Your precious baby boy is here! You want to give him an Indian name? Well, here we are with an exquisite list specially curated for you. From names of kings to sportsmen, we have them all!
By Siddiqha Naseem
You only get to name your baby once. So, choosing the right name is extremely important. Yes, it’s not an easy task and sometimes, even nine months is not enough to choose a name that perfectly suits your darling. While you hope to choose a name that's universal and stylish, you also want to draw on your cultural and traditional roots.
And to top it all, your child should not grow up to regret the name he is given!
Well, by now, you will probably have compiled a seemingly never-ending list of baby boy names. You must have scoured the Internet and received plenty of Indian baby boy names suggestions from well-meaning family and friends! But it's possible you're yet to find that one name that touches the right chord. We understand that. To help, we have specially curated a list of 20 Indian baby boy names that are contemporary and also, culturally rooted. We have categorised these under four different themes — so you can pick the perfect name for your bonny baby boy.
1. Name: Harsha
Meaning and inspiration: Harsha means 'joy' or 'delight'. This name belongs to King Harsha Vardhana, one of the greatest rulers of the Pushyabhuti dynasty, back in 606 to 647 AD (Anno Domini — the year Jesus was born). He was a capable ruler in India.
2. Name: Vikram
Meaning and inspiration: Vikram means the 'Son of valour'. Vikram is short for Vikramaditya, the third son of Pulakeshi II, who succeeded to the throne of the Chalukya dynasty. He reigned from 655 to 680 CE (Common Era).
3. Name: Achyut
Meaning and inspiration: Achyut means 'indestructible'. It is the name of a ruler of the Vijayanagara Empire of South India. Achyuta Deva Raya (1529–1542 CE) brought prosperity to his people. He was handpicked by his elder brother, Krishna Deva Raya, as an able successor.
4. Name: Shiva
Meaning and inspiration: Shiva means 'God of the Moon'. It is the name of one of the well-known rulers of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji, whose rule marks the beginning of the Maratha empire. Shivaji was a one-of-a-kind ruler. He set up the Indian Navy by establishing a naval fleet called the Maratha navy.
5. Name: Akbar
Meaning and inspiration: Akbar means 'great'. Inspired by Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar, more famously known as 'Akbar the Great'. He was a magnificent Mughal emperor whose glory spread across the country, after the second Battle of Panipat.
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1. Name: Neil
Meaning and inspiration: Neil means 'champion'. This name became quite popular in India after the Johnny Gaddar star, actor Neil Nitin Mukesh.
2. Name: Aditya
Meaning and inspiration: Aditya means the 'Lord of the Sun'. Although the name was quite popular earlier, it is slowly trending again, inspired by the Aashiqui 2 star Aditya Roy Kapoor.
3. Name: Nawaz
Meaning and inspiration: Nawaz means 'kindness'. It gained popularity because of the nifty actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Nawazuddin has starred in blockbusters like Black Friday, Badlapur and a recent web series Sacred Games.
4. Name: Rana
Meaning and inspiration: Rana means 'eye-catching'. The name is inspired by the actor Rana Daggubati. Rana is a South Indian actor who gave a brilliant performance in the movie Bahubali.
5. Name: Raj Kumar
Meaning and inspiration: Raj Kumar means 'prince'. The name is in the news because of Bollywood sensation Raj Kummar Rao. This talented Indian actor is versatile and gifted. So much so that he has won several recognitions including, the National Film Award, three Filmfare Awards and an Asia Pacific Screen Award.
1. Name: Abhimanyu
Meaning and inspiration: The name Abhimanyu is inspired by a mythological character in the Mahabharata. It is the name of Arjuna and Subhadra’s son. Abhimanyu was considered the reincarnation of the Moon God, Chandra.
2. Name: Ambar
Meaning and inspiration: Ambar means 'sky'. The name is said to belong to an Ikshvaku king, Ambarisha, son of Mandhatri. It is believed that he conquered the whole world in the space of a week.
3. Name: Nakul
Meaning and inspiration: Nakul means 'handsome'. The Sanskrit name Nakul hails from the epic Mahabharata and is the name of one of the Pandava brothers. Nakul is also another name for Lord Shiva.
4. Name: Ekalavya
Meaning and inspiration: The name is inspired by Ekalavya from the Mahabharata. He is known for his loyalty, for he offers his thumb as gurudhakshina (fee for the master) to his master Dronacharya.
5. Name: Manu
Meaning and inspiration: The name is inspired by Shraddhadeva Manu who is believed to be the forefather of the human race and the giver of religious laws, as per Hindu mythology.
1. Name: Virat
Meaning and inspiration: Virat means 'majestic'. The name gained popularity after cricketer Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team.
2. Name: Anir
Meaning and inspiration: Anir means 'divine' and 'immortal'. This name is inspired by golf player Anirban Lahiri. He is a golfing star and was named to the 2015 Presidents Cup squad, the first player from India to earn the honour.
3. Name: Rohan
Meaning and inspiration: Rohan means 'ascending' or 'blossom'. This name is popular yet again thanks to Rohan Bopanna, the Indian tennis star, who won his maiden Grand Slam title in 2017. With this victory, he joins an elite list of Indian tennis stars including Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi.
4. Name: Sunil
Meaning and inspiration: Sunil means 'dark'. The inspiration is Sunil Chhetri, an Indian professional footballer. In 2018, Chhetri became the world’s second highest goal-scorer beating Lionel Messi, the iconic Argentine footballer.
5. Name: Neeraj
Meaning and inspiration: The name is derived from Niraja, a Sanskrit word meaning 'water-born'. An eminent personality with this name is Neeraj Chopra, the first Indian Javelin thrower to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Baby naming can be so much fun, right? From the 20 exceptional names listed above, we hope you find one that will be just perfect for your wee darling. And here is a naming tip: you could also come up with a unique baby name by merging yours and your spouse’s names creatively together. Interesting right? Well, all the best in your search for the right name. And as always, happy parenting!
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Written by Siddiqha Naseem in February 2019.
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