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Popularity of the Baby Name Priya

Number of Babies Named Priya

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Priya

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…


A-Names Make the A-List in Bombay

Many Indian celebrities are choosing A-names for their babies, according to Priya Pathiyan’s article Meet the New ‘A’ Listers, published January 17 in The Bombay Times.

Names recently used for Indian celebrity babies include: Amartya, Agastya, Aryan, Aiyana, Aira, Arhaan, Ananyashree, Aryaman, Advaitesha and Arin.

I found it interesting that the author concluded the article with observations by a numerologist, who suggested that the letter A has a “positive vibe.” Hm. (Is the numerological value of a baby name very important to most Indian parents? Anyone know?)