Unique and Rare Indian Baby Names and their Meanings (Hindu baby girl and boy names)

Our names become our identity, names are the first thing that leave an impression on others; hence, it is important that names are chosen with care.

A name is for life and beyond that, choose wisely

In India, most families prefer to give meaningful names to their little ones, after all, names have power and impact on our lives and they are with us even after we are gone.

Unique & Rare Indian Baby Names with their meaning

Indian Hindu names and their meaning starting with hu he ho da

-Husna: meaning “most beautiful”

-Hetal: meaning “well mannered”

-Hema: meaning “golden”

-Darshana: meaning “sight” or “vision”

-Deepak: meaning “lamp”

-Damini: meaning “lightning”

-Deena: meaning “religion” or “way of life”

-Durga: meaning “goddess”

-Devi: meaning “goddess”

-Dharma: meaning “religion” or “law”

Indian Baby Boy Names Starting with A along with Meaning

  • Aabaan- Angel
  • Aadhir- Moon
  • Aamil- Doer
  • Anamaya Name of lord shiva
  • Araditya/Arayadit noble conqueror
  • Arain — Godly person
  • Anadya- Lord Krishna
  • Ashkaan- A dynasty Persian King
  • Avyukt Lord Krishna 

Rare Indian Baby Boy Names Starting with E

  • Eeshayu- Full of strength
  • Emad- Confidence
  • Erman-  Friend of God in Arab

Rare Hindu Baby Boy Names Starting with G & H

  • Gandharv- Mythological community of celestial musicians 
  • Garv- Pride
  • Garvit- Proud
  • Heyan- Light of God
  • Hridan- Voice from the heart

Unique Indian Baby Boy Names Starting with I & J

  • Idhant- Luminous
  • Ikshit- Desired
  • Ishaar- God

Rare Baby Boy Names Starting with K, L & M

  • Lakshin- Auspicious
  • Lavit- Lord Shiva
  • Lohitaksh- Lord Vishnu 
  • Mahin- Earth 

Unique Baby Boy Names Starting with N, O & P

  • Naahush- An ancient King
  • Nehaan- Affectionate
  • Nihaansh- Beautiful
  • Nabhya- Lord Shiva
  • Nirmay- Without blemish
  • Nirek- Superior
  • Nevaan Holy
  • Orion- Son of fire
  • Prayan- Supreme intelligent
  • Pranit- Modest
  • Pratyaksh- Ostensible/ Obvious

Rare Hindu Baby Boy Names Starting with R, S & T

  • Rishaan – Lord Shiva
  • Rishit- The best
  • Rovin- Pleasure
  • Ridhaan- Searcher or seeker
  • Ruhaan- spiritual
  • Saadik- Trustworthy
  • Saahir- Wakeful
  • Saamedh- full of strength
  • Shaakyaa:- Buddhhaa 
  • Satvat:- Lord Krishna
  • Tarush- Plant/ tree
  • Trishaan- A king of Surya dynasty

Modern Baby Boy Names Starting with V, Y & Z

  • Vyaan- Air
  • Vyom- Universe or sky
  • Yoram- King (Hebrew)
  • Yrishi- Surprising
  • Yogine- Saint, another name for Lord Hanuman
  • Yuvaan Youthful
  • Yashmit- Famous
  • Yushaan- Mountain
  • Zane- Gift from God (Hebrew name)
  • Ziaan- Peace
  • Zehaan- Brightness

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Unique and rare Baby Girl Names Starting with A

  • Aaraa:light
  • Aashika/aashiqa blessing/mercury/beloved
  • Araina/ Arahana- Peace/holy
  • Adhira- Moon
  • Aishani- Goddess Durga
  • Aikam- Unity/oneness
  • Aadrika Mountain
  • Aashvi- Victorious
  • Amaaraa-Immortal
  • Anouk:- Grace
  • Amishta- limitless/eternal

Hindu Baby Girl Names Starting with B, D & E

  • Bhavini- Emotional
  • Baani- Goddess Saraswati
  • Bela- Flowering Creeper, Sea shore
  • Divijaa- Born in heaven, heavenly
  • Deetya- Answer to prayers
  • Dwishaa- Direction or disha
  • Dhruti- Valiant/ motion/movement
  • Edhaa- Sacred
  • Ekishaa- One Goddess
  • Ekishaa- Goddess

Unique and Rare Baby Girl Names Starting with F, G & H

  • Faraa/farah- Beautiful
  • Falak- Heaven/sky
  • Freya- Goddess of love
  • Gamya- Expression of beauty
  • Garishma- A warm loving person
  • Gauravi- A respectable person

Rare Hindu Baby Girl Names Starting with I, J & K

  • Ishita- Lovable, desired
  • Idhaya- Heart
  • Iksha- Sight
  • Jiyana -Strength
  • Jenisha- Dispeller of ignorance
  • Jainaa- Good character 
  • Kamikaa- Desired
  • Karnikaa- Heart of lotus
  • Kavika- Poetess
  • Keemaya- Divine
  • Kenisha- Beautiful life
  • Keya- Flower
  • Kaashi- Holy city of Varanasi
  • Krishyaa- Krishna /Shiva

Unique Baby Girl Names Starting with L,M & N

  • Lakshaa- White Rose
  • Lakshita- Unique distinguished
  • Mahiraa – Expert, skilful 
  • Miraya mira, Krishna’s devotee
  • Mihiraa- Feminine of Sun
  • Manyaa- Honourable
  • Nayasa Affable, new beginning
  • Nirvi — bliss

Indian Baby Girl Names Starting with P & R

  • Pariha – A land of fairies
  • Paanvi- God, Festival
  • Parashvi- A touchstone that turns iron into gold
  • Reha — star in Arabic
  • Rheaa- a good hearted person
  • Ruhaani- Soulful
  • Raayaa- Flow

Modern hindu Baby Girl Names Starting with S & T

  • Sahiti- literature
  • Samrata – Wealthy, blessed
  • Sashmita- Ever smiling
  • Saraa- Pure
  • Saarya- Pious woman
  • Saanvi- Goddess Lakshmi
  • Sehaj -comfort
  • Sauraa celestial
  • Seerat- Innate nature/ Quality
  • Shaarvina- Goddess Durga
  • Teesta- A river
  • Thea:-light in Greek
  • Tvesha bright
  • Twishaa- Bright
  • Tushita- Satisfied
  • Tishyaa Auspicious fire
  • Trisha-Thirst
  • Twarita- Goddess Durga

Modern Hindu Baby Girl Names Starting with V & W

  • Vaayaala- Time
  • Viyaa/Vihaa- Heaven
  • Varalika goddess Durga
  • Zeniaa- Welcoming
  • Zihvaah- God
  • Ziaah- Enlightened
  • Zuhaa- The morning star
modern baby names in India

Things to Consider when Choosing a Particular Indian Name for your Baby

Choosing a baby’s name is one of the first important decisions that you’ll make as a parent-to-be. Should you select a traditional name that will stand the test of time, possibly one that’s remained in your family for generations? Or, should you opt for a more modern and unique baby name?

Apart from the name being smart, unique, traditional, or modern what are the other parameters that you should keep in mind while zeroing down to one name. 

Meaning of the Name

Names stay with us forever, hence it is important that we give our children names that are good to hear and are meaningful. A meaningless and frivolous name will only talk badly about parents’ choice.

Pronunciation of the name

Pronunciation is an important part and the name should be easy to pronounce, consider that if your child goes to some foreign country for work or study, will natives be able to pronounce the name clearly?

Some names can have funny or obscene connotations in other popular cultures, so you may want t check that too while choosing a name for your child.

Keep the name Simple and Uncomplicated

Your child should be able to pronounce the name clearly, also it should be easy for others to call out the name. You don’t want people to give silly names to your child, just because they can’t pronounce his/her name right!

Do a Good Research

Spend time reading up articles and looking on the internet for choosing the right name for your baby. This should be pre-planned and done well in advance.

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This will enable the parent-to- be to make a list of the best baby names that interest them.

Indian Rashi Names

Many parents choose to consult astrologers to help with selecting the right name for their baby. Naming a baby based on his or her moon sign or Rashi is considered to bring good luck.

Each zodiac sign has specific alphabets and syllables that are considered appropriate to name a baby. Here are some details on the various personality traits associated with each sign and the corresponding syllables to start your baby’s name with.

Here in this article, we have put together the beginning sounds of the names that are suitable for each Rashi/ Moon sign. To ascertain the moon sign you will need to check with an astrologer/ or an online Rashi calculator.

If you know your baby’s Rashi that is based on date, time and place of birth, you can select the name right away!

How can I find my Baby’s Rashi according to Hindu Astrology?

In Vedic astrology, your “rashi” is your moon sign not sun sign, it is based on the name of the zodiac position of the moon at the time of your birth. You can consult an astrologer to find your baby’s moon sign or rashi. You can also get the rashi by entering your date, time, and place of birth into an online calculator, but it is always better to check with a few astrologers.

Mesha Rashi Name Letters

Aries (Mesha) The Ram / European Zodiac Aries( Mar 21-Apr 19)

Confidence, independence, boldness and idealism are associated with those born under the Aries sun sign. They are believed to be competitive, goal-oriented and passionate about what they believe in.

Names that begin with the letters A, L, and the syllable Ch are considered auspicious for babies born under this sign.

Vrishabha Rashi Name Letters

Taurus (Vrishabha) The Bull/Taurus (Apr 20-May 20)

Prominent Taurean personality traits include stubbornness, loyalty and devotion. They are believed to be very kind, loving and reliable individuals.

Names starting with I, U, E, O, Wa, We, Wi and Wo are believed to bring luck to those belonging to this sign.

Mithun Rashi Name Letters

Gemini (Mithuna) The Twins/Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Intelligence, ambitiousness and quick wit are associated with the Gemini sun sign. Those born under this sign are capable of quickly adapting to any situation. They are charming, articulate and charismatic individuals.

Astrologers suggest that you may consider choosing names beginning with A, H, Gh, Ka, Ke and Ko to name your Gemini baby.

Karka Rashi Name Letters

Cancer (Karka) The Crab/Cancer(June 22-July 22)

Emotional, sensitive, nurturing, sympathetic – these are some of the qualities associated with the Cancer sun sign. Those born under this sun sign are considered to be very artistic because of their heightened sensitivity.

Names beginning with Da, De, Do, He, Hi, Ho and Hu are believed to be appropriate for babies born under this sign.

Singha Rashi Name Letters

Leo (Singha) The Lion/Leo(July 23-Aug 22)

Generous and warm-hearted, those born under the Leo sun sign are very protective of those close to them. They are also believed to possess a strong streak of creativity. They may be highly temperamental because of their energetic and enthusiastic nature.

Names beginning with Ma, Me, Mo, Ta, Te and To for your Leo baby.

Kanya Rashi Name Letters

Virgo (Kanya) The Virgin/ European Zodiac Virgo(Aug 23-Sept 22)

Virgos are believed to be calm, level-headed individuals. They are not prone to impulsive actions and think through consequences before they take the leap. Virgos possess a sharp mind; they are practical and meticulous but also modest and shy.

The syllables for Virgo names are Pa, Pe, Po, Sh, Ta and Th.Mesha Rashi Name Letters

Tula Rashi Name Letters

Libra (Tula) The Scales/ European Zodiac Libra(Sept 23-Oct 23)

Those born under the sign of Libra are diplomatic and sophisticated. They often tend to have a wide social circle and are romantics at heart.

Ra, Re, Ro, Ta, Te and To are believed to be lucky syllables to start a Libra baby’s name.

Vrushchika Rashi Name Letters

Scorpio (Vrushchika) The Scorpion/ European Zodiac Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 21)

Scorpions are powerful, passionate and charismatic. They draw people towards them like a magnet. Scorpios are exciting and sometimes flamboyant, but they also have an emotional side.

Names that start with Na, Ne, No, To, Ya, Ye and Yu are for Scorpio babies.

Dhanu Rashi Name Letters

Sagittarius (Dhanu) The Archer/ European Zodiac Sagittarius(Nov 22-Dec 21)

The Archer is a highly optimistic individual. Those born under the Sagittarius sign love their freedom and are good-humoured. They have an intellectual curiosity about everything around them and are often philosophical.

Names starting with Bh, Dh, Ph, Ta, Ye and Yo are believed to bring luck to people belonging to this sign.

Makara Rashi Name Letters

Capricorn (Makara) The Goat/ European Zodiac Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19)

Loyalty and ambition are the hallmarks of Capricorn. They are highly disciplined and work their way steadily towards achieving anything that they set their minds on. Though they may come across as reserved, they have a great sense of humour.

Names beginning with Bh, Ga, Ge, Ja, Je, and Kh are believed to be best for babies born under this sign.

Kumbha Rashi Name Letters

Aquarius (Kumbha) The Water Carrier/ European Zodiac Aquarius(Jan 20-Feb 18)

Aquarians like to be different from everyone else. They are friendly, honest and loyal and are often the life of the party. Aquarians are independent and free-thinkers.

You may consider names starting with Da, Ge, Go, Sa, Se and So to bring luck to your Aquarian baby.

Meen Rashi Name Letters

Pisces (Meena) The Fish/ European Zodiac Pisces(Feb 19-Mar 20)

Selfless, sympathetic, compassionate and kind, Pisceans are perhaps the softies of the Zodiac. They are highly imaginative and excel in creative arts.

You may consider choosing names beginning with Ch, De, Jh, Th and Ya for your Piscean baby.

You can find names for boys and girls starting with most of these letters in our baby name list above.

Parents name combo

A lot of parents combine their initial letters to form a unique and different name for their baby. For eg: Naitik + Akshara = Nayra

Less is more

Nowadays parents to be prefer to keep names with 2 or maximum 3 syllables. Short & simple is also easier to pronounce, easy to remember and you wont have to keep another nickname.

Symbolic to some Hindu God/ Goddess.

Some people believe that a name inspired by Hindu god/ Godess seem to have a greatinfluence on a person’s personality.  And thus people do keep babes symbolic to God/ Godess.

Most of these modern names here are inspired by Sanskrit language, so they are unique yet very Indian. Besides, Sanskrit baby names are inspired by God’s language (Devabasha). They’re beautifully pronounced, have an ethnic yet modern feel. Every baby not name listed below has a lovely meaning and a lyrical nuance to it.  We came across a plethora of fantastic names and brought to you the best and the latest ones.

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