Help choosing a name for my baby girl

Hi,

I am due in April and need help on choosing a name for my baby girl. We want to name the girl a Hindu name which would be easy to pronounce by everyone. Here is our shortlist and we are open to suggestions

Ruhi
Samaira
Rhea
Aarna
Reya
Yuvika
Mukta

Replies

1
February 19, 2016 6:14 PM

Hi there,

I like these names and they are traditional, but would b also blend well in an English speaking environment:

 

Amara

Chandra

Kali

Kamala

Leela

Sarita

2
February 19, 2016 6:26 PM

Do Hindu folks really use Kali as a baby name? She seems like a really intimidating namesake to live up to.

3
February 20, 2016 11:44 AM

They name their children other names of that same goddess (such as Durga) but kali is less common bc it also means black and Indians tend to value fair skin especially in girls. the goddess herself is not seen in a negative light in India. 

4
March 13, 2016 5:49 AM

I love Kamala. Feminine, easy to pronounce and has nickname potential. 

5
April 4, 2016 7:14 PM

Kamala is a skin care line in some sort of business relationship with my allergist so I just can't get past all of the advertisements and association ... kind of like Allegra.  It's a beautiful name otherwise.  *sigh*

 

6
February 19, 2016 6:19 PM

I think any of those would work well, except possibly Mukta--the similarity of the first syllable to the word "muck" makes it a bit less appealing, I think.

Samaira and Reya feel like they fit best with the current naming trends--I could easily see them on non-Indian American girls. I've known a Samara and a Raina, which sound very similar. The new Star Wars heroine Rey might boost interest in names like Reya and Reyna (by whatever spelling).

Rhea is a recognizable name in the US that I think might be due for a bit of a come-back, because it has that "raindrop" feeling, though perhaps spelled slightly different--Ria, maybe. I actually have an auntie with this call name; a teacher who couldn't say her real, Japanese name assigned it back in the 1920s or 30s, so obviously it's easy for English-speaking Americans to pronounce.

I like Ruhi and Aarna a lot; I think they'd stand out a little bit more as Hindu names, probably, but wouldn't pose any problems and still sound fashionable. Ruhi maybe sounds a little younger, because of the -ee ending sound which is so often part of English nicknames. I also quite like the double-A at the beginning of Aarna--she'd always be at the front of the alphabet, along with any Aarons--but it's possible that folks in doctor's offices and such would have a tendency to mis-read her name as Aaron. That's not a big deal, just something to be aware of (and listening for in the waiting room).

Yuvika has the least "liquid" sound (not so much Rs and Ls and Ns etc.) which gives it a crisper feel that I like. It's not quite as on-trend as your other choices (besides Mukta), but in a good way, if that makes sense.

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February 22, 2016 9:13 PM

Thank you. That was so nice of you to give me an elaborate answer. My personal favorites are also Samaira and Reya

8
February 19, 2016 7:37 PM

I know next to nothing about Hindu names, so I probably won't be much help in that department. I can tell you that I don't foresee any problems with your choices, with the exception of Mukta due to its similarity to "muck". I would pronounce them as follows: ROO-hee, sa-MAY-ra or sa-MY-ra, REE-ah, AR-na, RAY-ah, yoo-VEE-ka, and MUK-ta or MOOK-ta.

I like Samaira the best out of your list, although I do think it would cause a little pronunciation confusion. You'd probably get sa-MAY-ra or sa-MY-ra most often. If that's not an option, I think Reya and Rhea are great too.

9
February 22, 2016 9:12 PM

thank you for your response. I know with Samaira there will be a bit of confusion with the name but i just fell in love with that name

10
February 20, 2016 12:07 AM

I really like the name Rhea but other hindu names that I enjoy are:

Asha
Devi 
Jaya
Maya 
Meera 
Priyanka
Zita
 

11
February 20, 2016 12:29 PM

I like Reya, Samaira, Rhea as being easiest to pronounce!

12
March 11, 2016 7:35 PM

OP: We have trimmed down the list

Aarna

Reya

Samaira

Aadya

Ruhi

 

Please suggest anyother names or let us know what you think is the best of our choices

13
March 13, 2016 4:21 AM

I have had quite a few young adult students with names very similar to Samaira. I think this is a reflection of the fact that it is a very pleasing set of sounds very much in step with current fashions, plus it contains similarities to several very well-established names that have enjoyed great popularity (Samantha, Sara)... all of which makes it a very comfortable crossover name with broad appeal. The down side is that I have had a hard time keeping the Samaira-variants straight in my head when there were multiples in my classes at the same time. (To be clear, I teach large lectures, so overlapping student names in a class of 90 students is different from overlapping in a class of 20).

Reya really stands out to me as a name that also has potential to be very appealing for a variety of reasons. Rey from Star Wars is a really positive association that I think makes that spelling much more intuitive now than previously... and it's in keeping with the raindrop style of names that's very on-trend, while also being a bit apart (I'm assuming it's said like Rhea, which has surprisingly not been revived -- which I think actually works in your favor because people won't have preconceived notions about how to spell the name). I know little Raynas, and the name seems to have been very well-received.

Aarna is very striking in writing. I'm guessing it's said like the beginning of Arnold? The consonant cluster of rn is a little more clunky than current fashions for girl names dictate, but I think that kind of makes it stand out in a pleasant way. I find it much more memorable than Aadya for that reason, but many people will perceive the liquid nature of Aadya as being prettier. Is Aadya pronounced like Nadia, but without the N? If so, that makes it fit even more seamlessly. So many names have been recently made popular because they are a beginning-consonant-truncated form of a more established favorite (B/Everly, M/Adelyn, M/Addison, N/Atalie), and I think that a name that sounds like Nadya (itself a very stylish choice that I've recently had in a birth announcement in the extende family) but without the starting N would be right at home.

Ruhi is a little less familiar - it doesn't evoke similarities to names already familiar to me the same way your other choices do. This could either be a good thing or not, depending on your priorities.

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March 16, 2016 2:18 PM

Hi thank you for response and suggestions, I really appreciate it. I like Samaira because it sounds wonderful and feels like a complete name to me. On the other hand I think some might not pronounce it correctly.

I also like Reya its short, trendy and easy for everyone to say it.

My husband likes Aarna a lot.

So we are stuck with 3 names Samaira, Aarna and Reya.

15
March 11, 2016 7:47 PM

I like Samaira for you. It's really pretty and it also has the blending-in nickname "Sam" if your daughter would  decides later on that she wants a more common name. And I second that Reya fits in today too.

But I think all your choices are pretty and doable for English speakers.

16
March 13, 2016 5:48 AM

Growing up I knew a Sarina - I always loved her name. Though I'm not 100% sure it's Hindu. 

17
March 13, 2016 5:12 PM

I like Samaira!

18
March 16, 2016 2:19 PM

Thank you all for your responses

Finally we have narrowed it down to 3 names Samaira, Aarna and Reya

Please keep the suggestions coming :)

 

 

19
April 4, 2016 5:01 PM

Hello everyone my little angel arrived on Mar 25 and we named her Aarna.

Thank you everyone for your suggestions :)

 

20
April 4, 2016 7:18 PM

Congratulations!  And welcome, Little Aarna. 

 

21
April 8, 2016 5:02 PM

Congratulations! A very sweet name.

22
April 8, 2016 10:01 PM

Congrats! 

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April 9, 2016 4:33 AM

Thanks for the update! I love the name choice, and think it stands out in a very positive, distinguished way. Congratulations!