How popular is the baby name Sila 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 Sila.
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
One thing I love about Quebec? Their yearly baby name list includes all baby names.
Not just names given to 5 or more babies, like the U.S. list. Not just names given to 3 or more babies, like the England and Wales list.
Every single name. Regardless of whether the name was given to hundreds of babies or just one.
Privacy: Who needs it! :)
Here are some stats on all those Quebec names:
- 7,921 boy names total
- 6,107 (77%) of them were given to 1 baby boy
- 7121 (90%) of them were given to 1, 2, 3 or 4 baby boys*
- 9,074 girl names total
- 6,686 (74%) of them were given to 1 baby girl
- 8058 (89%) of them were given to 1, 2, 3 or 4 baby girls*
*So, if the names given to 5+ babies in Quebec account for only about 10% of the names on the full list, and we assume baby name distribution in the U.S. is similar, the “full” U.S. lists should contain over 140,000 boy names and over 190,000 girl names.
Here are some of Quebec’s unique names (used only once):
|Baby Girl Names
||Baby Boy Names
Grace Nono Dipita
Kayla de la Caridad
Orlanel Keriane Elsa
San San Jessica
Kenny S. Phacoly
Rani’ Konhra Katste
I had my eye out for Inuit names in particular.
Among the girl names given to two babies last year, I spotted both Chaya Mushka and Katniss.
P.S. Here are the Most Popular Baby Names in Quebec for 2012.