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125 Sanskrit Baby Names and Their Meanings

Team PeanutTeam Peanut6 months ago7 min read

Sanskrit is an ancient and sacred language. It’s the basis of the texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, and was a common language among different peoples right across ancient and medieval South Asia.

Sanskrit baby names

While literature written in Vedic Sanskrit deals only with religion, Classical Sanskrit can be found in everything from poems, epics and dramas, to law, medicine and mathematics.

Sanskrit names are also beautiful. As you look for names for your little one, try saying these options for both boys and girls out loud, too. You’re sure to find something both beautiful and meaningful for your little peanut.

In this article: 📝

  • 20 of the most popular Sanskrit Names
  • 20 cool Sanskrit names
  • More ideas for baby girl names in Sanskrit
  • More ideas for Sanskrit names for baby boys

20 of the most popular Sanskrit Names

  1. Aditya: Meaning the sun, Aditya is a boys’ name.
  2. Amber: In Sanskrit, Amber means the sky, but it’s also a beautiful honey-yellow, gold-orange gemstone. It’s a girls’ name.
  3. Arjun: A boys’ name, Arjun means bright or shining in Sanskrit.
  4. Avi: A light and breezy name (literally), Avi means sun and air. It’s a boys’ name.
  5. Kali: A girls’ name, Kali is a force in Hindu mythology. The goddess of both destruction and enlightenment, she’s as likely to cause chaos as she is to lead the ignorant towards wisdom. The word means black in Sanskrit.
  6. Karma: This word is widely used and known in the west. It means fate or destiny and refers to the Hindu and Buddhist belief that your intention and actions influence your future. It’s a girls’ name.
  7. Kashmir: A state in India, Kashmir is also a girls’ name.
  8. Kiran: Kiran means sunshine or a beam of light and is a boys’ name.
  9. May: Originally a Sanskrit word meaning the fifth month, May also has ties to the Roman earth goddess, Maia. It’s a girls’ name.
  10. Milan: A boys’ name in many parts of the world, Milan is a popular girls’ name in the US. In Sanskrit it means coming together or unification.
  11. Nirvana: In Buddhism, nirvana refers to a state in which there is no suffering, desire or sense of self. In Sanskrit, it means bliss or liberation and is both a girls’ and a boys’ name.
  12. Opal: Known as a gemstone with its many internal colors, Opal is also a Sanskrit girls’ name that means gem or jewel.
  13. Priya: Priya means “beloved”, and is a girls’ name. In Hinduism, Priya is the name of the creator god, Daksha.
  14. Raine: Meaning “she is singing” or “queen”, Raine can be used as a girls’ or boys’ name.
  15. Rohan: Meaning red-haired, red, or even “ascending”, Rohan is a boys’ name that has both Sanskrit and Irish roots.
  16. Samir: Samir is a boys’ name that means gentle breeze or wind.
  17. Taj: Meaning crown, Taj is a boys’ name.
  18. Tara: In Sanskrit, Tara means hill or star, and in Hindu mythology, the wife of Shiva is sometimes called Tara. Usually a girls’ name, it can be a boys’ name, too.
  19. Uma: Uma is one of the names of the Indian goddess Parvati, wife of Shiva. It means splendor or tranquility in Sanskrit.
  20. Veda: The Vedas are the Hindus’ four sacred texts, so giving your daughter this name carries great weight. It means knowledge or wisdom.

20 cool Sanskrit names

  1. Adhira: A girls’ name meaning quick
  2. Ayan: A boys’ name meaning cloud, water or traveler
  3. Dakini: A girls’ name meaning walk in the sky
  4. Disa: A girls’ name meaning direction
  5. Edi: A boys’ name meaning happiness
  6. Ekta: A girls’ name meaning unity
  7. Fioni: A girls’ name meaning fair or pale
  8. Harit: A boys’ name meaning green
  9. Ila: A girls’ name meaning light, or woman from earth
  10. Inaya: A girls’ name meaning concern
  11. Kavin: A boys’ name meaning handsome
  12. Kian: A boys’ name meaning kings
  13. Laran: A boys’ name meaning psychic powers and abilities
  14. Lela: A girls’ name meaning black beauty
  15. Maya: A girls’ name meaning illusion
  16. Ranav: A boys’ name meaning king
  17. Tamira: A girls’ name meaning magic
  18. Tarak: A boys’ name meaning protector
  19. Vaiko: A boys’ name meaning great politician
  20. Yuvan: A boys’ name meaning strong

More ideas for baby girl names in Sanskrit

  1. Aadrika: The Sanskrit name of a celestial being
  2. Aishani: Another name for the goddess Durga
  3. Antara: The second note in Hindustani music
  4. Avni: The earth
  5. Bhanavi: Belonging to the sun
  6. Bhavika: Full of emotion and expression
  7. Charvi: A beautiful woman
  8. Daksha: Competent, Shiva’s wife and the earth
  9. Devaki: Divine
  10. Devika: Little goddess
  11. Eni: A river or stream
  12. Esha: A wish
  13. Gitika: A short song or hymn
  14. Hansika: A little swan
  15. Harshita: Joy and delight
  16. Iditri: One worthy of praise
  17. Iha: Request or desire
  18. Iksha: Sight
  19. Ishani: Another name for the goddess Durga
  20. Jiti: Victory
  21. Kalyani: Auspicious and prosperous
  22. Kaveri: A sacred river of India
  23. Lavani: Grace and beauty
  24. Lavanya: Charming
  25. Malavika: A Himalayan plant
  26. Mananya: Praiseworthy
  27. Manya: Worthy of respect and honor
  28. Nalini: Sacred lotus
  29. Navya: Newness or fresh
  30. Nitya: Eternal
  31. Omana: Protector and helper
  32. Rasika: Graceful and elegant, or the juice of sugarcane
  33. Revati: Royal jasmine
  34. Riddhi: Good fortune and prosperity
  35. Ritvika: Priestess, or one who recites the Rigveda
  36. Sukanya: A beautiful woman
  37. Swara: Music or a musical tone
  38. Talika: The palm of the hand, or a medicinal plant
  39. Tarini: A form of the goddess Durga
  40. Tavishi: Courage or a heavenly virgin
  41. Tatvika: Real and true
  42. Udita: One who has risen, or lofty and luminous
  43. Varnini: A woman of repute and honor
  44. Yamini: Nocturnal or night
  45. Yashtika: A string of pearls

More ideas for Sanskrit names for baby boys

  1. Aadi: Superior one or firstborn
  2. Ahan: Dawn
  3. Aloka: Vision, splendor or luster
  4. Amit: Boundless
  5. Arit: One worthy of praise
  6. Daivik: God’s grace
  7. Daman: The controlling one
  8. Darsh: Another name for the god, Krishna
  9. Deva: Angel or divine being
  10. Dilip: An ancestor of Rama
  11. Hari: Belongs to God, or remover of pain
  12. Harsha: Joy or delight
  13. Ipsit: Desired
  14. Itish: Another name for the god, Shiva
  15. Jaivant: Victorious
  16. Lalit: Beautiful
  17. Lekhit: Written
  18. Lokesh: King of the world
  19. Karan: An instrument
  20. Manan: Thoughtful
  21. Manav: Man or youthful
  22. Manik: Jewel or gem
  23. Mohan: Wonderful and enchanting
  24. Nandish: Another name for the god, Shiva
  25. Nayak: Guide
  26. Nilay: Resting place or refuge
  27. Oman: Protector
  28. Parth: Prince
  29. Ratan: Precious stone
  30. Rathin: A charioteer
  31. Saket: A place of pilgrimage
  32. Samarth: Able and efficient
  33. Sanjit: Victorious
  34. Savar: Another name for the god, Shiva
  35. Tanay: Son
  36. Tarush: Conqueror
  37. Vinay: Good mannered and humble
  38. Vipin: Sharp and talented
  39. Yash: Fame, honor or respect
  40. Yuvan: Young king or heir apparent


Looking for other names from ancient cultures? These lists could help:

166 Greek Baby Names
70 Chinese Baby Names
The Best 153 Egyptian Baby Names & Their Meanings
58 Biblical Baby Names
82 Hebrew Baby Names
100 Meaningful Mongolian Baby Names

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