Please name my child

I have a long obsession for names. I hated my name and hated my parents for not consulting me before naming me. Since then I have been selecting name for my daughter, but I have no clue why I didn’t bother with a boy name. My parents said that I named my little brother. They might have said that to shut me up. But I guess that one worked well, and that might have been the reason why I didn’t bother with a boy name (that I have named a boy already?). Mine was not a common name during my days, whereas my brother’s was/is a too common name that we have two of them in our family (close family circle) itself.

Now I live in UK, so I have one more narrowing criterion that it should be easily pronounceable and spellable. Preferably not distortable by the westerners. But not very pedantic about it, as they can even ruin Balan!  Other criteria are: The short version shouldn’t sound silly. It doesn’t have to be all new and unique type. I am even ok with not very Indian too. I am not particular about language but too sanskriti makes it difficult to pronounce. Same with zha/la in Tamil. I would love to have it a Tamil name (but no zha/la in it), also would love if it is not sanskrit but not very pedantic about it. Short and sweet is fine. No no to numerology or any other luck based thinking (natchathiram/rasi etc). The name should sound ok for old age too, as some names sound very cool and cute when they are kids but may not suit very well for a old man or old lady with that cute name.

Please leave your choice of name(s) for both boy and girl, if possible with meaning or reason. Thanks.

The due date is January 21, 2008. So you will know the result in the new year. 🙂

Thanks in advance.

59 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mouse
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 18:12:38

    Had you found this site yet:


  2. Premalatha
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 19:51:06

    Thanks for the link. Though I have not come across this particular link (this has many tamil names, isn’t it!), I have seen some. But haven’t started the name-hunt seriously yet. I am interested in collecting personal favourites from others. Suggest some names that you would like and why. It will have a personal touch, and secondly I might miss some wonderful names as the lists in the websites are too long and tiring. mostly I end up looking at A and get bored after that.


  3. Mouse
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 21:56:46

    My favourites would be Mitra for a girl, and Sumitra for a boy. Why? Because they are powerful, easy to pronounce in various countries, short, and they mean Friend. The names are not unwieldy in the UK, since they are spelled the way they are pronounced. I believe that there are versions with an h in them – Mithra and Sumithra… but that would potentially confuse pronounciation/spelling in the UK. The meaning, Friend, wouldn’t be too heavy or airy or too much of a threshold to live up to, it’s something that everyone needs and everyone wants to be.


  4. D the D
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 07:20:34

    Girl Names: Heera (diamond), Deepthi, Deepali, Nethra,

    Boys: Neeraj, Vivek, Gautham, Siddharth,


  5. Premalatha
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 07:25:14

    Thanks. 🙂
    Did you mean Sumitra for girl and Mitra for boy?
    I had an ex (sort of) with the name Mitra. I hate that guy. He was a real a****** :-)) anyway, Yes, I agree both are very sweet names. There is still time. Keep coming up with nice names. Thanks.
    I liked Sidharth for boy and Sidhardhini (!) for girl, because I was hung up on the idea of my child introducing herself/himself to others “Hi I am Sid”, which sounded so cool to me, and it is Budha’s name. I am already vetoed! 🙂


  6. Premalatha
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 07:31:31

    thanks. How have you been? Long time no see. 🙂


  7. Mouse
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 10:02:57

    Heh. No, I meant Mitra for a girl — I had a girlfriend named Mitra when I lived in the Middle East. In Persian it means Sun if it’s given to a boy, or “bright” or Angel if it’s given to a girl.

    But all that said, forget about it already because I *love* Sidharth and Sidhardhini, and “Hi, I’m Sid” is way cool!! Have you read Herman Hesse’s book called Sidhartha?


  8. Premalatha
    Jul 13, 2007 @ 16:55:36

    Hi Mouse,
    Sid is vetoed already, as someone told Balan that it is old type name in UK, Sid for Sidney. Sidney is like kamatchi meenatchi karuppayi velthayi, the tamil names and their periods!, or so I am told. 😦 Balan is dead against Sidhardhini as it is too long he says. Anyway, there are six more months we have got. 🙂


  9. Lalitha
    Jul 14, 2007 @ 07:53:35

    Hi Premalatha,
    My personal favs are Anirudh for boy and Sahana or Kothai for girl… Don’t remember how I got the fixation on Anirudh 🙂
    Sahana is the name of a raagam…if you remember K.Balachandar’s first tamil tele serial, the titel music “intha veenaiku theriyathu…” is of Sahana raagam…. Kothai…Andal is also called Kothai Nachiyar and such a nice tamil name 🙂

    Lalitha V


  10. sudha
    Jul 14, 2007 @ 21:27:32

    lalitha, i like Kothai 🙂 its just so incredibly romantic!

    And I am not giving away my fav. names ..they are MINE! but I can’t wait…I want to know the gender asap! oh and like i always say -i am going to have so much fun being the fav. aunt and not the annoying mom :D!


  11. Premalatha
    Jul 14, 2007 @ 21:51:37

    Laitha, Sudha,
    Poongothai was Balan’s ex’s name. Me not giving anyone any pleasure, however nice that name is. 🙂

    Sudha, this is just 13th week. No one can know the gender yet. Aunts are always nice. Moms are always annoying. I know. I have been enjoying the former so for. 😦

    What is it with these ex-s and these names! Is the world determined to remind me of those pasts! 😦


  12. Premalatha
    Jul 14, 2007 @ 22:00:14

    Lalitha, Thanks. Keep coming up with more names. Anirudh and Sahana are added to the list. 🙂


  13. Michelle
    Jul 15, 2007 @ 23:55:44

    I don’t know any Tamil/Indian names except a friend I had in college – Jagruti.

    I’m going to go with what I know. 😉

    The baby is going to be Aquarius, born at the end of the Fire-pig/Boar year. Pigs are cultured and kind, Aquarians are intellectual and individual. And born in a fire year? This kid will be unique, maybe even eccentric, but never in a “loud” way.

    Pick a strong name for a girl – because she won’t tolerate a “girly” name. My Sister-in-law is named a man’s name after a famous ancestor. She loves that. She loves the fact she has a weird male name and the fact that this ancestor was famous. I also have a male Aquarius friend who was named after a 16th century poet. He loves that.

    So your kid would be very happy to have the name of any ancestor or historical person – if this person was also unique and/or amazing.

    Ok.. for a boy I’m picking Kambar

    for a girl.. I have no idea!


  14. Premalatha
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 07:21:57

    //maybe even eccentric, but never in a “loud” way.
    Pick a strong name for a girl – because she won’t tolerate a “girly” name.//

    So, I can blame it on her stars and planets! Saves me hugely. 😀

    Kambar is added to the list. 🙂 Thanks for the research. impressive. 🙂


  15. Lalitha
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 15:11:06

    Michelle…I read somewhere recently that girls with strong names …(and not girly girly names) will do good in Science and Maths and the girly named girls kind of shy away from them it seems… I second your idea of giving strong names for Premalatha’s daughter 🙂
    Premalatha, I like Rebecca too.. pl include that to you list 🙂


  16. Premalatha
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 17:40:34

    Michelle and Lalitha,
    Kundhavai will be a very suitable name for the kind of person Michelle is describing. My fav woman in the history and I love that name. But it is very old and obselete name. 😦
    For Michelle, Kundhavai was the elder sister of Rajaraja cholar and she was the brain behind the Chola empire, which they (sister and broher together) built from unstable political situation to a very powerful empire, not by capturing more lands, but purely by strategies and intelligent policies. The next king, Rajendra Cholan, son of Rajaraja and nephew of Kundhavai did the capturing part and extended the empire upto Indonesia. They ruled Indonesia and neighbouring islands, not by imposing new culture and new things, but by letting different cultures to co-exist… which is considered as the golden period in the Indonesian history. Very strong character, very famous personality, famous for her brains… But very old and obselete name. 😦 (Balan will kill me if I dare to suggest this name).

    Lalitha, Rebecca is added to the list. thanks. 🙂


  17. Michelle
    Jul 17, 2007 @ 10:15:05

    Kundhavai sounds a great role model, is there any more modern version or variation of her name?

    Ok, got one for a girl. 🙂


  18. Michelle
    Jul 17, 2007 @ 10:15:30

    Ps.. this is fun! 🙂


  19. Premalatha
    Jul 17, 2007 @ 11:18:32

    🙂 @ Michelle,

    Too big names means too much to live upto too.

    Maritrayee is a nice name. I have heard about Maithreyee, but Maritrayee is a new one for me. Added to the list. Thanks. 🙂


  20. Lalitha
    Jul 17, 2007 @ 14:21:30

    I think we have more girl names… Need to come up with more boy baby names…hmm…How about Rohit,Pranav,Sailesh?…hmm…thats it for the moment…


  21. Visitor
    Jul 18, 2007 @ 07:18:51

    Booma – for a girl. I dont even know the meaning of the word; now no reasons for that name. I was saying it in my mind and it felt nice 🙂
    It could be the short name for Bhoomadevi or Bhumika.
    If Booma is the long name then Boo could be the short name! wow! That sounds nice, no, great. 😀
    If you find my comment frivolous, relax madi, smile maadi and enjoi maaadi.


  22. Visitor
    Jul 18, 2007 @ 07:27:44

    Booma of course can be used to call affectionately too, long on the Boo as in Booo..maa (பூ….மா)?

    The problem is that the name can be wrecked when written in Tamizh -பூமா, with people calling her Pooma. Or they can pun on the word and say ப்பூ…மா.


  23. Visitor
    Jul 18, 2007 @ 07:31:41

    Why didn’t I think of it before?
    பூ – of course means flower in Tamizh, and anyone would want to treat his/her daughter like a flower ‘ பூ’ போல. I am not sure if Latha akka agrees. 🙂


  24. Visitor
    Jul 18, 2007 @ 07:48:31

    Just now went thro the other suggestions – Siddharth and Gautham are dime a dozen now.
    Kothai – lovely one Andal too – But would there be a problem in pronunciation in England?

    I like Udaya(n) – could be used for both girl/boy – not a very ‘strong’ name. Pronunciation could be a problem.

    Booma can be considered a strong name or mild name depending on the perspective.

    I like Suzy 😉


  25. Visitor
    Jul 18, 2007 @ 07:49:36

    as well as Sam – but both are pretty old I guess.


  26. Visitor
    Jul 18, 2007 @ 08:13:11

    Come to think of it please look at your blogroll, starting from Ammani….there are quite a few names I like there..


  27. sudha
    Jul 19, 2007 @ 08:51:26

    Ammani is not a name, no?


  28. V
    Jul 22, 2007 @ 07:12:46

    Latha – see alpha’s post on unisex names
    Everything’s in a name


  29. Premalatha
    Jul 24, 2007 @ 14:21:53

    I have read it.
    Read this one. Kalai bloged for sometime and then deleted her blog and left the blogworld. was her original blog. Kalai’s that particular post did email rounds and some people somehow recreated and saved it in their blogs.. one of the finds is what I have given you above.


  30. Visitor
    Jul 24, 2007 @ 20:10:07

    You got the post at last! I tried to access the last time, but I got the Page not found error. Thanks.


  31. Premalatha
    Jul 24, 2007 @ 20:47:04

    Hey, what about more names? Visitor, where your enthu has gone now? more names please.


  32. Visitor
    Jul 26, 2007 @ 12:47:49

    புஸ்ஸ்..ஸு னு போயிடுச்சு 😦


  33. Premalatha
    Jul 26, 2007 @ 16:07:34

    your suggestions are added to the list, (not my blogroll names). think or create. come up with some names.


  34. Desigirl
    Aug 10, 2007 @ 16:31:36

    Hmmm, tough one but here goes:

    for a girl, if you are looking for a proper tamil name, you could go with Ambai. (AMbai, Ambigai, Ambaalikai etc – you get where I’m going, am sure!) Or even Aadirai. Something that means beginning. generalised one, then Sahana is a raaga and a perinneal favourite. Arthika is one name I saw recently that sounded nice.
    for a boy, I like the name Nithin. Not too short, not too long and best of all, cannot be truncated to some meaningless wreck. Or you could go with Pavan – Vaayu. (Not gas – but Wind!) Prathyush – sounds too close to my little one’s, I know! Roshan means light so that’s a nice meaning as well.
    Please tell me when to stop!

    ps: big hello to you both! sorry haven’t been in touch. will mail pix soon! take care.


  35. Premalatha
    Aug 19, 2007 @ 09:20:23

    Don’t stop. Come back. Saw the pix. I am jealous. Will talk to you when you are back.


  36. Anitha
    Sep 21, 2007 @ 20:06:46

    Congratulations Premalatha on you pregnancy! I read your blog often and this is the first time I am delurking.
    Now that we know it is a girl, I am giving you a list of girl names that we had chosen for our baby when we did not know HIS gender:
    1. Tara (star)
    2. Aditi (Mother of Sun, metaphorically meaning source of all energy)
    3. Megha
    4. Jhaanvi (name of river Ganges)
    5. Varsha (varsham means rain, i luvvvvvvvv rain)
    will come back if i remember some more names.


  37. Premalatha
    Sep 23, 2007 @ 07:39:51

    Thanks Anitha. Added to the list
    Do come back.


  38. Broom
    Nov 04, 2007 @ 19:40:40



  39. Premalatha
    Nov 05, 2007 @ 13:01:49


    Thanks. Maya is a very nice name. Added to the list.

    Doesn’t it remind you of our Maya memsaab 🙂


  40. Dadoji
    Nov 21, 2007 @ 18:26:21



  41. Premalatha
    Nov 30, 2007 @ 17:26:26

    Dadoji, thank you. 🙂


  42. Pasuppi
    Dec 14, 2007 @ 22:27:10

    அத்துழாய் என்ற பேர். பாரம்பர்ய மிக்கது (ஸ்ரீரங்கனுக்கு உகந்தது).
    கூப்பிட்டால் புண்யம் கிட்டும். “அத்தூ” என்று செல்லமாக கூப்பிடலாம். பரந்கிகராரும் அப்படியே கூப்பிடலாம்.

    நிறைய கிருஷ்ணர் பாடல்கள் கேளுக. கர்பத்தில் இருந்தே ப்ரகலாதர் அப்படி கேட்டு தான் பெறான்தாறு என்றது நிஜமுங்க.

    அதிதி என்று யாரோ மொழிந்தங்க. அது வேணாங்க. (ஸ்ரீமத் பாகவதம் இல் அவுக நல்லவுக ஆனால் கொஞ்சம் தப்பு பண்ணிடாங்க)

    முன்னமே, அட்வைஸ் எல்லாம் நமக்கு நடக்காது என்று சொல்றிஹ. அத வெச்சி இதோட நிர்த்திகேறேன்த.

    – பசுப்பி


  43. Pasuppi
    Dec 14, 2007 @ 22:46:49

    அதிதி பத்தி தப்ப சொல்லிட்டேனுக. மிகவும் மன்னிக்கமுக.
    முதலா மொழிண்தவருகும் கூட சிரசு தாழ்த்தி தண்டம் சமர்பிகேறேங்க

    – பசுப்பி


  44. Premalatha
    Dec 15, 2007 @ 11:51:12


    நான் சாமி கும்பிடுவதில்லை.


  45. neha
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 14:48:36

    Akila. Never heard a more beautiful name than that!


  46. neha
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 21:25:40

    and Adya. That’s a lovely name too.


  47. the mad momma
    Jan 09, 2008 @ 13:57:32

    did u finalise a name? How about these?

    1. Aziza – Dear one
    2. Inayat – Kindness
    3. Tehzeeb – Elegance
    4. Arshia – Heavenly
    5. Kasturi – Musk
    6. Khyati – Fame
    7. Manaasa – mind
    8. Mahi/ Mahika – Earth
    9. Meher – Beloved
    10. Mehek – fragrance
    11. Naaz – pride
    12. Nadira – pinnacle
    13. Nazm / Nazima – Song
    14. Seerat – Inner beauty
    15. Shama – Flame
    16. Simrit – rememberance
    17. Suhaila – glow of the moon
    18. Waheeda – Beautiful
    19. Zarine – Golden
    20. Kausar – Oasis in paradise
    21. Naira – Shining, glittering
    22. Sana – Brilliant, majestic
    23. Adna – Pleasure, delight
    24. Ada – Happy, ornament (Persian)
    25. Alizah – Joyful
    26. Adena – delicate, sensual – Hebrew
    27. Ahava – Love – Hebrew
    28. Ailsa – consecrated to God – hebrew
    29. Amissa – friend – Hebrew
    30. Azalia – protected by God – Hebrew
    31. Zahava – Golden/ gilded – Hebrew
    32. Cara – Darling – Italian
    33. Naida – Water nymph – Greek
    34. Naysa – Miracle of God – Hebrew
    35. Neysa – greek – pure
    36. Nissa – fairy – Scandinavian
    37. Zaira – rose – Arabic
    38. Inara – Illumination – Arabic
    39. Tiesa [tee-eh-sah] Truth. w (Lithuanian)
    40. Zara: Arabic: A blossom or flower. Hebrew: The bright dawn. Also see Sarah.
    41. Sumaira – female Arabic beautiful face
    42. Mia – mine – italian
    43. Parisa – face of an angel


  48. Mo
    Feb 01, 2008 @ 07:37:36

    I require the name should start as MO


  49. Nikhil Narayanan
    Nov 11, 2008 @ 09:39:29

    Oh no!
    Nikhil is a good name, anyways its post the deadline you set.



  50. Nikhil Narayanan
    Nov 11, 2008 @ 09:42:24

    oops daughter aa!

    Nikhila then 😀


  51. Premalatha
    Nov 11, 2008 @ 10:01:11

    She is Avni. 🙂 Thanks Nikhil. Will remember for my next child. 😉

    That reminds me that I should link the post about Avni’s name here.


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  53. sridhar
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 01:24:37

    how abt karmegam
    its easier for the english speaking folk if they abbreviate him to Kar – Kar may come ( or car for that matter)

    my other choice is paranthaman



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  55. kathir
    Sep 30, 2010 @ 14:30:29

    Hi my sister yield an boy baby..

    I need names starts with பூ or ஷ or ஷா or ட….

    If anybody know means plz reply me to


  56. molouk
    Dec 12, 2010 @ 17:26:13

    Shayan is nice 4 boys,it means glory
    Hasti is nice 4 girls,it means existance


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