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 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 Navarathri celebrations.
1. Aishani -- Another name for Goddess Durga
2. Durgadas - Devotee of Durga
3. Shakti -- This means power and is also another form of Goddess Durga
4. Sharada -- Goddess of learning or Goddess Saraswathi
5. Aparajita -- a form of Goddess Durga worshipped on Dussehra day
6.Ashvin - seventh month in the Hindu calender, in which the festival of Navrathri is celebrated
7. Kartikeya - Elder son of Lord Shiva and the God of war
8. Jyotsana -- Another name for the Devi, also means radiant flame
This is one of the biggest festivals celebrated across regions in India. . In Northern India, Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. In the South, it marks the slaying of Narakasura by Lord Krishna. The occasion is celebrated by lighting up clay lamps in Indian homes, which symbolises the passage from darkness to light. Here are some names for the little one who lights up your life --
9. Deepankar -- One who holds the lamp in his hands or someone who lights the lamp. This name is particularly popular in Bengal.
10. Chirag -- This name is quite popular in northern India but actually has a Arabic/Persian origin. It means light of the house or a lamp that is lit.
11. Kanchanprabha -- This name means Golden light and is associated with Diwali celebrations.
12. Navtej -- It means new light. The number nine also has some significance for people with this name.
13. Varthika -- This is a popular name given to girls born during Deepavali festival. Varthika in Sanskrit means lamp.
14. Deepali -- This name is a variation of the word Deepavali and it means a row of lighted lamps.
15. Rajdeep -- This name is associated with royalty and means the light of kings.
16. Arya -- This is another name for Goddess Lakshmi and is a popular name for babies born during Diwali time.
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 calender and culminates in the festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr, which marks the end of fasting and its celebrated by families with a grand feast.
Here are the names associated the festival --
17. Muhammad -- One who is worthy of praise, Last prophet of Islam
18. 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.
19. Najma -- This means bright star and is a lovely name for a baby girl in the Ramzan period.
20. Aayaan -- It means long night or intuition and has its origin in Persia
21. Ramadan -- This is the 9th month of the Islamic calender and baby boys born in this period are often given this name.
22. Ramzan -- This means the same as above and is a popular Muslim name all over the world.
23. Khadija -- It is an Arabic name which means trustworthy and respected. It is also the name of Muhammed first wife.
24. Salaam -- This is a name derived from the Quran, which means peace and security.
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.
Here are some popular names of Lord Ganesh --
25. Gaurinandan/Gaurusuta - Beloved son of Gauri, another name for Goddess Parvathi
26. Avighna -- The one who removes of all obstacles.
27. Avaneesh -- means the Lord of the world or the most superior God.
28. Pragnesh/Pragnay -- The one with the multiple qualities or a person with all the qualities of Ganesh.
29. Eshanputra -- Another name for Lord Shiva is Eshan and therefore, the son of the blue-throated God is called Eshanputra.
30. Khavish -- The word kavi means poet and Khavish stands for king of all the poets.
31. Shubhan -- This means auspicious. This name is used to refer to the deity because he is invoked by his devotees on all auspicious occasions.
32. Vignesh -- The ultimate remover of all obstacles is called Vignesh.
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.
33. Christopher -- This name is inspired by St Christopher, patron saint of travellers, believed to have carried baby Christ across a river.
34. Nicholas -- It is a Greek name which means people’s victory
35. Holly -- named after the Holly plant
36. Natalie -- French name meaning born at Christmas
37. Casper/Jasper -- One of the three wise men who visited baby Jesus Christ
38. Estelle -- This name has a Latin and French origin. It means star
39. Angel -- This is a common name associated with Christmas because of the association of angels with Jesus Christ.
40. Christian -- This is a popular name for babies born during Christmas and means follower of Christ.
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