“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,
by any other name would smell as sweet.”William Shakespeare
Your little bundle of joy will smell sweet forever to you, no matter what you call her. But that doesn’t stop you from finding a beautiful baby name for your little angel ! In fact there’s a lot in a name to affect your baby’s life and that is why naming a baby can be a delightful yet confusing quest for you. Indian parents these days are often caught between the dilemma of choosing a unique baby name and following the traditional naming process, while still being on the trend-o-meter.
So, before unfolding a list of unique yet beautiful boy names and girl names to you, let us delve a little deeper into the traditional way of naming a baby and how today’s Indian parents are finding different ways of blending modernity with tradition. Let’s see
- the traditional way of naming a baby
- How the modern parents are choosing the right baby names
- Top 80 baby girl names of 2019
- Top 80 baby boy names of 2019
Traditional way of naming a baby
When choosing a newborn baby name, a very sophisticated method is followed in our tradition. Unlike other countries, the Indian parents do not decide their baby’s name before birth (besides maybe a nickname). Once the baby is born, considering the astrological calculations and after observing the child for a certain period of time, a person, well-versed with the naming methods, chooses a sound, or an alphabet, that is the reverberation of the life energy blooming within the child. This sound, according to the traditional Indian culture, has a significant role in the life of this little bundle of joy–whether is comes to choosing a baby girl name or a baby boy name.
Even the meaning of the name is not that important. But the sound, which in another word, is a mere vibration, is said to have a positive effect particularly on the baby. The senior members of the family or some other knowledgeable person will select the child’s name which contains or basically starts with this chosen sound. Every time she is called by this name, it should create that reverberating energy, which will help the child find the full expression of her life.
Hence, when naming a child, her parents and her family consult an astrologer or a pundit (priest) first to find out that fundamental sound, or alphabet, that will create a positive vibe within the child.
This tradition is still being followed in every part of India. However, parents are looking for a bit more liberty when choosing their baby boy names or baby girl names and therefore trying other ways as well.
Trend of unique baby names
Do you remember those 5 Amits and 4 Nehas from your class? Did you call them by their surnames to avoid confusions? The very fact of finding their namesakes in every school they go, every company they join, or every gathering they attend, has made today’s parents look for a unique name when it comes to choosing their child’a names. Hope next time when you email your colleague at rajeev5kumar@….com; you will realise what motivated him to christen his daughter with a name as tongue-twisting as Riyanshika!!!
Our previous generations, used to have more children than us and followed the traditional way of choosing baby names more religiously. They often ended with a very limited list of names. Besides, as per the tradition, they emphasised more on the starting sound than the rest of the name (be it the meaning or what comes after the chosen first sound). Hence, children of that era shared their names with many of their school friends.
Now when those children grew up, in better socio-economic conditions, they made a choice to be more meticulous about anything and everything they can do for their future generation. Moreover, today’s generation has access to an enormous source of information (read google) right within their finger’s reach. In addition to that, most of the couples have just one or two children, who they invest all their attention to. Hence, parents, these days wish their little one to be unique in every way. Unique baby names have, therefore, become one of the most significant subjects to research on, once the baby arrives. So even if most Indians still follow the traditional way of naming their babies, the whole gamut of baby names has expanded a thousand folds, helping them find a unique baby name for their little bundle of joy.
In pursuit of finding a unique baby name, Indian parents are being influenced by the following trends :
1. The global appeal when naming a baby
The more the Indians are moving abroad, they are preferring baby names with foreign origin or of Indian origin but sound close to some foreign name. Maybe the fear of getting a beautiful Sanskrit name distorted by foreign accents is behind this.
Thus, Indian baby names like Kavin (close to Kevin), Ivaan (Ivan), Rashil (Russel), Vivaan (Vivian) are being preferred by the new parents because of their global appeals.
For the same reason, the preference of millennial parents for baby names with the foreign origin is growing fast. For boy names, Irish names like Aaidan, Ryan, etc. are coming on the top of the list. Other baby boy names with foreign origin include Adrian, Brian, Jayden, Leo, Prince etc.
For girls names Greek origins continue to be the favourite choice as Sophia, Kyra, Andrea are gaining more and more popularity. Among other girl names, Angel, Bianca, Diana, Liya, Kiara, Grace, etc. are some of the top choices.
2. Looking for a more meaningful baby names
A short name has been a preference till but, but things are changing. A name consisting more than two syllables is gaining more popularity. To say it in other words, parents are emphasising more on the meaning of the name or the story behind the naming than on the syllables it consists.
Hence longer girl names like Adweta, Ekantika, Pratyusha, Niharika is being preferred by the millennial parents. For boy names, you might hear a number of any of the following names in your child’s playschool: Atharv, Sarthak, Vivaan or Rishaan.
3. Favourite letter
‘A’ continues to be the most popular initial when choosing a baby name irrespective of gender. Being the first alphabet, ‘A’ has been considered auspicious among the parents of all time. But today’s competitive age has added more significance to the fist alphabet than any of the previous generations. Since ‘A’ comes first in the alphabetical order, parents are even more eager to choose names like Aadil, Aaradhya, Aarav or Aadvik.
After ‘A,’ the second favourite letter for the parents is ’S.’ Many sweet names with impressive meanings or interesting origins begin with the letter ’S’. Therefore, although it comes far down in the alphabetical order, parents prefer to sound their baby name unique and nice. Hence, names like Saanvi, Sanaya, Souriya, Samaira, Samaksh, Satvik, that are uncommon yet beautiful are becoming more popular.
4. Inspiring celebrity baby names
Who else sets any trend more effectively than a celebrity! Naming a baby is no exception. In their quest for searching unique names, parents are being influenced by celebrities in choosing their children’s name. So be it knowing how to combine part of parents’ names to form a cute baby name, or finding the most stylish baby name or searching for a name with a remarkable story behind it, you may like to take a look on the celebrity baby names listed below :
|Celebrity couples||Name of their kids (baby girl names, baby boy names)|
| || |
|Ajay Devgan and Kajal||Nysa (daughter) and Yug (son)|
|Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna||Nitara (daughter) and Arav (son)|
|Hrithik and Sussanne||Hrehaan (son) and Hridhaan (son)|
|Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput||Misha (daughter) and Zain (son)|
|Abhishek and Aishwarya||Aaradhya (daughter)|
|Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukerji||Adira (daughter)|
|Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty||Viaan (son)|
|Sanjay Dutt and Manyata||Shaahran (son) and Iqra (daughter)|
|Karishma Kapoor and Sanjay Kapur||Samaira (daughter) Kiaan Raj (son)|
|Sriram Nene and Madhuri Dixit||Ryan (son) and Aaron (son)|
|Shahrukh Khan and Gauri Khan||Aryan(son), Suhana (daughter), AbRam (son)|
|Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar||Arjun(son), Sara (daughter)|
|Sourav and Dona Ganguly||Sana (daughter)|
|Virendra Sehwag||Aryavir (son) and Vedant (son)|
|V.V.S. Laxman and Shailaja||Aachinthya (daughter) and Sarvajit (son)|
|Ravindra Jadeja and Rivaba Solanki||Nidhyana (daughter)|
5. Influence of numerology when deciding baby name
Although numerology is an age-old concept, more and more parents are becoming inclined to it while naming their babies. In this process, after naming their babies, (traditional or modern way) parents consult a numerologist to make slight changes of the name, if already not checked with a numerologist for an auspicious name. For example, adding an alphabet or changing the spelling a bit to make it numerologically correct.
Like the traditional way, the first letter is of great significance in the numerological way of naming a baby. Next step is finding the same expression number. It is calculated from the first names and calculated to the range of 1-9. The baby’s birth date must match with her expression number. Finally, it requires to find the name number, which is calculated from the name and the surname.
The prevalence of numerological influence in parents’ mind leads to spelling the same name in multiple ways like Abir, Aabir, Abeer or Myra, Maira, Mayra, Maiyra, Mairah.
Naming of twins
When the joy of parenthood gets doubled, parents wish to make that moment of happiness last forever. Finding twin baby names becomes the most fascinating and innovative. Should they be rhyming, or have similar or associated meanings, or be complimentary to each other, parents’ creativity works at its best when it comes to naming twins.
1. Unique twin baby boys names
|Baby name||Meaning||Twin baby name||Meaning|
|Darsh||Sight, Lord Krishna||Harsh||Joy|
|Jihan||The universe||Ishan||Lord Shiva, The Sun|
|Jayant||Victorious, star||Vijayant||Victor, Lord Indra|
|Shivam||Lord Shiva, elegant||Shundaram||Beautiful|
2. Unique twin baby boy-girl names
|Baby name||Meaning||Twin baby name||Meaning|
|Ishank||The peak of the Himalaya, Lord Shiva and Parvati||Ishanya||East, northeast|
|Neer||Water, one of the 5 elements||Neerja||Lotus, Goddess Lakshmi|
|Sanay||Ancient, One who will last forever||Sanya||Eminent, born on Saturday|
3. Unique twin baby girl names
|Baby name||Meaning||Twin baby name||Meaning|
|Asmita||Pride, self respect||Sushmita||Beautiful smile|
|Gita||The holy book of the Hindus||Sangeeta||Music|
|Divya||Divine lustre, charming||Bhavya||Grace, Virtuous, Goddess Parvati|
|Prajna||Ultimate understanding of the true nature of existence and reality||Paramita||Perfection, transcended|
|Lavanya||Grace, beauty||Karunya||Compassionate, Goddess Laksmi|
|Soumya||Peace, handsome||Ramya||Beautiful, captivating|
Top 80 most popular unique baby girl names of 2019
|Aaradhyaa||One who is worth worshipping|
|Aakanksha||Desire or wish|
|Aarushi||First ray of the sun|
|Aayushi||One who has long life|
|Ananya||Unique, Goddess Parvati|
|Chaitali||Born in the month of Chaitra|
|Chitrita||Beautiful, decorated, picturesque|
|Eesha||Purity, goddess Parvati|
|Falguni||Born in the month of Falgun, Feminine beauty|
|Gargi||Female scholar in ancient India|
|Gunjan||A girl with voice of the humming bees|
|Gaurika||A young girl|
|Gayatri||Mother of the Vedas|
|Hrishita||One who brings joy in her life|
|Himani||Glacier, Goddess Parvati|
|Ishita||Desired by all|
|Indrakshi||One having beautiful eyes|
|Jaanvi||The river Ganga, As precious as your life|
|Jayanti||Victorious, Goddess Durga|
|Mahika||As gentle as a morning dew drop|
|Nainika||Pupil of the eyes|
|Niharika||Galaxy, Bunch of stars|
|Naivedya||Offering to god|
|Padmakshi||Goddess Lakshmi, One with eyes as beautiful as lotus|
|Parijat||A celestial flower|
|Riddhi||Power or success|
|Swara||Manifestation of musical notes of nature|
|Shanaya||Someone who shines as bright as the morning sun|
|Tanvi||Delicate and beautiful girl|
|Ujjaini||An ancient city|
|Vidhi||Bringer of destiny|
|Yukta||Skilful, United and absorbed|
Top 80 most popular unique baby boy names of 2019
|Atharv||The first Veda|
|Abhimanyu||Son of Arjuna|
|Devansh||A part of god|
|Divit||One who has conquered death|
|Eklavya||The brave and loyal disciple of Dronacharya|
|Hredhaan||One with great heart|
|Hrithik||From the heart|
|Haneesh||Ambitious, Lord Shiva|
|Ishan||Lord Sun, Guardian of the north east|
|Indrajit||Conqueror of Indra|
|Jivaj||Full of life|
|Krish||Compassionate, Lord Krisha|
|Kiaan||Grace of God|
|Manas|| One of the 16 dimension of mind, that represents the processing mind according to |
|Mitesh||One with few desires|
|Manu||Father of human being|
|Naman||Good fundamental nature|
|Neil||Variation of Neel. Means Blue|
|Nakul||one of the 5 Pandavas, Lord Shiva|
|Narendra||Kind of men|
|Om||Most sacred mantra in Hinduism|
|Omkar||Sound of Om, divine sound|
|Parth||Son of mother earth|
|Pranav||Sacred sound Om|
|Pallav||Young shoots and leaves|
|Reyansh||Ray of light|
|Shresht||Best of all|
|Shivansh||Part of lord Shiva|
|Vedant||Vedic way of self realisation, one who knows Vedas|
|Vivaan||Full of life|