Some people, especially the ones in the English-speaking countries find Indian names funny and gibberish sounding. Some even make jokes about Indian names and mix words and spell it in a way it would sound like funny Indian names. You can often encounter made up Indian names pertaining to sex, private parts of the body and other silly things. Stories are even created about Indian names which involve, of course, a funny side.
One made up story is this: A guy whose name is Anantharaman Subbaraman was at the New York airport. He was waiting for his visa which lasted for around two hours. He has been waiting for the authorities to announce his name. He got fed up after hours of waiting and so he went to the authorities. He asked them why they have not called his name. The authorities told him that they have been calling him for two hours. They called him as Another Superman.
Remember that mixing and matching words to create Indian names, or at least sounding like one, is quite not exactly a good source of fun. Also, if it targets to ridicule someone or a group of people already, then it may already be a form of bullying and racism. So be careful.
How Do Indians Create Names?
Indian names, especially their last names are derived from different naming systems depending on the region, religion, horoscope and their place in the social status known as the caste system. The caste system in India was a tradition among the people of Hinduism wherein a hierarchy to the society is given at birth and is fixed until death. One should interact only but not exclusively to and marry only from his or her own caste. Some Indian names are derived from the names of the characters in epics, a poetry narrating heroic deeds important in the history of the Indian culture. Also, the most major religions in the world like Christianity and Islam have followings in India which makes the naming system more confusing and very diverse.
Popular Indian Names for Baby Boys and Their Meanings
These are the top 20 most popular baby boys name in India in the year 2011. According Baby Center, nothing much has changed in the ranks and names in the top 20. Boy names like Atharv, Arjan and Vendant are names derived from old Indian scriptures like the Mahabharata and the Vedas. They have become more popular through the years. Other names like Sai and Ishaan as well as Dev and Mohammed are inspired by religion which shows the strong devotion of the Indian people to their spiritual belief system. Some names in the top 20 are inspired by nature as well such as Darsh and Aarush. You may also see a lot of Indian names starting with A. Some Indians believe that those names are considered more favourable for success.
Popular Indian Names for Baby Girls and Their Meanings
According to the Baby Center data, the name Annya has been consistently the most popular baby girls name for two years already, maybe because of its unique meaning. Short names are now the trend when giving names to newly born Indian girls. Most names in the top 20 are only two syllables short – Riddi, Shreya, and Kyra as examples. Names derived from goddesses in Hinduism are still very popular which reflects their spiritual belief in supernatural creatures. Global and English names like Angel are becoming a popular name choice for girls as well. Baby Indian girl’s names starting with letter A are fewer compared to boys.