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105 Cool Hindi Names for Boys

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Enjoy being mesmerized by the most magical Hindi boy names and finding your little prince's perfect name.

When discovering all that Hindi boy names have to offer, you might climb so deep into Hindu history, mythology, and cultural tradition that you can’t focus on the best name for your little boy.

This helpful list of Hindi names for boys will break down 105 names into more than just their meaning. You’ll learn fun facts, different variations, and even find out how popular the name is globally.

Keep reading to bring to light the coolest Hindi male names available for your little maharaja.


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105 Best Hindi Names for Boys

Read on to unearth the most unique Hindi boy names your little guy deserves.

Aakesh

Aakesh can more specifically refer to the “Lord of the heavens.” Aakesh is very rare outside of India and not as prevalent as similar variations like Akash. Aakesh is a unique way to bring Hindi myth and culture to your little boy’s name.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Lord of the sky
  • Pronunciation: Ah-KEYSH
  • Variations: Aakaash, Aakash
  • Popularity: In 2014, 346 people were named Aakesh worldwide, mostly in India.
Spiritual, Traditional

Aarav

Aarav originated from the Sanskrit “rav,” which refers to peace and music. It’s also synonymous with the idea of wisdom. Aarav is uncommon outside of India and can provide a strong and beautiful masculine name for little boys.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Peaceful, thundering
  • Pronunciation: AAh-ruv
  • Namesakes: Arav Chowdhary, an Indian actor known for the TV series Mahabharat. Aarav Singh, an Indian actor, known for playing in the TV series Pavitra Rishta.
  • Popularity: Aarav is extremely rare outside of India and mildly used in Thailand and Malaysia.
Classic, Strong

Aarnik

Aarnik is so rare that it doesn’t appear on any global name databases. If you want your little guy to be one in a million (or more), Aarnik may be the perfect name.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Unique, one of a kind
  • Pronunciation: AAAER-Nihk
  • Variations: Arnik
Rare, Unique

Abhay

Abhay also means “son of Dharma” and is the title of various Indian projects, from romantic comedies, children’s stories, and action films to a crime TV series. Abhay is ready and can be the top name for the new boy in your life.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Fearless
  • Pronunciation: AHB-hey
  • Namesakes: Abhay Deol, an Indian film actor who debuted in 2005 with the romantic comedy Socha Na Tha. Abhay Kumar, an Indian poet-diplomat and India’s 21st Ambassador to Madagascar.
  • Popularity: Abhay is ranked 5,078th worldwide, most popular in India, where it ranks 732nd.
Cool, Common

Advik

Advik is another name for “Lord Shiva” in Sanskrit. Advik is beyond rare, so the little Advik you name will definitely live up to its meaning and be “unrivaled” and “unparalleled.”

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Exclusive, matchless
  • Pronunciation: AAHD-veek
  • Variations: Aadvik
  • Popularity: In 2014, 89 people were named Advik worldwide, predominantly in Lebanon, India, and Thailand.
Traditional, Unusual

Anvit

Anvit has many Hindi meanings, from “friend,” “relation,” and “guide” to “one who always directs others.” Hindi male names like Anvit are waiting to be plucked by lucky moms like you.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Leader
  • Pronunciation: Aen-VIYT
  • Popularity: Anvit is very rare worldwide and is not used much outside of India.
Powerful, Uncommon

Ari

Ari also means “like the sun” in Hindi and is often used to nickname many other male names globally. It’s unisex and quite popular worldwide. The Hindu origins of Ari make it a short, strong name for your child to take on.

  • Origin: Hindi, Hebrew
  • Meaning: One without sin, one on the right path
  • Pronunciation: AAR-iy
  • Variations: Ary, Arih, Arie, Ahree
  • Namesakes: Ari Puheloinen, the Finnish Chief of Defense of the Finnish Defense Forces between 2009 and 2014. Ari Lasso, an Indonesian singer and former lead vocalist of Dewa 19.
  • Popularity: Ari is ranked 1,910th worldwide, most popular in Indonesia, and top-ranked at 22nd in Finland.
Informal, Popular

Arjun

Arjun is based on “Arjuna,” one of the significant characters of the Indian epic Mahabharata. He is a great mythological warrior and can weave his ancient tale into the modern life of your little guy.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: White light
  • Pronunciation: Aar-JHUWN
  • Variations: Arjuna, Arjune, Arju
  • Namesakes: Arjun Atwal, an Indian golfer and the first Indian player to win a tournament in the U.S.PGA Tour. Arjun Munda, an Indian politician and former Chief Minister of the Indian state of Jharkhand.
  • Popularity: Arjun is ranked 862nd worldwide, most popular in India, and highest-ranked at 88th in Nepal.
Popular, Mythological

Arnav

Arnav also means “rabbit” in Arabic and isn’t as popular outside India and neighboring countries. It has both poetic and cute meanings from the natural world into the life of the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Ocean
  • Pronunciation: AAR-Naav
  • Variations: Arnab
  • Namesakes: Dr. Arnav (born Amjath Khan), a Tamil actor appearing in the TV serials Sakthi and Keladi Kanmani.
  • Popularity: In 2014, less than 4,000 people were named Arnav worldwide, with its highest use in India.
Unusual, Classic

Aruj

Aruj also means “the rising sun” and is the name of a village in northern Afghanistan. Aruj is highly uncommon but can provide a stylish Hindi charm for the gorgeous boy you know.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Bright, shining
  • Pronunciation: Ah-ROOJ
  • Popularity: Aruj is very rare outside of India, except for some use in Pakistan.
Cute, Rare
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Arush

Arush is all things sunny, from “red” and “brilliant” to “dawn” and even “mares of the sun of fire.” Arush is uncommon but bright enough to break through for the sunshine boy you love most.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: First ray of the sun
  • Pronunciation: Aa-RUWSH
  • Variations: Arushi, Arusi
  • Namesakes: Arush Nand, an Indian actor known for Dear Zindagi (2016) and Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018).
  • Popularity: Arush is very rare worldwide and not often used outside India.
Unique, Uncommon

Aum

In Indic religions, “aum” or “om” is the sound made to represent the “unmanifested” symbol of God. Aum is strong in its religious form and a great way to thank the universe for your little boy.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: The sacred syllable
  • Pronunciation: AAHM
  • Popularity: In 2014, 3,297 people were named Aum worldwide, mostly in India.
Spiritual, Powerful

Aviraj

Aviraj also means “one who shines as bright as the sun” in Hindi and is a suggested name for those born under the birth star Krithika. No matter when your little boy is born, Aviraj offers the power of the sun and the strength of royalty.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: King of kings
  • Pronunciation: AH-vee-Rahj
  • Variations: Aveeraj, Aviraaj
  • Popularity: Aviraj is extremely rare and barely used outside of India.
Strong, Classic

Bhargav

Bhargav also refers to “the planet Venus,” “attending radiance,” and “a good archer.” These diverse qualities might influence you to name the baby boy you’re expecting Bhargav, and watch him shine.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Lord Shiva
  • Pronunciation: BAAR-Gaav
  • Variations: Bargavi, Bhaargav, Bhaargavi, Bhargava, Bhargavan, Bhargavi, Bharghavi
  • Namesakes: Bhargav Dronamraju, an Indian actor, known for Kickassia (2010), Atop the Fourth Wall (2008), and That Sci-Fi Guy (2010).
  • Popularity: Bhargav is quite uncommon and ranked in the top 50,000 names worldwide, while it’s used most in India.
Mythological, Traditional

Chaitanya

Chaitanya embodies all the lifeforce it can muster, referring to the highest attainable level of spiritual knowledge. Chaitanya is unisex and not found as much outside India, but its life-affirming qualities can also live on in your kids.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Consciousness
  • Pronunciation: Kay-TAEN-yaa
  • Namesakes: Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a 15th-century Indian saint, descended from the Hindu deities Radha and Krishna.
  • Popularity: Chaitanya isn’t ranked in the top 10,000 names worldwide and is more commonly used in India.
Formal, Spiritual

Chandan

Chandan’s original meaning refers to the “holy sandalwood tree.” Other meanings can refer to “perfumed” or “scented wood.” Chandan takes the holy and transforms it into a cute name for the newborn you love.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Moon, light
  • Pronunciation: CHAEN-Daen
  • Variations: Chand, Chan
  • Namesakes: Chandan Brahma, an Indian Bodoland People’s Front politician elected in the Assam Legislative Assembly election in 2016. Chandan Prabhakar, an Indian actor, stand-up comedian, and first runner-up in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge 3.
  • Popularity: Chandan is ranked 1,278th worldwide and is most prevalent in India, ranking 155th.
Spiritual, Popular

Daiwik

Daiwik is a variation of the Indian name Deval, meaning “divine.” Daiwik is super rare, even in India, so you may want to use divine grace to dust off this cool name for your little guy.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: By the grace of God
  • Pronunciation: DEY-Wihk
  • Variations: Daivik
  • Popularity: In 2014, only 12 people were named Daiwik worldwide, mainly in India.
Spiritual, Rare

Darpan

Darpan is a diminutive of the Indian Darpana, meaning “inducing pride.” When you approach Darpan, it connotes a sense of reflection and self-knowledge, which all kids could use at some point in life.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Reflection, mirror
  • Pronunciation: DAAR-Paen
  • Variations: Darpana
  • Namesakes: Darpan Inani, an Indian chess player and the highest-rated visually impaired chess player in India. Syed Ishrat Abbas (known as Darpan), a Pakistani actor and romantic hero during the “golden age” of Pakistan’s film industry.
  • Popularity: Darpan is very uncommon and not ranked in the top 50,000 names worldwide, but it appears most in India.
Unique, Uncommon

Darsh

Darsh refers to Lord Krishna and the magical moment when “the moon just becomes visible.” The word “Darshan” means vision, which tells of Lord Krishna’s power to see all things. This myth’s charm won’t be lost on your little Darsh either.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Handsome, moonlight
  • Pronunciation: DAARSH
  • Namesakes: Darsh Dhaliwal, a Punjabi singer known for the song Area de jatt.
  • Popularity: Darsh is very rare and used most in Egypt, where it ranks 1,573rd.
Informal, Cool

Darshil

Darshil has nuances to its meaning, referring to “something that looks good and sober.” It’s also used to describe anything appealing. Darshil may be the latest way to lay thanks at the tiny feet of your little god-in-training.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Perfection, attractive
  • Pronunciation: Duhr-SHIHL
  • Variations: Darsheel
  • Popularity: In 2014, 644 people were named Darshil worldwide, mostly in India.
Unique, Obscure
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Dev

Dev is one of the nicknames used for Deval and is also used as a short version of the Celtic Devin or Devon. Dev experiences some usage worldwide, from England and India to Bangladesh and the U.S. Dev is a new “old” name on the name list with global appeal.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit, Celtic
  • Meaning: God, deity
  • Pronunciation: DEHV
  • Variations: Deval
  • Namesakes: Dev (born Deepak Adhikari), an Indian actor and producer who owns the production house Dev Entertainment Ventures Pvt. Ltd. Dev Kumar, an Indian writer who established the Apna Theater in April 1992.
  • Popularity: Dev ranked 3,399th worldwide and is most popular in India, where it ranks 470th.
Informal, Spiritual

Dhruvam

Dhruvam can also mean the “enduring sound” found only in heaven. Dhruvam is the title of a blockbuster 90’s Malayalam action film. Dhruvam is the best way to call your little boy “heaven” without being literal.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Heaven, eternally
  • Pronunciation: DHRUUH-vaam
  • Variations: Druvam
  • Popularity: Dhruvam is extremely rare worldwide, barely occurring outside India.
Spiritual, Rare

Divyansh

Divyansh might specifically refer to “part of the divine being” or “part of divine light.” It possibly comes from “Divyanshu,” meaning “the sun” or “divine rays.” This shimmering example among Hindi boy names can enter your little boy’s life like a ray of light.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Divinity of God
  • Pronunciation: DIH-vy-Ahnsh
  • Variations: Devansh
  • Namesakes: Divyansh Panwar, an Indian sports shooter who won a silver medal at the 2019 ISSF World Cup.
  • Popularity: Divyansh is very uncommon and hardly used outside India.
Spiritual, Unique

Durjoy

Durjoy can refer to a person who is “luminant and radiant like the moon” and not just the moon itself. Your little Durjoy can light up the night with his awesome personality and this cool-sounding name.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Moon
  • Pronunciation: DUHR-joy
  • Namesakes: Durjoy Datta, an Indian author known for his novels about the romantic life of young Indians. Durjoy Rahman, an Indian art collector, and philanthropist who founded the Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation in 2018 to promote South Asian art.
  • Popularity: Durjoy is uncommon and unranked in the top 40,000 names worldwide and is used most in Bangladesh.
Unusual, Uncommon

Ekansh

Ekansh is a Marathi name whose meaning encapsulates the entirety of the “universe.” It’s not typically used outside India, but you can bring this universally powerful name into the life of the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Whole, complete
  • Pronunciation: EE-Kansh
  • Popularity: In 2014, 952 people were named Ekansh worldwide, with 926 occurring in India.
Traditional, Obscure

Evak

Evak is so rare it doesn’t have any famous namesakes. It’s also short and easy to pronounce, which may weigh up nicely for the little one in your life.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Equal
  • Pronunciation: EH-Vaak
  • Popularity: Evak is extremely rare worldwide and uncommonly used in India.
Cute, Rare

Gardabhi

In Hindu myth, Gardabhi refers to the divine mother who drinks the blood of Andhaka demons for purification purposes. Your son may not take up such strange behaviors but will appreciate the coolness factor of Gardabhi for sure. Gardabhi is so rare, it’s not found on any name database and is yours to claim.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Donkey, dung beetle
  • Pronunciation: GAAR-Dah-Bie
Mythological, Unusual

Girik

Girik also refers to Lord Shiva as “god” or “lord” of the “mountains.” Show your little deity how much you believe in him with this passionate, adventurous name.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Heart of the gods
  • Pronunciation: GIH-Riik
  • Namesakes: Girik Khosla, an Indian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for I-League club Sreenidi Deccan. Girik Aman, an Indian singer who gained fame from his song ”Take Your Sandals Off.”
  • Popularity: Girik is very uncommon and mainly used in India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Uncommon, Mythological

Hansraj

Despite being used as a given name in India and neighboring countries, Hansraj is also a popular surname in South Africa. Hansraj is one of the most beautiful Hindi names for boys and may give yours some wings to grow on.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Swan king
  • Pronunciation: Hahnz-RAAZH
  • Variations: Haansraj
  • Namesakes: Hansraj Hans, an Indian singer, and politician who is a recipient of the civilian honor of Padma Shri. Hansraj Gupta, an Indian mathematician, specializing in number theory.
  • Popularity: Hansraj is mildly uncommon, ranked in the top 15,000 names worldwide, and is most popular in India.
Strong, Unique

Haridasa

The Haridasa devotional movement during the 13th-century consisted of Haridasas (“servants of Vishnu”) spreading the Dvaita philosophy to the masses through literature. This tale of Haridasas can bring some context to the little truth-teller you’re naming.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Servant of Vishnu
  • Pronunciation: HHAA-riy-DAH-Saa
  • Variations: Haridas, Hari
  • Namesakes: Haridasa Thakur, an Indian Vaishnava saint known for being part of the initial spread of the Hare Krishna movement.
  • Popularity: Haridasa is very rare worldwide but is used mostly in India.
Mythological, Obscure
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Hemang

Hemang is a form of the Indian name Hemanga, which means “golden-bodied.” Either way, Hemang can champion the physical form of your new guy well.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: One with a shining body
  • Pronunciation: HHIY-Maeng
  • Variations: Hemanga, Hemangi, Hemangini
  • Namesakes: Hemang Badani, an Indian Cricketer who played for Tamil Nadu and Vidarbha. Dr. Hemang Dixit, a Nepalese educationalist and consultant pediatrician who is currently the Principal of Kathmandu Medical College.
  • Popularity: Hemang is very rare outside of India but ranks highest at 3,324th in Sudan.
Unique, Uncommon

Himanshu

Himanshu also refers to “Lord Chandra,” or “Soma” in Sanskrit, the Hindu god of the Moon associated with night, plants, and vegetation. Your little god of the night (and day) will likely adore this quirky name.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Moon
  • Pronunciation: Hhiy-MAEN-Shuu
  • Variations: Himansu
  • Namesakes: Himanshu Rai, one of the pioneers of Indian cinema, best known as the founder of Bombay Talkies studio in 1934, and Devika Rani.
  • Popularity: Himanshu is ranked 6,742nd worldwide, most popular in India, and 864th in the United Arab Emirates.
Mythological, Common

Hitesh

Hitesh also means “one who thinks well of everyone” and “Lord of goodness” (or Lord Venkateswara) in Hindu tradition. Your little boy will be pleased to have this all-good-things Hindi name for his own.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Helper, well-wisher
  • Pronunciation: Hhiy-TEHSH
  • Variations: Hiteshe, Hytesh, Hyteshe
  • Namesakes: Hitesh Kadam, an Indian first-class cricketer who plays for Railways. Hitesh Bagartti, an Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • Popularity: Hitesh is ranked in the top 10,000 names worldwide, most popular in India.
Classic, Common

Hridhaan

Hridhaan also means “one who is kind, generous, and compassionate to all.” Having heart is an easy way to say your little boy can make the name Hridhaan proud every day.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Heart, soul
  • Pronunciation: HREED-Haan
  • Variations: Hridaan, Hridan, Ridhaan
  • Namesakes: Hridhaan Roshan, the Indian son of Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan.
  • Popularity: In 2014, only 6 people were named Hridhaan worldwide, split between India, Malaysia, Brazil, and Thailand.
Unique, Rare

Hrithik

Hrithik’s other meanings include “from the heart” and “stream.” Hrithik is not very common, yet the truth can flow like water when your little guy is named Hrithik.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Truthful
  • Pronunciation: HRIH-Tihk
  • Variations: Hrithikesh
  • Namesakes: Hrithik Roshan, an Indian actor who has appeared several times in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 since 2012.
  • Popularity: Hrithik is very rare worldwide and primarily used in Bangladesh and India.
Unique, Uncommon

Inesh

Inesh also refers to the Hindu god Vishnu, the protector of the universe who balances out good and evil. Your little Inesh can figure out good and bad with this cool, royal name.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Strong king
  • Pronunciation: Iy-NEHZ
  • Variations: Ines
  • Popularity: In 2014, 1,402 people were named Inesh worldwide, most popular in Sri Lanka and India.
Powerful, Mythological

Ishaan

Ishaan represents the Hindu god Surya, known as both the “sun” and “sun god,” who is worshiped at dawn. Your little boy can be an early riser or sleep in, but he won’t forget the meaning behind Ishaan anytime soon.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: The sun
  • Pronunciation: iy-SHAEN
  • Variations: Ishan
  • Namesakes: Ishaan Khattar, an Indian actor who first appeared in the 2005 film Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!
  • Popularity: Ishaan is extremely rare and barely used outside of India.
Mythological, Strong

Jaiden

Jaiden is a variation of the Indian name Jaydev, which comes from the Hebrew “Jaden,” meaning “he will judge.” Jaiden is a unisex Hindu-Hebrew name you can bring back to life for your new boy.

  • Origin: Hindi, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has heard
  • Pronunciation: JHEY-Dehn
  • Variations: Jayden, Jaden, Jadon
  • Namesakes: Jaiden Abbott, an Anguillan football player who has played for the Anguilla national team. Jaiden Kaine, a Cuban-American actor, known for the films Killing Lincoln and The Vampire Diaries.
  • Popularity: Jaiden is extremely rare worldwide but ranked in the top 5,000 names in Colombia.
Traditional, Spiritual

Jay

In Hindu culture, Jay or Jai is typically used for boy names. It points to a “conqueror” but is also widely used in English culture as a nickname. Jay is unisex and would be there for your little boy when he defeats all enemies.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Win, victory
  • Pronunciation: JHEY
  • Variations: Jai, Jaya
  • Namesakes: Jay Bybee, an American lawyer and jurist serving as a senior circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Jay Bhanushali, an Indian actor, known for the soap opera Kayamath on Star Plus.
  • Popularity: Jay is ranked 687th worldwide, most used in India, and highest at 127th in the Philippines.
Informal, Popular

Jayakanta

Jayakanta is a more formal version of the Indian Jayant, which refers to the Hindu son of Indra who fights wars for the gods and his father. This powerful male name is the most elaborate of the “victory” names for the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Light of victory
  • Pronunciation: JAAY-ah-KAN-Thaah
  • Variations: Jayant
  • Popularity: Jayakanta is quite uncommon and only appears in India.
Formal, Mythological
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Jayaraj

Jayaraj specifically means “victory king” and was once used as a surname for men and women in South India. Jayaraj is not popular outside of India, so its victorious return is imminent should you choose it for your little king.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Brilliant, lord of victory
  • Pronunciation: JAY-ah-Raaj
  • Variations: Jairaj, Jeyaraj
  • Namesakes: Jayarajan Rajasekharan Nair (known as Jayaraj), an Indian filmmaker in the Malayalam film industry and the founder of the Birds Club International.
  • Popularity: Jayaraj is uncommon and ranked in the top 50,000 names worldwide, and is mostly used in India.
Powerful, Obscure

Jihan

Jihan also has Arabic roots, referring to “the universe.” Jihan also refers to a river in Iran. The Hindu-Arabic connection is strong, and this all-encompassing unisex name can stay with your little guy like a good friend.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Universe
  • Pronunciation: JHIY-Hhaan
  • Variations: Jihane
  • Namesakes: Jihan Wu, a Chinese billionaire cryptocurrency entrepreneur who co-founded the Bitcoin company Bitmain in 2013.
  • Popularity: Jihan isn’t ranked in the top 10,000 names worldwide, is most prevalent in Egypt, and is highest-ranked at 283rd in Palestine.
Traditional, Spiritual

Jnandeva

Jnandeva similarly means “lord of the soul” and “god of the beings.” It’s super rare and doesn’t appear in any name database globally. It looks like you can keep your little “king of existence” all to yourself, along with this obscure Hindu name.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Lord of life
  • Pronunciation: JHYAAN-ah-Dey-Va
  • Variations: Jnaandeva
  • Namesakes: Jnanadeva, a 13th-century Indian mystic poet-saint who composed the Jnaneshvari, a commentary on the Bhagavadgita.
Spiritual, Rare

Kairav

Kairava has a particular Hindi meaning, like “born from the water” (just as the lotus flower). This symbol of spiritual rebirth and growth can only strengthen your new boy as he grows up in the world.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Lotus
  • Pronunciation: Kay-RAAV
  • Variations: Kairava
  • Popularity: In 2014, 230 people were named Kairav worldwide, mostly in India.
Spiritual, Uncommon

Kalpen

Kalpen also means “one who imagines” in Hindi. It’s an uncommon name globally but occasionally used in India, Indonesia, England, and the U.S. Kalpen is unlike typical Hindi boy names, so use it wisely for the little bundle in your life.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Fit, proper
  • Pronunciation: KHAL-pen
  • Namesakes: Kalpen Modi (known as Kal Penn), an American actor and former White House staff member in the Barack Obama administration.
  • Popularity: In 2014, less than 300 people were named Kalpen worldwide, most used in India.
Cute, Unusual

Krish

Krish is a nickname for the Indian Krishna, referring to Lord Krishna, the supreme deity. Krish can also mean “black,” “dark,” “attractive,” or “mysterious.” Whichever your little god is, he can go far with this cute Hindi male name.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Harvest
  • Variations: Krishna, Krsna
  • Namesakes: Krish (born Vijay Balakrishnan), an Indian actor appearing in Tamil and Telugu films as an actor and playback singer. Radha Krishna “Krish” Jagarlamudi, an Indian film director and recipient of the Nandi Award and Filmfare Award.
  • Popularity: Krish ranked in the top 50,000 names worldwide, is used most in India, and ranks highest at 616th in Fiji.
Informal, Mythological

Lakshya

The exact meaning of Lakshya is “an end for the purpose of doing something.” It’s unisex and rare but mostly given to boys in India. If you’re looking for an awesome name for your little guy, Lakshya may be the arrow to get him there!

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Aim, destination
  • Pronunciation: LAEK-Shayuw
  • Variations: Lakshiya, Lakshiyah, Lakshyah
  • Namesakes: Lakshya Sen, an Indian badminton player, former world junior no. 1, and a gold medalist at the 2018 Asian Junior Championships. Lakshya Anand, an Indian producer and director, known for Attack (2022) and Bang Bang (2014).
  • Popularity: In 2014, 3,234 people were named Lakshya worldwide, mostly in India.
Unique, Traditional

Lekh

Lekh refers to any Hindi written text of great importance or could refer to the act of writing. You may sow the seeds for a great wordsmith when you name your new son Lekh.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Document
  • Namesakes: Lekh Tandon, an Indian filmmaker who directed numerous Bollywood movies such as Professor (1962) and Prince (1969). Lekh Batra, an Indian mycologist who studied the symbiotic relationships between fungi and beetles.
  • Popularity: Lekh is uncommon, ranked in the top 25,000 names worldwide, and is mainly used in India and Cambodia.
Informal, Uncommon

Lohit

Lohit also means “mars,” “battle,” “sandalwood,” and “saffron.” Lohit is also a river flowing through both China and India. The little boy in your life might be a warrior or prefer the poetic feel of sandalwood and saffron, but he’ll likely rock this name either way.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Red, made of copper
  • Pronunciation: LOH-Hiht
  • Variations: Lolith
  • Popularity: Lohit is uncommon, ranked in the top 40,000 names worldwide and is primarily used in India.
Traditional, Unique

Mahishmat

Mahishmati comes from “mahisha” meaning “a buffalo.” Mahishman means “he who is rich in buffaloes”, leading Mahishmat and Mahishmati to mean “the city of King Mahishma.” It’s very rare worldwide, so your little one might be the first king of the buffaloes to exist in the modern world.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: The king of buffaloes
  • Pronunciation: Mah-HISH-Maht
Unusual, Rare
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Manbir

In addition to its Hindi origins, Manbir was also present in Sikh and Punjabi traditions. It can also be a “warrior” of the heart, which sounds like the perfect combination of sweet and strong for your little boy to own.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Braveheart
  • Pronunciation: Maen-VIHR
  • Variations: Manveer, Manvir
  • Namesakes: Bhai Manvir Chaheru (also known as Manbir Singh and “General Manvir Singh Chaheru”), the Indian founder of the Khalistan Commando Force.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 2,625 people in India out of 3,048 people worldwide were named Manbir.
Strong, Uncommon

Manoj

Manoj comes from the Indian phrase “manasi jaatah iti Manojah,” meaning “he is born in the mind.” It’s a heady way to add some Hindu tenets to the name of the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Springing from the intellect
  • Pronunciation: Maa-NOWJH
  • Namesakes: Manoj Bhargava, an Indian-American billionaire businessman and founder of Innovations Ventures LLC, the company producing a 5-hour Energy drink. Manoj Rajoria, an Indian politician who won the 2014 Indian general election.
  • Popularity: Manoj ranked 179th worldwide and is most popular in India, where it ranks 14th.
Spiritual, Popular

Mayan

Mayan also means “indifferent to wealth” and “God of love” in Hindi. Mayan is not used often, but you can bless your little boy with its unique charms.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Blessing of God
  • Popularity: Mayan is uncommon, but ranks 294th in Israel where it is used most, along with India, South Sudan, and Egypt.
Unique, Spiritual

Meet

Meet has various meanings, from “companion” and “well-wisher” to “supporter,” “hero,” and “very intelligent.” All these compliments come from this four-letter name. Meet can be an adorable and admirable choice for your sweet boy.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Friend, companion
  • Namesakes: Meet Mukhi, an Indian child actor who appeared in the films My Friend Pinto, Rowdy Rathore, and Torbaaz.
  • Popularity: Meet is rarely heard outside of India.
Cute, Rare

Mehul

Mehul is a variation on the Indian Mehula, meaning “rain,” and Mukul, meaning “soul.” It’s a simple name very rarely heard today. Mehul may bring the happiest rain around when your little boy is born.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Rain, cloud
  • Pronunciation: MEH-Huwl
  • Variations: Mehula
  • Namesakes: Mehul Thakker, an Indian-American and the first South Asian to run for a statewide office in California. Mohammed Baloch (known as Mehul Kumar), an Indian Bollywood filmmaker known for the films Tirangaa (1992) and Kohram (1999).
  • Popularity: Mehul is not ranked in the top 25,000 names worldwide and is mostly used in India.
Traditional, Unique

Moksh

In Hindu culture, “moksha” refers to different forms of “emancipation, enlightenment, liberation, and release” from the cycle of birth and death. Moksh should prove dynamic enough to get your little boy started on the right path.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Salvation
  • Pronunciation: MOHKSH
  • Variations: Moksha, Moksa
  • Popularity: In 2014, 574 people were named Moksh worldwide, mainly in India.
Rare, Spiritual

Naitik

Naitik’s other meanings include “ethical” and moral.” In Arabic, the variant Natiq means “articulate” and “clear.” You can keep piling on the compliments for your little guy or name him Naitik and let him do the rest.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Good-natured
  • Pronunciation: NAIH-teek
  • Variations: Natiq
  • Popularity: Naitik is so rare it isn’t ranked in the top 200,000 names worldwide and is barely used outside of India.
Traditional, Rare

Nihal

Nihal also has Arabic origins and means “sapling” in Persia. It’s unisex and also refers to someone “eager to get knowledge” in Hindi. When knowledge leads to joy, you can give both to the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Joyous, successful
  • Pronunciation: Niy-HHAAL
  • Variations: Neahal, Neehal, Neihal, Neyhal, Niehal, Nyhal
  • Namesakes: Nihal Nelson, a Sri Lankan vocalist, and songwriter who holds the record for the most albums recorded by a Sri Lankan artist with 113 albums. Nihal Sarin, an Indian chess prodigy who achieved the title of Grandmaster at age 14.
  • Popularity: Nihal is ranked in the top 5,000 names worldwide and is used most in Turkey and India.
Classic, Common

Nishit

Nishit more directly refers to “midnight” and can also mean “born of night,” “sharp or pointed.” Nishit brings old-world Hindu symbolism into the modern age for little boys the world over to enjoy.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Night
  • Pronunciation: Niy-SHIYT
  • Namesakes: Nishit Broker, an Indian actor known for the films PK (2014), Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), and Bring on the Night (2012).
  • Popularity: Nishit is very uncommon worldwide and not used much outside India and Bangladesh.
Cute, Uncommon

Onkar

Spiritually speaking, Onkar refers to the “one god” or “god in his entirety” and is part of the first phrase in a Hindu mantra. This almighty origin makes Onkar a special choice for your little boy’s name.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: God
  • Pronunciation: AAN-Gkaar
  • Variations: Oncar, Oncarr, Onckar, Onckarr, Onkarr
  • Namesakes: Onkar Kanwar, an Indian businessman and the managing director of Apollo Tyres.
  • Popularity: Onkar is mildly common but not ranked in the top 10,000 names worldwide and is mainly heard in India.
Spiritual, Classic
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Onveer

Onveer is thought to have specific Punjabi and Sikh origins, but its true meaning isn’t very clear. Onveer isn’t on the map when it comes to popularity or famous namesakes, so perhaps you’ll be brave enough to take this interesting Hindi name and pass it along to your boy.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Brave
  • Pronunciation: OHN-vheer
Obscure, Unusual

Oogharth

Oogharth specifically refers to the “son of Oaghavand” and also means “bubbly.” It’s an unusual one among Hindi boy names with very little known about it. Perhaps your little boy is the right candidate to bring it back to life!

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Lively, enthusiastic
  • Pronunciation: OOOW-Garth
Obscure, Rare

Oviyan

Oviyan can also refer to a “painter” or “talented craftsman.” It’s also the name of a small village in India but is very rarely used globally. Oviyan might help celebrate all the creativity ready to spring forth from the little boy in your life.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Artist
  • Pronunciation: OH-viy-Yaan
  • Popularity: In 2014, only 36 people were named Oviyan worldwide, mostly in India and Indonesia.
Traditional, Rare

Parijat

Parijat also links to the Parijat flower, a night-flowering Jasmine. It’s unisex but tends to be used more as a boy’s name. Parijat is also a famous female Nepalese writer. There aren’t many other famous male Parijats around- until your handsome Parijat comes along!

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Celestial coral tree
  • Pronunciation: Pae-Rih-JHAAT
  • Variations: Parijata
  • Popularity: Parijat is very uncommon worldwide but mostly used in India and Bangladesh.
Unique, Uncommon

Pranit

Pranit can also mean “God” and “one who is dear as life.” It’s unisex and more common as a girl’s name worldwide. The worthwhile meanings of Pranit can work for awesome little girls or boys who wish to emulate these good qualities.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Modest, humble
  • Pronunciation: Prae-NIHT
  • Variations: Praneat, Praneet, Pranyt
  • Popularity: Pranit is somewhat uncommon, ranked in the top 30,000 names worldwide, and is used most in Thailand, where it ranks 610th.
Traditional, Cute

Pranjal

Pranjal means “holy water” and “delightful” in Gujarati. It isn’t common globally, but it has all the makings of a good son you can have fun naming Pranjal.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Honest, dignified
  • Pronunciation: PRAHN-jahl
  • Variations: Praanjali, Pranja, Pranjali
  • Namesakes: Pranjal Bhumij, an Indian footballer who plays forward for the Indian club Mumbai City FC. Pranjal Bharali, an Indian businessman and film producer who produced Assamese films.
  • Popularity: Pranjal is uncommon outside India and is not ranked in the top 30,000 names worldwide.
Classic, Uncommon

Prateek

Prateek refers to the “first word in a sentence” or the “image of God.” It’s not just a symbol but also means “the symbol of God.” Prateek brings a little Hindu devotion with it when used for the new boy in your life.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Origin, symbol
  • Pronunciation: Prah-TIYK
  • Variations: Pratik
  • Namesakes: Prateek Sharma, an Indian film and TV producer, director, and creative head of LSD Films Private Limited. Pandit Prateek Chaudhuri, an Indian classical sitarist of the Senia Gharana school graded as a “Top Class” Artist of India.
  • Popularity: Prateek is uncommon and ranked in the top 30,000 names worldwide, used mostly in India but ranked 1,561st in Poland.
Cute, Spiritual

Pratham

Pratham also means the “first word” and is a variation of the Indian Prathamesh, meaning “Lord Ganesh,” since Ganesh is worshiped first and foremost. You can show appreciation and thankfulness with this spiritually sound name.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Origin, beginning
  • Pronunciation: PRAH-Thom
  • Variations: Prathamesh
  • Namesakes: Pratham Singh, an Indian cricketer who debuted for the Railways team in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Pratham (also known as Olle Huduga Pratham), an Indian film actor and winner of the reality show Bigg Boss Kannada.
  • Popularity: Pratham is very rare worldwide and not used much outside of India.
Mythological, Informal

Pratyush

Pratyush refers to the actual “sunrise” in Hindi and can also mean “the one who enlightens everything and everyone.” It’s a tall order, but perhaps your newest addition to the family is up for the challenge.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Dawn
  • Pronunciation: PRAAHT-yush
  • Namesakes: Pratyush Buddiga, an Indian-American poker player and spelling bee champion originally from New Zealand. Pratyush Singh, an Indian first-class cricketer who plays for Delhi U-19.
  • Popularity: Pratyush is rare worldwide and most popular in India.
Cute, Unique

Raayan

Raayan has Persian origins, which means “smart,” “thinker,” and “wise.” It also means “graceful” in Hebrew. With various cool meanings, Raayan might be everything you want your little boy to have in a name.

  • Origin: Hindi, Arabic
  • Meaning: Little prince, paradise/heaven
  • Pronunciation: RIY-Haan
  • Variations: Rayan, Rayhan, Rayaun
  • Popularity: In 2014, only 11 people were named Raayan worldwide, with Brazil and India tied at #1.
Cute, Rare
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Rangamoorthi

Rangamoorthi is an almost unheard-of name in India and worldwide. The closest variation is Ramamoorthi, which is an equally rare Marathi Indian surname. This gorgeously rare name is yours to discover for the little lord you know.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Lord Shiva
  • Pronunciation: RAAHN-gah-MOOR-thee
Obscure, Rare

Reyansh

Reyansh also refers to one of the names of Lord Vishnu, the protector of the universe. Reyansh makes a unique name for the little boy you’re expecting, whether depicting a full-blown Hindu god or a bright blast of light.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Ray of light
  • Pronunciation: Rai-YAHNSH
  • Variations: Rayansh, Reiansh. Reyaansh
  • Popularity: Reyansh is extremely rare worldwide and is mainly used in India, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Mythological, Rare

Riddhiman

Riddhiman doesn’t just mean “good fortune” but refers to the person who carries this fortune with him. Riddhiman is hardly used outside India but might prove a cool choice for your lucky baby boy.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Good fortune
  • Pronunciation: RIHD-ih-Mahn
  • Popularity: In 2014, 193 people were named Riddhiman worldwide, mainly in India.
Unique, Cool

Rishi

Rishi denotes “an enlightened person” and is used globally, from Japan and India to the U.S. and UK. It’s a cute name with so much meaning for the adorable wise guy in your life.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Sage
  • Pronunciation: RIH-Shiy
  • Variations: Rishon
  • Namesakes: Rishi Sunak, an Indian-British politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer since 2020. Rishi Bhat, an Indian-American former child actor, and internet entrepreneur.
  • Popularity: Rishi is ranked 4,269th worldwide, most popular in Japan.
Cute, Common

Ronit

Ronit also has Hebrew origins derived from Roni, meaning “my joy.” It’s unisex and often used as a girl’s name outside the Hindu world. Ronit is a classic choice for the little boy you want to name.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Song, chant
  • Pronunciation: Raah-NIHT
  • Variations: Roni
  • Namesakes: Ronit Gajanan More, an Indian first-class cricketer who plays for Karnataka. Ronit Roy, an Indian actor who earned a Filmfare Award, five ITA Awards, and six Indian Telly Awards.
  • Popularity: Ronit is uncommon, ranked in the top 40,000 names worldwide, and is most popular in Israel, where it ranks 118th.
Traditional, Uncommon

Sai

Sai can also mean “flower” or “Lord Shiva” in Hindi and has associations as both a Ghanases and Burmese name. Sai is unisex but used more for boys overall. Sai is an easy name to embrace for the divine boy or girl in your life.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: One who is divine
  • Variations: Sae
  • Namesakes: Sai Mauk Kham, a Burmese politician who served as First Vice President of Myanmar from 2012 to 2016. Sai Vissamraju (known as Sai Kiran Ram), an Indian actor in Telugu, Malayalam, and Tamil films and TV series.
  • Popularity: Sai ranked 691st worldwide and is most popular in Myanmar, where it ranks 19th.
Cute, Popular

Samaksh

Samaksh specifically indicates being “in front of something or someone,” which gives it a uniquely focused meaning. It can also mean “faith,” “visible,” and “dignity.” Samaksh can bring its Hindi appeal to your little guy’s life with glee.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: In front
  • Pronunciation: SAA-maksh
  • Variations: Samiksh
  • Namesakes: Samaksh Sudi, an Indian actor known for Quarantine Diaries: Vol. 01 (2020), Meri Iss Saal Ki Rakhi (2020), and Locked (2020).
  • Popularity: In 2014, 214 people were named Samaksh worldwide, mainly in India.
Unique, Traditional

Samesh

Samesh can also mean “god-like” in Hindi but doesn’t have other divine associations. It’s quite rare globally outside of India but has a traditional ring that may suit the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: The lord of equality
  • Pronunciation: SAAY-mesh
  • Variations: Samich, Samish, Someesh, Somesh, Sumesh
  • Popularity: Samesh is very rare and unranked in the top 100,000 names, while used most in India.
Traditional, Rare

Sanat

Sanat can even mean “Lord Brahma the creator.” Lord Brahma is a god associated with creation, knowledge, and Vedas, ancient Hindu scriptures. On top of all this, Sanat is a sweet name for a boy to make his own.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Eternal, ancient
  • Pronunciation: SAH-Naht
  • Namesakes: Sanat Mehta, an Indian politician and social activist who served as labor and finance minister of the state. Sanat Divanov, a Soviet actor, known for Delighted by You (1958) and Dalyokie blizkie gody (1976).
  • Popularity: Sanat is ranked in the top 10,000 names worldwide, most popular in India, and ranked 606th in Afghanistan.
Classic, Mythological

Sanket

Sanket also means “goal” in Hindi. It isn’t very popular outside of India, but it may be one of the most straightforward and charming Hindi male names for the one you adore.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Signal
  • Pronunciation: Saeng-KEHT
  • Variations: Sanketh
  • Namesakes: Sanket Bhosale, an Indian comedian known for his work in Hindi television.
  • Popularity: Sanket ranks just over the top 20,000 names worldwide and is mostly used in India.
Traditional, Uncommon
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Satyashrawa

Satyashrawa is a mostly unused Hindi name with a single meaning. It has no famous namesakes and isn’t found on global name databases. The spiritual feel to this likely ancient name could be the ideal way to bring the old Hindu world to life again for your little one.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: One who hears the truth
  • Pronunciation: Saat-YASH-Rah-Wah
Rare, Obscure

Sharvil

Sharvil can refer to Lord Krishna, where it means “omnipresent.” It comes from the Hindi word “sharv,” meaning “sacred.” Sharvil means so much, yet is such a unique name for the most divine little boy you know.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Universal, divine one
  • Pronunciation: SHUHR-vihl
  • Popularity: In 2014, 240 people were named Sharvil worldwide, mostly in India and the U.S.
Mythological, Rare

Shashank

Shashank also connects to the Hindu god Shiva, sometimes called Shashank Sekhar, meaning “He holds the moon on his head.” This beautiful Hindu tradition can live on in your little boy’s life with Shashank.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Moon
  • Pronunciation: Shuh-SHAHNK
  • Variations: Shashanka
  • Namesakes: Shashank Arora, the only Indian actor to have two films, compete at Cannes and one at the Sundance Film Festival. Shashank Manohar, an Indian lawyer who twice served as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
  • Popularity: Shashank is mildly uncommon worldwide and mainly used in India.
Traditional, Uncommon

Shaurya

Shaurya also means “honest” and “way of life” in Hindi. It’s unisex and seems to mainly be a way of life name in India. You can borrow some of this brave name’s charm for your little boy to take on.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Bravery
  • Pronunciation: SHAWR-gyuh
  • Namesakes: Shaurya Sanandia, an Indian cricketer who plays for Saurashtra.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 2,111 of 2,340 people named Shaurya worldwide were in India.
Classic, Rare

Tejas

Tejas is full of meanings, including “strength,” “valor,” “courage,” and “splendor.” If these fine attributes appeal to you, Tejas will make an extra-special choice for the baby boy you’ll soon meet.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Sharp, luster, brilliance
  • Pronunciation: TEY-Jaas
  • Popularity: Tejas is uncommonly ranked in the top 20,000 names worldwide and is used mainly in India.
Unique, Informal

Tivra

Tivra can also mean “strong” and is used as a girl’s name half of the time in India. Tivra stands on its own with a high-energy flair for the one in your life to get their juices flowing early.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Fast, intense
  • Pronunciation: TEEV-Rah
  • Popularity: In 2014, only 49 people worldwide were named Tivra, mostly in India.
Unusual, Rare

Trijal

Shiva is associated with Lord Shiva, the supreme deity in the Hindu religion, together with Brahma and Vishnu. Shiva is known as “the destroyer,” but you won’t have to worry. Trijal doesn’t come with the need to break things, so your little guy should be just fine!

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Lord Shiva
  • Pronunciation: TRIH-Jahl
  • Popularity: Trijal is extremely rare worldwide, even in India, where it’s only occasionally used.
Traditional, Mythological

Tuhin

Tuhin is a stand-alone choice among Hindi names for boys, often thought similar to the French name Aubin, meaning “white, snow.” Its use is peppered globally but most dense in South Asian countries. Tuhin can become a welcome snowstorm for your little boy.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Snow
  • Pronunciation: TUW-Hhin
  • Variations: Tuhine, Tuhyn,Tuhyne
  • Namesakes: Tuhin is an Indian actor known for the films Aaj Robibar (1996), Tabij (2021), and Aguner Poroshmoni (1994).
  • Popularity: Tuhin ranks just over the top 10,000 names worldwide, most popular in Bangladesh, where it ranks 260th.
Unique, Classic

Tushar

Tushar can refer to the “fine drops of water” or “frost” inherent with snow, expanding its original meaning. Tushar is relatively common globally, and its picturesque snow is ready for your little boy to play in its snowflakes.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Frost, snow, winter
  • Pronunciation: TUUH-Shar
  • Variations: Tushare, Tusharr
  • Namesakes: Tushar Deshpande, an Indian cricketer who debuted for Mumbai in the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy. Tushar Kalia, an Indian choreographer specializing in Mayurbhanj Chhau, Kalari, and Contemporary dance.
  • Popularity: Tushar is ranked in the top 5,000 names worldwide, most used in India, and ranked highest at 412th in Bangladesh.
Classic, Common

Udarsh

Udarsh is an extremely rare name that doesn’t rank on any name database other than a surname. You can take a chance with this cool Hindi name and allow your little boy to make it his own.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Brimming
  • Pronunciation: UU-daarsh
Obscure, Rare
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Umang

Umang can also mean “delight” in Hindi and is unisex. Umang is predominantly used in India as a boy’s name. Umang is everything a high-energy little boy could want in a name to match his spirit.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Enthusiasm
  • Pronunciation: Uu-MAANG
  • Variations: Umanga
  • Namesakes: Umang Sharma, an Indian first-class cricketer who plays for Uttar Pradesh.
  • Popularity: Umang is quite uncommon and ranked in the top 50,000 names worldwide, while used most in India.
Traditional, Uncommon

Vaidik

Vaidik refers to the “scriptural knowledge of Vedas,” which are religious Hindi texts. Vaidik easily links back to “Vedic” and can carry the power of those holy texts when you name your little guy Vaidik.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Enlightening
  • Pronunciation: VAI-deek
  • Popularity: In 2014, 98 people were named Vaidik worldwide, while all but three occurred in India.
Spiritual, Rare

Vajrasen

Vajrasen is an unusual but masculine Hindi name for boys that is straightforward. You’ll not find another Vajrasen around, so enjoy giving it to the mini commander-in-chief of your life.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Strong-armed
  • Pronunciation: Vaaj-RAH-Sehn
  • Popularity: In 2014, only six people were named Vajrasen worldwide, all in India.
Powerful, Obscure

Vedant

Vedant denotes a person who is a “master of Hindu philosophy” and “possesses Vedic wisdom.” The Vedic texts are the most famous in the Hindu faith. Help bring this godly fame to the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: One with complete knowledge of the Vedas
  • Pronunciation: Vai-DAHNT
  • Variations: Vedanth, Vedhanth
  • Namesakes: Vedant Desai, an Indian actor, awarded the National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2011. Vedant Gokhale, an Indian-American actor, known for the films Body of Lies (2008) and Cashmere Mafia (2008).
  • Popularity: Vedant is very rare worldwide and primarily heard in India.
Spiritual, Uncommon

Veer

Veer can refer to a “courageous warrior,” which doubles down on the meaning of bravery. Veer is commonly used in India, Fiji, and Pakistan, but if you’re anywhere else on the globe, your brave little guy might be the most unique Veer around.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Brave
  • Variations: Vear, Veere
  • Namesakes: Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (known by the prefix Veer), an Indian politician, activist, and writer who developed the Hindu nationalist political ideology of Hindutva.
  • Popularity: Veer is somewhat uncommonly ranked in the top 18,000 names worldwide and used most in India.
Cute, Strong

Vihaan

Vihaan comes from a Sanskrit word that points to the actual “sunrise” or “morning light.” The dawning of a new day sounds like a wonderful idea when naming the baby boy you’ve been waiting for when he finally arrives.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Sunray, dawn
  • Pronunciation: VEE-Haan
  • Variations: Vihan, Vehan, Vehaan
  • Namesakes: Vihaan Samat, an Indian actor known for the TV series Humans of My Bed (2018) and the film Worth (2020).
  • Popularity: In 2014, 156 people were named Vihaan worldwide, mostly in India, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Traditional, Rare

Viraj

Viraj can also mean “sovereignty,” “excellence,” and “splendor.” It can even mean the “biggest in the universe,” “the sun,” “the king,” and “resplendent.” That should cover all the bases for a cool name for your sweet boy to be proud of.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: All-radiant
  • Pronunciation: VEEY-Rahjh
  • Namesakes: Viraj Adhav, an Indian Bollywood actor who is also a voice actor dubbing foreign films into Hindi. Viraj Kapoor, an Indian TV child actor who made his debut with the TV series Nadan Parinde.
  • Popularity: Viraj is uncommonly ranked in the top 20,000 names worldwide, most popular in Sri Lanka, where it ranks 116th.
Traditional, Cool

Vivaan

Vivaan comes from the Sanskrit word “vihan,” meaning “plait” (possibly connected to weaving.) It can also mean “dawn,” “first rays of the sun,” and “Lord Krishna.” Whichever meaning suits you best is the Vivaan for your little boy.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Full of life
  • Pronunciation: Vih-VAAN
  • Namesakes: Vivaan Bhimani, an Indian voice actor known for the voice-over in the animated movie Chhota Bheem and the Throne of Bali (2013). Vivaan Shah, an Indian actor who appeared in the film Saat Khoon Maaf (2011).
  • Popularity: Vivaan is very rare worldwide and only occasionally used in India, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Modern, Uncommon

Vivek

Vivek also means “judicious” in Sanskrit. It’s a short form of the Indian Vivekanand and Vivekananda. Vivek is an accessible version of a traditional Indian name your little guy will adore.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Wisdom, knowledge
  • Pronunciation: Viy-VIHK
  • Variations: Viveck, Vyveck, Vyvek
  • Namesakes: Vivek Ranadivé, an Indian-American business executive, founder of TIBCO Software. Vivek Dahiya, an Indian actor and winner of the reality TV series Nach Baliye 8 in 2017.
  • Popularity: Vivek is ranked 2,196th worldwide, used the most in India, and ranked highest at 158th in Bahrain.
Spiritual, Common

Yajnesh

Yajnesh is associated with the Hindu god Vishnu, the “preserver and protector of the universe.” Yajnesh offers pretty high praise for the little boy you love who’s hoping to rule the universe one day.

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Religious leader
  • Pronunciation: Yaejh-NEHSH
  • Variations: Yagnadhar
  • Namesakes: Cheetah Yajnesh Shetty, an Indian actor and martial artist in Bollywood and the first stuntman awarded the “US Martial Arts Hall of Fame.”
  • Popularity: In 2014, 92 people were named Yajnesh worldwide, mostly in India.
Mythological, Cool
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Yashvir

Yashvir is a strong Hindi name for boys, which also means “glorious.” You might as well add famous to the list. Yashvir is almost unheard of unless you’re in India, so its glory can belong only to your little man and all he does to make you proud.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Brave
  • Pronunciation: YAASH-veer
  • Variations: Yashveer
  • Popularity: Yashvir is extremely rare worldwide and not used much outside of India.
Strong, Traditional

Yatin

Yatin refers to “ascetic” religious practices, which include “severe self-discipline” and “abstinence” from life. Yatin is no joke when it comes to intense devotion and may set the scene for your little boy to take life seriously from the start.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Religious devotion
  • Pronunciation: YAA-Tihn
  • Variations: Yati
  • Namesakes: Yatin Karyekar, an Indian actor in Bollywood who appeared in the TV series Shanti. Yatin Patel, an Indian-American photographer whose work focuses on the marriage of Indian traditions and modern lifestyles.
  • Popularity: Yatin is uncommonly ranked in the top 28,000 names worldwide and is mostly used in Indonesia and India.
Unusual, Spiritual

Yug

Yug is a Hindi name with Gujarati and Sanskrit origins. Its cool, elusive meaning has allowed it a chance to shine in the modern world as a name. Is the baby boy you’re expecting ready to be called the Yug of his generation?

  • Origin: Hindi, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: An era, a generation
  • Variations: Yuga
  • Namesakes: Yug Jovanovic, a Yugoslav actor, and writer known for the films Jean et elle (1983) and Sept jours (1974). Yug Mahnot, an Indian actor known for the Netflix film Torbaaz (2020) and Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai (2014).
  • Popularity: Yug is quite rare worldwide and most used in India and the U.S.
Unusual, Modern

Yuvan

Yuvaan refers back to Lord Shiva, one of the three supreme gods. Shiva transforms the universe, often by destroying and re-creating it. Sometimes, your little Yuvan might make a mess, but he’ll probably clean up better than most!

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Youthful
  • Pronunciation: YOO-Vuhn
  • Variations: Yuvaan
  • Namesakes: Abdul Khaliq (born Yuvan Shankar Raja), an Indian film soundtrack composer who scores music for Tamil films. Yuvan, an Indian actor in Tamil language films who debuted in Saattai (2012).
  • Popularity: In 2014, 676 people were named Yuvan worldwide, mostly in India.
Mythological, Rare

Zayn

Zayn can also mean “swords” in Hindu and “beautiful” in Arabic, where it’s unisex. Zayn sounds cool among Hindi boy names and should find love from your little one since it encompasses the things boys love most.

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Excellent, happy
  • Variations: Zain
  • Namesakes: Zain Malik (known as Zayn), a British singer and founding member of the band One Direction, one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. Haji Zayn Attar, a 14th-century Persian physician famous as the patron of the poet Hafiz of Shiraz.
  • Popularity: Zayn is very rare worldwide and used most in Afghanistan, where it ranks 1,885th.
Modern, Cool
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Maryana Vestic

Maryana Vestic is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and food photographer with a background in entertainment Business Affairs. She studied film at NYU, Irish Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, and has an MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction from The New School. She loves cooking, baking, hiking, and horror films, as well as running a local baking business in Brooklyn with her boyfriend.
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