jagmit, the name is perhaps best known in the Western world for being the name of Jagmeet Singh, leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party.
Origin: Sanskrit; Meaning: victory.
Jai (pronounced JYE) is a simple yet sophisticated name, and the masculine form of “Jaya.” You may know it well, thanks to the Indian film actor Jai Sampath, who gives the name some added cool factor.
Origin: Hindi; Meaning: lotus.
The name Kamal (pronounced ka-MAHL), meaning “lotus” or “pale red” in Hindi, actually has Arabic origins before becoming a popular name in Indian culture.
Origin: Sanskrit; Meaning: a form of Krishna.
Kannan (pronounced ka-NAHN) is derived from the Hindu god Krishna, who is known as Kannan by the Tamil people in southern India.
Origin: Sanskrit; Meaning: beam of light.
Originating from the Sanskrit word “kirana” the name Kiran (pronounced KEE-ran) is actually a unisex name meaning “beam of light”. So many if you don’t use it this time around, you can save it for your future daughter!
Origin: Hindi; Meaning: the house of beings.
Narayan (pronounced NAH-rye-en) is a pretty common Indian name, and variants include Narain or Naraynan.
Origin: Sanskrit; Meaning: little prince.
Talk about a perfect name for your little prince (literally!). Short for Rajah, the name Raj is commonly heard in many countries — though you may remember it best as the nickname for Jasmine’s beloved tiger in Aladdin (justus?!).
Origin: Sanskrit; Meaning: awesome, godlike.
Also known as Ramachandra, the Hindu god, Rama (pronounced RAH-ma) is a powerful name for any baby boy — just make sure it doesn’t go to his head!
Origin: Hindi; Meaning: descended from the sun god.
Sachi (pronounced SAH-chee) is the consort of Lord Indra, King of the Gods, in Indian mythology.
Origin: Sanskrit; Meaning: crown.
The name Taj has risen in popularity over the years, particularly in the last couple of years, probably because of its cool and edgy feel. It may also remind some of the Taj Mahal (which actually means “crown of places”), one of the seven wonders of the world located in India.