40 Indian Names for Multicultural Babies

Naming your baby can be a difficult task, there are just so many things to think about! You want the name to complement your surname, have a significant meaning and not remind you of anyone you would rather forget…

There is a little extra to consider when your baby is going to be born into two cultures, two countries and two languages. Does the Indian name sound like a negative English word and vice versa? Will both our families like it and be able to pronounce it? I imagine this is also important for Indian expats or Non-Resident Indians living and raising babies overseas.

I wanted to share with you my hours research and my 40 favourite multicultural Indian baby names!

20 Girl Names

Indian Name

Sanskrit Meaning

Similar to/Other meanings

Anjali Offering Angela, Latin name meaning ‘Messenger of God’
Anita Full of Grace Hebrew name meaning ‘Grace’
Anushka Ray of Light Russian name of endearment
Arya Noble, Precious Hebrew name meaning ‘Lioness’, a Character in Game of Thrones
Dhara Plant Earth Dara, Irish name meaning ‘Pearl of Wisdom’
Heera Diamond Hera, a Greek name meaning ‘Queen of Heaven’
Janika Mother, Goddess Sita Slavic name meaning ‘God is Gracious’
Kareena Pure Carina, an Italian name meaning ‘Cute’
Lola Goddess Lakshmi Spanish name meaning ‘Virgin Mary’
Maya Illusion, Goddess Durga Roman name meaning ‘Mother Earth’
Meghna Thunder Meghan, a Welsh name meaning ‘Pearl’
Nikita Earth, Temple Russian name meaning ‘Unconquerable’
Rita Truth Spanish name meaning ‘Pearl’
Roma Goddess Lakshmi Italian name meaning ‘Of Rome’
Saraswati Goddess of Knowledge Sara, Hebrew name meaning ‘Princess’
Sheela Good Conduct Shelia, Latin name meaning ‘Heavenly’
Sonia Golden Russian variation of the Greek name ‘Sophia’, meaning ‘Wisdom’
Tanya Of the Family Name of an early Christian martyr
Tara Star Irish name meaning ‘Where the Kings Meet’
Tula Born under the star of Libra Germanic name meaning ‘Strength’
mother-in-law baby naming ceremony | western sounding Indian baby names

A traditional Indian naming ceremony, with my mother-in-law’s cook’s grandson!

20 Boys Names

Indian Name

Sanskrit

Similar to/Other Meanings

Ajay Unconquerable, Invincible A.J.
Anand Bliss Andy
Arun Sun Aaron, a Hebrew name meaning ‘Lofty’
Ashwin Light Anglo-Saxon name meaning ‘Swift, Thai name meaning ‘Brave Knight’.
Biren Lord of Warriors Byron, the romantic poet
Bodhi Enlightenment, Bodhi tree Popular name used by many American celebrities. Similar to Brody
Dharun Supporting Darren, an English name associated with the Oak tree
Dhilan Son of Waves Dylan, Welsh name meaning ‘great sea’
Hans Swan Scandinavian name meaning ‘Gift from God’
Hari Lion, Name of Vishnu Harry, you know, like Potter
Jay Victory English name meaning ‘To Rejoice’
Kiran Ray of Light Kieran, an Irish name meaning ‘Little Dark One’
Milan Coming Together of People Slavic name meaning ‘Beloved’. The fashion capital of Italy
Mohan Charming Moe
Neil Acquirer Gaelic name meaning ‘Cloud’ or ‘Passionate’
Nikhil Complete Nick
Rahul Conqueror of Miseries Arabic name meaning ‘traveler’
Rohan Ascending Gaelic name meaning ‘Red’. It’s also the name of a realm in ‘the Lord of the Rings’.
Samesh Lord of Equality Sam
Sunil Dark Blue Sunny

Many cultures in India wait until the baby is born and determine the name from their astrological birth chart. We decided not to do that because we wanted the name to reflect both cultures in some way. We decided on Rohan’s name whilst I was still in my second trimester of pregnancy. I loved that it was both a Sanskrit and Gaelic (I’ve some Celtic blood) name.

Turns out there that his name was also written in the stars in a way. On the day Rohan was born, we realised it was the Christian holiday, Ascension Day (the day Jesus ascended to heaven) and Rohan means ‘ascension’ in Sanskrit. A special little coincidence!

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