How popular is the baby name Bodhisattva in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Bodhisattva.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Bodhisattva


Posts that Mention the Name Bodhisattva

Baby Names from the East: Bodhi, Shanti, Karuma, Zen

Baby names like Zen and Bodhi have been on the rise lately, so I thought it would be fun to check out some of the other baby names that come from words we’re familiar with through Eastern thought and practices (e.g., Buddhism, yoga). Here are 50 examples I’ve spotted in the U.S. data.

I’ve only included simple/literal definitions, but most of these refer to larger concepts, actions, or things. They come from Sanskrit unless otherwise noted.

  • Advaita, “nondualism”
  • Akasha, “aether”
  • Amrita, “immortality” (or “elixir of immortality,” “nectar”)
  • Asana, “sitting posture”
  • Bhakti, “devotion”
  • Bindu, “point,” “dot”
  • Bodhi, “awakening,” enlightenment”
  • Bodhisattva, “one who seeks awakening”
  • Chanda, “intention,” “desire”
  • Darshan, “viewing”
  • Dharma, “right way of living”
  • Dhyana, “meditation”
  • Diksha, “initiation”
  • Drishti, “focused gaze”
  • Guru, “teacher”
  • Jhana, the Pali form of Dhyana
  • Karma, “action, “work” (past deeds)
  • Karuna, “compassion”
  • Koan, a paradoxical statement/question in Zen Buddhism
  • Kosha, “sheath”
  • Manas, “thought”
  • Mandala, “circle”
  • Mantra, a sacred utterance (syllable, word, or verse)
  • Maya, “magic,” “illusion”
  • Metta, “loving-kindness”
  • Moksha, “release,” “liberate”
  • Nikaya, “assemblage”
  • Nirvana, “blowing out” (ultimate spiritual goal in Buddhism)
  • Nyasa, “placing”
  • Ojas, “vigor”
  • Om, sacred syllable (Mantra)
  • Prajna, “wisdom”
  • Prakriti, “nature,” “source”
  • Rishi, a sage
  • Sadhana, “realization”
  • Samadhi, “total self-connectedness”
  • Samatha, “tranquility”
  • Samsara, “flowing around” (continuous cycle of rebirth)
  • Satori, Japanese, “spiritual awakening”
  • Satya, “truth”
  • Shakti, “power,” “energy”
  • Shanti, “inner peace”
  • Siddhi, a super-normal power
  • Sila, “right conduct”
  • Tendai, a Japanese Buddhist sect
  • Turiya, “fourth (state)”
  • Tantra, “loom”
  • Vidya, “knowledge”
  • Yogi, a practitioner of yoga
  • Zen, the Japanese form of Dhyana

Would you use any of the above as a baby name?

Sources: Sanskrit Top 40: Must-Learn Lingo for Yogis, 200 Key Sanskrit Yoga Terms, Buddhism – Wikipedia

Top Debuts, Baby Boy Names, 2017

Asahd was the top debut name on the boys’ side of the list in 2017.

The boy names that debuted most impressively last year were…

1. Asahd, 58 baby boys
2. Kashdon, 30
3. Kassian, 22
4. Draxler / Ikeni / Noctis, 17 each (3-way tie)
5. Dakston, 13

In order for a rare baby name to make the cut and appear in the SSA’s baby name data for the first time, it has to be given to at least 5 babies (of either one gender or the other) within a given year.

The other names that debuted with ten-or-more baby boys in 2017 were Amunra, Arjunreddy, Irtaza, Ledgen, Gurbaaz, Caspen, Meliodas, Sreyan, Tewodros, and Yeziel.

Debuts lower down on the list include: Aarushreddy, Imronbek, Benjen, Kadafi, Killiam, Agambir, Almighty, Bamlak, Kuiper, Munther, Owsley, Slayer, Tolkien, Tuguldur, Vandawt, Zage, Zealous, Aoto, Bender, Bodhisattva, Cerulean, Go.

If you know what the explanations are for any of them, please leave a comment!

Here are the top boy name debuts of 2016.

[Note: I’ll be updating this post throughout the day.]