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Popularity of the Baby Name Aditya


Posts that Mention the Name Aditya

Names in the News: Ganesh, Uber, Adira, Estonia

Three recent baby name stories from India:

  • Ganesh: In October of 2015, a baby boy born to a Muslim woman inside a Ganesha temple in Mumbai was named Ganesh.
  • Uber: In December of 2015, a baby boy born inside an Uber cab in New Delhi was named Uber.
  • Adira: In December of 2015, a baby girl born to Indian celebrities Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukerji was named Adira — “adi” from Aditya, and “ra” from Rani.

And here’s one more that isn’t as recent, from neighboring Pakistan:

  • Estonia: In October of 2005, days after the earthquake in Kashmir, a baby girl born in Battagram with the help of an Estonian medical team was named Estonia.

Sources: Stuck in traffic gridlock, Mumbai woman gives birth in auto, Baby born in Uber cab, named after firm, Secret Behind Heroine’s Daughter Name, Newborn named Estonia after delivery doctors

Name Quotes for the Weekend #4

From a Grand Forks Herald article about local baby names:

Six-month-old Camber Shaw Foss, daughter of Jared and Christine Foss of Greenbush, Minn., is named for the brand of front spindle adjustment on the go-cart and the chassis on the car her father has been racing for years.

I couldn’t track down the brand, but I did find this: Camber angles.

From William D. Lindsey of the blog Bilgrimage:

There’s also the pattern–which makes family history easier at times, since it helps identify the hidden surnames of mothers–of giving the mother’s surname as a given name to a son, something my mother did in naming my middle brother Simpson. […] This pattern can result in unfortunate combinations, however, and for that reason ought sometimes to be considered carefully. In the Braselton side of my family, there’s a Head family that ties in by marriage in the 1700s back in Maryland, which united in marriage to a Bigger family, and chose to name a son Bigger Head–a choice I would not have made myself, I reckon.

From an article about bizarre baby names in West Auckland, New Zealand:

Plunket‘s most unusual West Auckland names include Problemo, Unique, Famous, Season, Stylez, Poison, Storm, Lovely, Hurricayn, Zepha and Potato.

Problemo and Potato! Both new to me.

From a Times of India article about baby names:

More and more young parents now want a name that is unique for their child. The common names like Gaurav, Amit, Rahul, Rohit, Mohit, Aditya, Aakanksha, Neha, Aditi, Preeti and Pooja have given way to trendy names like Alisah, Prioska, Aliyah, Natalia, Rachel, Nysa, Adam, Diva, Renae, Alina, Sarah and like.

UPDATE – Just tweeted by much-loved advice columnist Sugar:

It’s Raymond Carver’s birthday today. He’d be 74 if he were still alive. He was so important to me. My son, Carver, is named for him.

“Sugar” is the nom de plume of author Cheryl Strayed.

Here are quote lists #1, #2, and #3.

More Baby Names in India: Aishwarya, Neel, Oormi, Srayan

After posting about baby names in India a few days ago, I decided to track down more information on Indian names. And one thing I found was “Game of The Name” by Chandreyee Chatterjee and Nabamita Mitra, and published in Calcutta’s Telegraph newspaper about a year ago.

The authors say that baby naming in India is “a matter of much thinking, strategy and aesthetics.” They also note that parents seem to be split into two camps when it comes to choosing names:

One set of parents would like short, sweet, easy, “universal-Indian” names. […] The other set of parents would look for imaginative, unique, traditional or traditional-sounding Indian names in keeping with a new trendiness.

The first set of parents would go for names like Abhishek, Neha, Oormi and Rahul, while the second set would gravitate toward names like Katyayani, Mrinalini, Priyamvada, Saimantika, Sarbajaya (which are easy to shorten into nicknames like Kati, Pri and Sam).

Other names mentioned in the article include…

  • Male names: Aditya, Amartya, Amitkanti, Arun, Aryaman, Ashok, Bihan (“dawn”), Biman, Kalarab (“cacophony”), Laksh, Neel, Rakamouli, Rith (“truth”; “sun”), Snehil (“affectionate”), Sourav, Srayan, Subrata, Tanish
  • Female names: Aishwarya, Bhalobasha (“love”), Debjani, Kirtika, Poushali, Pranaadhika, Renisa (based on musical notes), Sanasthita, Sannanti, Shaapla (a flower), Shikha, Sukanya, Vandita

(I had to guess a gender for some of the above.)

Finally, here are some examples of “extraordinary” Indian names: Atasikaya, Bitapichhaya, Neelakasheektitara, Shyamalimaya, Shyamsohagini and Pincle (whose grandfather named him in honor of English cricketer Derek Pringle).