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Popularity of the Baby Name Kala

Number of Babies Named Kala

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Kala

Baby Name Needed – English-friendly Swedish or Indian Name

A reader named Carin recently e-mailed me. She and her husband are expecting a baby in December, and they’d like help coming up with a name. Carin says:

We live in England, but I’m Swedish and my husband is of Indian background (born in England). We’d like to find a name that’s got Indian or Scandinavian background, but is still easy to pronounce in English. At the moment we’ve come up with Siri (Swedish) or Millie/Mili for a girl, and Alek or Sameer for boy. However, they don’t feel completely right! If you have any suggestions, I’d be very grateful!

I like that Carin and her husband are zeroing in on short, simple names. I think that makes a lot of sense in this case. Here are some similar suggestions:

Male Female
Emil
Erik
Henrik
Isak
Karl
Konrad
Kurt
Linus
Lukas
Oskar
Simon
Stellan
Viktor
Anand
Kamal
Kavi
Kumar
Mohan
Naveen
Nirav
Pranav
Rahul
Ravi
Rishi
Rohan
Saral
Anna
Emma
Elin
Sofia
Sara
Elina
Frida
Inga
Klara
Lina
Marta
Nora
Petra
Amala
Devi
Kala
Kamala
Leela
Mala
Maya
Mina
Mira
Neela
Priya
Seema
Tara

(For each gender, Swedish names are on the left and Indian names are on the right.)

What other names can you come up with?

Update, 6/03 – The baby girl is here! Check the comments to find out what her name is…


Ariel, Belle, Mulan – Baby Names from Disney Movies

Disney has put out nearly fifty animated feature films, and many of these films have ended up popularizing particular baby names.

The best example of this is Ariel, which was only able to rank among the top 100 U.S. baby names in 1990, 1991 and 1992 — no doubt due to the success of Disney’s The Little Mermaid (released in November of 1989).

Esmeralda may have also been assisted by Disney. It was already on its way up in terms of popularity, but seemed to peak early in the years following the release of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Here are 25 Disney character names that might also make good baby names:

Ali Aladdin (1992)
Alice Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Ariel The Little Mermaid (1989)
Aurora Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Bagheera The Jungle Book (1967)
Basil The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Belle Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Bernard The Rescuers (1977)
Bianca The Rescuers (1977)
Eric The Little Mermaid (1989)
Esmeralda The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Jasmine Aladdin (1992)
Kala Tarzan (1999)
Kenai Brother Bear (2003)
Lilo Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Mulan Mulan (1998)
Nala The Lion King (1994)
Oliver Oliver & Company (1988)
Peter Peter Pan (1953)
Philip Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Sebastian The Little Mermaid (1989)
Simba The Lion King (1994)
Taran The Black Cauldron (1985)
Tod The Fox and the Hound (1981)
Wendy Peter Pan (1953)