Indian Baby Boy Names
Understanding the Indian Systems of Naming a Baby Boy...And Girls
Basically, Indian baby boy names
are based on religion and caste. There are a wide variety of languages and religions in
As a matter of fact,
most religion has a huge following in India like Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Hindus.
Many Indians believes
in birth name. Now, the birth name is totally different from the given or first name. Using horoscope, they can
determine an auspicious number. The number is
used to help find the best birth name for the baby boy.
The given or first name
is the official name. It is the name by which one is known. In a legal and official document, it is mandatory to
use the given or first name.
The caste system is
made popular through Hinduism. The caste system tells the hereditary classes in Hindu society, social
stratification, and prestige. The Indians from upper caste uses the village names, occupations, honorifics,
title, and clan as the last name. The sub caste last names are the descriptions or characteristics of the sub
Parts of the last name
are the caste or sub caste. For example, Iyer, Iyengar, Gounder, Nair, Naidu, Reddy, Gouda, and Shetty are
several last boy names with caste or sub caste.
The caste can tell the
occupation. For example, the Gandhi is a caste which sells perfumes. Mohandas Gandhi is from the caste of
Gandhi. The concept is similar to Gardiner (takes care of the garden), and Sawyer (saws wood) in English baby
The Sikhs has adapted
the Singh. It means lion. Most of the time, the Singh is used as a suffix name for boys and men. For example,
Veejay Singh (golf master) and Dr Manmohan Singh (Prime Minister) uses the Singh.
The female counterpart
of Singh is Kaur which means princess or lioness. However, Singh is not a caste name. In Sikhs, there is no
On the other hand, the
Hindus have caste. The castes on the last name are often Jain, Thakurs, and Rajputs.
The Kar on the name
tells the origin of the baby name. For example, Gavaskar (town of Gavas), Tendulkar (town of Tendol), and
Pawaskar (town of Pawas) tells the town of origin.
The Wala on the Indian
baby names tells the type of profession or merchant. For example, Screwala holds the screw, and Cyclewala sells
The social ranks on the
Indian baby boy names are common practice as well. For example, Talukdar means the landholder, Tehsildar means
the revenue administrative officer, and Tarafdar means the land manager.
In the past, the locals
of South India use only first name which is village name, family name, or both. Rarely, you will see middle
name, family name, or initials.
In fact, the Telugu
locals use the hometown or profession as the first name. However, the Tamil Nadu and Kerala locals use the first
name of the father as the second name. For example, Ajith Krisma means Ajith son of Krisma.
Suppose Ajith produces
a son, the Indian baby boy name is Minesh Ajith. It means Minesh son of Ajith. The wife usually gets the name of
the husband. For example, Jilana Krisma is the original name which means Jilana daughter of Krisma. She married
Rajesh. The name of wife becomes Jilana Rajesh which means Jilana wife of Rajesh.
The initials on the
last name are used for the same baby name. So, someone can tell the difference from another name. For example,
Ajith Rajesh looks like R. Ajith, and Ajith Santhum looks like S. Ajith. The initials always start before the
For many westerners,
they easily makes mistake on expanding the name. For example, S. Ajith may expand as Santhum Ajith. That is
wrong, because Santhum becomes the first name.
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