After posting about baby names in India a few days ago, I decided to track down more information on Indian names — and I happened upon Game of The Name, written by Chandreyee Chatterjee & Nabamita Mitra and published in Calcutta’s The Telegraph about a year ago.
The authors claim 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 name-choosing:
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:
Bihan – “dawn”
Kalarab – “cacophony”
Rith – “truth”; “sun”
Snehil – “affectionate”
Bhalobasha – “love”
Renisa – based on musical notes
Shaapla – a flower
(Note: I had to guess a gender for some of the names.)
Finally, here are some examples of “extraordinary” Indian names: Atasikaya, Bitapichhaya, Neelakasheektitara, Shyamalimaya, Shyamsohagini and Pincle (…which belongs to to Pincle Nandi, whose grandfather named him in honor of the English cricketer Derek Pringle).