Indian Baby Boy Names

With another 5 weeks to go before my due date, we have seriously started looking for Indian names for a baby boy….we want a name that is phonetically easy to pronounce here in US…that is one of the negatives I have discovered about teaching reading to kids through phonics…. for an average American who learnt to read using phonics, an A will always read as a the “sound” aeh, no matter what…this turns out to be a handicap when he/she tries to pronounce a foreign name in the right way. It robs away the flexibility of the mind to distinguish sounds from symbols. That is why I have done away with teaching my son through phonics and hope that it doesn’t get too instilled in him at school.

So coming back to Indian baby boy names, here are some on my list…

Anuj

Arya

Aryan

Arjun

Arun

Jay

Kabir

Kunal

Manish

Munish

Mukul

Neel

Ray

Sameer

Vir

These are some names that seem not too hard to pronounce by everybody….to be honest, there’s only one name here that I really like..its Aryan….rest are pretty wishy-washy…though I like Sam, but not Sameer….

It is such an irony – I have a huge list of lovely Indian baby GIRL names but we are having a boy…here are some of my favorite girl names –

Diya

Ria

Gia

Aaina

Aanya

Meera

Aditi

Annie

Deepa

Meera

Karina

Fiza

Gina

Geeta

Heena

Hena

Ila

Juhi

Jaya

Kanika

Kashish

Maya

Mahika

Monica

Manvi

Mansi

Mayra

Meha

Malvika

Naazia

Neha

Neelu

Nida

Nikki

Nina

Niti

Nita

Nishi

Pia

Pari

Payal

Pooja

Priti

Priya

Samia

Saira

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20 Comments

  1. Dora

    I think Aryan is a pretty international name and sounds very good.

  2. Khushi Mommy

    I think Aryan is majestic too. Another one – Ishaan is easy to pronouce, though may not be as unique.

  3. Anonymous

    Please dont go with Jay – many people confuse it here with Joy which as a girls name.

  4. winfried

    I dont think Aryan is a good choice to close to aryan race. Neel and Ray r better choices, in my humble opinion.

    Regards

  5. Marjorie Khanna

    I agree with Winfried. People may consider it not politically correct here.

  6. Maya

    In that case, I need to think of something else…some names that came to mind are Sameer – can be shortened as Sam and another one’s Siddhart – “Sid” for short.

    Its a pity – I actually liked Arya/ Aryan quite a bit..it has a good vibe associated with it in India. But I get your point…

  7. Anjan

    Why not Anjan?

  8. Anonymous

    i am surprised that annika didnt find a place. Any reason??? We want to name our daughter Anneka.

  9. Anonymous

    Sorry its Annika not Anneka…..

  10. Vidya

    How about Shriya for a girl? Just had a baby daughter … Shriya is easy to say for the Americans as well since English has words like shrek, shrimp, shriek which have the Shri in it… 
    As for boys, I think Aryan is too common… Lots of kids in this generation will have arya, aryan, Arav and it loses it’s uniqueness… How about Rishi??

  11. anonymus

    why not nandini ? it is such a lovely name

  12. anonymus

    americans also pronounce nandini correctly as i hve a frnd in usa.

  13. Anonymous

    I’m due with our third child (a boy) any day…and still can’t think if a good boys name. I love the name aryan…but I already named my daughter aryanna…so that would sound silly…..some that i have on my list….sohan, sajan, naveen, nayan, kavi, rohan, ameet, anand, arav, ishaan, jayden but still cant decide…. and baby is due any day.

  14. Monica

    Need advise regarding boy name .What do u think of name “Daksh’ ?

  15. Anonymous

    Daksh is quite nice 🙂

  16. elan

    Dear Sir,

    I have a male baby, i need a short and sweet names for my baby. if it will be a hindu means ok

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