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40 Indian Names for Multicultural Babies

By Englishwifeindianlife

Naming your baby can be a difficult task, there are just so many things to think about! You want the name to complement your surname, have a significant meaning and not remind you of anyone you would rather forget...

There is a little extra to consider when your baby is going to be born into two cultures, two countries and two languages. Does the Indian name sound like a negative English word and vice versa? Will both our families like it and be able to pronounce it? I imagine this is also important for Indian expats or Non-Resident Indians living and raising babies overseas.

I wanted to share with you my hours research and my 40 favourite multicultural Indian baby names!

20 Girl Names

20 Boys Names

Many cultures in India wait until the baby is born and determine the name from their astrological birth chart. We decided not to do that because we wanted the name to reflect both cultures in some way. We decided on Rohan's name whilst I was still in my second trimester of pregnancy. I loved that it was both a Sanskrit and Gaelic (I've some Celtic blood) name.

Turns out there that his name was also written in the stars in a way. On the day Rohan was born, we realised it was the Christian holiday, Ascension Day (the day Jesus ascended to heaven) and Rohan means 'ascension' in Sanskrit. A special little coincidence!

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How did you name your babies? Do you know any other multicultural Indian baby names?

About Lauren Mokasdar

Lauren moved to India from England after falling in love with an Indian man online, she now writes about her experiences as an English wife living in India.


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