Baby Names Inspired by Indian Festivals

Most Indian parents look for baby names inspired by Indian festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Ramzan or Christmas. Here are a few baby names inspired by various Indian festivals and their meaning.

By Team ParentCircle

Baby Names Inspired by Indian Festivals

Naming your baby is one of the inimitable joys of parenthood and everyone wants to get it right. While many parents believe in sticking with the modern, when choosing a name for the little one, others want to pay tribute to the rich cultural heritage and traditions of India.

And what can be more exciting than to derive inspiration from the plethora of Indian festivals for your baby’s name? From the fearless demeanour of the Goddess Durga to the symbolic Diwali lights that brighten up our lives, cultural celebrations throw up some interesting names that will help your baby shine. We give you a selection of some of the ideas for baby names that pay homage to Indian festivities. Parents, take your pick.

Dussehra/Durga Puja

Dussehra is a celebration that generally marks the victory of good over evil in Indian mythology and is celebrated in different ways across the country. In the eastern region, this festival is synonymous to Vijayadashami, the last day of Durga Puja and marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. In other parts of the country, Dussehra is the culmination of the nine-day festival, Navarathri that happens during the month of Ashvin in the Hindu calender. In the North, it also coincides with Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana.

Names inspired by this festival typically pay reverence to the Goddess or to the Navaratri celebrations.

Names for baby boys born on Dussehra/Durga puja

  1.  Aaryan – Noble person
  2. Durgadas - Devotee of Durga
  3. Ashvin - Seventh month of the Hindu calendar, in which the festival of Navratri is celebrated
  4. Kartikeya - Elder son of Lord Shiva and the God of war
  5. Saumya – Handsome and intelligent
  6. Anmol – Priceless, invaluable
  7. Bhavaniprasad – Blessing of Goddess Durga
  8. Bhavanidas — Devotee of Goddess Durga
  9. Durgesh – Goddess Durga
  10. Gauransh – Part of Goddess Durga

Names for baby girls born on Dussehra/Durga puja

  1. Aishani -- Another name for Goddess Durga
  2. Shakti -- This means power and is also another form of Goddess Durga
  3. Sharada -- Goddess of learning or Goddess Saraswathi
  4. Aparajita -- a form of Goddess Durga worshipped on Dussehra day
  5. Jyotsana -- Another name for the Devi, also means radiant flame
  6. Gayathri – Goddess Durga, good character
  7. Jaya – Goddess Durga, victorious
  8. Nandana – Daughter, happiness
  9. Shatakshi — One with 100 eyes
  10. Shambhavi – Goddess Durga

Makar Sakranti

Celebrated in the month of January, the festival of Makar Sankranti is dedicated to the Sun god. This day marks the beginning of the Sun's northward journey. It also marks the end of the winter season in India and the beginning of a new harvest season. This festival is celebrated throughout India and is known by various names.

Names for baby boys born on Makar Sankranti

  1. Aaditya – The Sun god
  2. Agneya – Son of Agni god
  3. Abhijaat – Noble, learned and aristrocratic
  4. Gahan – Mysterious or incomprehensible
  5. Gandharva – a celestial being well-versed in music
  6. Jahnu – Name of a sage, life force
  7. Kabir – Name of a saint
  8. Kairav – Lotus, born from water
  9. Nachiketa – Fire, Name of a sage
  10. Palash – Name of a flowering tree

Names for baby girls born on Makar Sankranti

  1. Aabhaa – Radiance, light, glow
  2. Aamrapali – Leaf of the mango tree
  3. Arunika – Red, bright, life giving
  4. Bhanupriya – Beloved of the Sun god
  5. Chandana – Sandalwood, parrot
  6. Chandrabali – A friend of Lord Krishna
  7. Damini/Saudamini – Lightening
  8. Esha – Goddess Parvati, desire, purity
  9. Harini – Doe or deer
  10. Haripriya – Goddess Lakshmi, consort of Lord Vishnu

Ramzan 

Ramzan or Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of fasting that Muslims commemorate around the world by observing a dawn to sunset fast. This is the 9th month according to the Islamic calendar and culminates in the festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr, which marks the end of fasting and its celebrated by families with a grand feast.

Names for baby boys born on Ramadan

  1. Muhammad -- One who is worthy of praise, Last prophet of Islam
  2. Hilaal - This is another name for Moon. Since the celestial body is central to Ramzan celebrations, this name is popular for children born in this period
  3. Aayaan -- It means long night or intuition and has its origin in Persia
  4. Ramadan -- This is the 9th month of the Islamic calender and baby boys born in this period are often given this name
  5. Ramzan -- This means the same as above and is a popular Muslim name all over the world
  6. Salaam -- This is a name derived from the Quran, which means peace and security
  7. Aabid – Worshipper, devout
  8. Bilaal – Companion of the Prophet Muhammad, that which quenches thirst
  9. Daanish – Wisdom, knowledge
  10. Faisal – Strong and handsome

Names for baby girls born on Ramadan

  1. Najma -- This means bright star and is a lovely name for a baby girl in the Ramzan period
  2. Khadija -- It is an Arabic name which means trustworthy and respected. It is also the name of Muhammed first wife
  3. Aabidah – Worshipper, devout
  4. Bahaa – Beautiful
  5. Fahmida – Intelligent and knowledgeable
  6. Falak – Sky
  7. Ghazala – Deer, or like a deer
  8. Hadiya – Gift or present
  9. Jabeen – River Ganga, forehead
  10. Kanwal – Lotus

Ganesh Chaturthi 

This festival is celebrated in most regions of India in honour of Ganesh, the elephant God. He is supposed to have been created by his mother Parvathi from her sweat and was given the head of an elephant. The 10-day festival involves the putting up of pandals for the deity and different offerings are made to the God. It is celebrated in a grand scale in the state of Maharashtra.

Names for baby boys born on Ganesh Chaturthi

  1. Gaurinandan/Gaurusuta - Beloved son of Gauri, another name for Goddess Parvathi
  2. Avaneesh -- means the Lord of the world or the most superior God.
  3. Pragnesh/Pragnay -- The one with the multiple qualities or a person with all the qualities of Ganesh.
  4. Eshanputra -- Another name for Lord Shiva is Eshan and therefore, the son of the blue-throated God is called Eshanputra.
  5. Khavish -- The word kavi means poet and Khavish stands for king of all the poets.
  6. Shubhan -- This means auspicious. This name is used to refer to the deity because he is invoked by his devotees on all auspicious occasions.
  7. Vignesh -- The ultimate remover of all obstacles is called Vignesh.
  8. Amay – Fair, immeasurable
  9. Aariket – Without desire, Lord Ganesh
  10. Audarya – Generous or benevolent

Names for baby girls born on Ganesh Chaturthi

  1. Avighna -- The one who removes of all obstacles.
  2. Buddhipriya – Giver of knowledge
  3. Gunina – One who possesses all virtues
  4. Haridra – One with a golden complexion
  5. Kshipra – Name of a river, swift
  6. Shweta – White, pure as the colour white
  7. Sumukha – One with an auspicious face
  8. Taruni – A young girl
  9. Varaprada – One who grants boons
  10. Vinaya – Humble

Christmas 

This is an annual celebration held all over the world and marks the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on December 25 every year. Christians celebrate by going to church for special Mass, giving gifts to near and dear ones and having a traditional meal with the whole family.

Names for baby boys born on Christmas

  1. Christopher -- This name is inspired by St Christopher, patron saint of travellers, believed to have carried baby Christ across a river
  2. Nicholas -- It is a Greek name which means people’s victory
  3. Casper/Jasper -- One of the three wise men who visited baby Jesus Christ
  4. Christian -- This is a popular name for babies born during Christmas and means follower of Christ
  5. Noël – French name meaning Christmas
  6. Theodore – Gift of god, or God-given
  7. Rudolph – Wolf, fame, glory (of Germanic origin)
  8. Matthew – Gift of god
  9. Yeshua – Another version of the name Jesus
  10. Zane – God is gracious or Gift of god

Names for baby girls born on Christmas

  1. Holly -- named after the Holly plant
  2. Natalie -- French name meaning born at Christmas
  3. Estelle -- This name has a Latin and French origin. It means star
  4. Angel -- This is a common name associated with Christmas because of the association of angels with Jesus Christ.
  5. Celeste – Latin name meaning Heavenly
  6. Hermione – Daughter of King Menelaus of Sparta and Helen of Troy, messenger
  7. Jemima – One of the three beautiful daughters of Job, little dove
  8. Bianca – Italian for white or shining
  9. Serafina – Winged angel, ardent (in Italian)
  10. Lucia – Italian name meaning graceful light

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Written by Team ParentCircle on 19 September 2017. Last updated on 2 April 2020.

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