This is the name of a diety in Hinduism who is mainly associated with the wind, storm and the hunt. Rudra is believed to be the personification of terror and some schools of thought claim Rudraand Shiva are one and the same being. Rudra is an important diety in the Hindu sect known as Saivism.
The meaning of Rudra itself is debated, many sources believe it is derived from the Sanskrit root rud (to howl; to cry), other sources believe it is linked with a Sanskrit root word rud for (red) or even (shining), whilst others have connected the name with the Sanskrit रौद्र raudra (wild); the name can also be connected with the Sanskrit word for the number eleven रुद्र (rudra).
The name can have several origins and meanings. It is principally a Sanskrit name that can mean “hope; aspiration; wish; desire.” It is also the name of a concept in Zoroastrianism, roughly translating as “truth; righteousness; correct order.” It is is the name of several places across Europe, spelled Ascha, it is the name of several places in Germany. It also can coincide with the Polish diminutive form of Joanna (Asia) pronounced (AH-shah). Lastly, it is the Somalian and Swahili form of Aisha (life) and is also the Swahili word for life.
It is definitely a cross-cultural name.
It is the name of a village in Cyprus, according to legend the name derives from the Greek askia, which means “without any shade” and might refer to the fact the town has few trees. Alternately, it is also said to come from aski, which is the name of a type of alcoholic vessel and the villagers like to boast their town bears this name due to the fact they drank so much wine.
Ascha is the name of a municipality in Lower Bavaria. It is also the name of a tributary of the Schwarzach River in Bavaria. Its etymology is unknown, but is believed to derive from a Slavic source.
In the United States, Asha appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 2000 and 2003 and peaked at #882 in 2000. In the U.K. & Wales, Asha peaked at #313 in 2003.
A notable bearer is Indian actress and singer, Asha Bhosle (b.1933).
Meaning: “the earth”
The name is derived from the Sanskrit अवनी (avani) “the earth.” It is the name of a small village in India that is known for its temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess, Sita, who is sometimes also known as Avanisuta (daughter of earth) as it is believed she was found while ploughing the earth.
Its pronunciation should be simple enough for most English-speakers, but is often butchered to (uh-VAH-nee). Avani sounds somewhat like Ebony; the emphasis is on the first and last syllable with soft a sounds, in some dialects the v is silent (UH-nee).