For Hindu families, choosing a baby name involves more than just picking out a name that you like the sound of. There is a little more involved!

For example, Hindu families rely on Vedic astrology to guide their choices and seek the help of a pandit, who will draw out the baby’s astrological chart using the date, place and time of birth of the baby before the name is bestowed upon the child at a naming or ‘naamkaran’ ceremony.

It is also traditionally believed that a boy’s name should have letters in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8) and girls names should consist of odd-numbered letters (3, 5, 7, 9), but 11 is considered the most auspicious length for both genders!

Naming traditions are a cause for celebration in Hindu culture.

The Naamkaran is the formal naming ceremony performed to choose the baby name using these traditional methods. It is held in the first few weeks after birth, traditionally on the 6th, 11th, 12th or 14th day.

It’s a happy occasion, where the extended family get together for both the ceremony and celebration that follows.

Interested in Hindu baby names? We’ve gathered up some of our favourite Hindu baby names and their beautiful meanings in the galleries below …

 

It is traditionally believed that a boy’s name should have letters in even numbers and girls names should consist of odd-numbered letters!

25 Hindu Names for Boys and their beautiful meanings

  1. Aakesh: Lord of the sky
  2. Aarav: Peaceful
  3. Chandran: Moon
  4. Darsh: Sight
  5. Ekansh: Whole
  6. Evak: Equal
  7. Girik: Lord Shiva
  8. Hredhaan: One with a great heart
  9. Inesh: Strong king
  10. Ishaan: Lord Shiva
  11. Jihan: The universe
  12. Lekh: Document
  13. Lohit: Made of copper
  14. Manbir: Brave from heart
  15. Mayan: God of love
  16. Nihal: Joyous or successful
  17. Oviyan: Artist
  18. Pranit: Leader
  19. Rayaan: Gates of heaven
  20. Samesh: Equality
  21. Sanat: Lord Brahma
  22. Tuhin: Snow
  23. Umang: Enthusiasm
  24. Vaidik: Spritual
  25. Yash: Glory

11 lettered names are considered the most auspicious length for both genders!

25 Hindu Names for Girls and their beautiful meanings

  1. Aarna: Goddess Lakshmi
  2. Advika: World
  3. Bhavna: Purity
  4. Brinda: Tulsi
  5. Chakrika: Lakshmi
  6. Daksha: Earth
  7. Ela: Oak
  8. Eshana: Desire
  9. Falak: Brave
  10. Geetika: Beauty
  11. Hemangini: Jasmine
  12. Ishani: Consort of Lord Shiv
  13. Idika: Earth
  14. Jiera: Beautiful
  15. Kalki: White horse
  16. Lekha: Writing
  17. Mihika: Mist
  18. Maira: Beloved
  19. Nyra: Beauty of Goddess Saraswati
  20. Oishi: Divine
  21. Prisha: God’s gift
  22. Ridhi: Fortune
  23. Saira: Princess
  24. Turvi: Superior
  25. Yashica: Success