Mishika

  • Origin: Sanskrit मिषिका
  • Meaning: “spikenard; Nardostachys Jatamansi.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pron: (MEE-shee-kah)

The name comes directly from the Sanskrit word for the plant Nardostachys Jatamansi, known as “spikenard,” a plant endemic to the Himalayas.

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Nishka

  • Origin: Sanskrit निष्क
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pronunciation: NISH-kah

The name is derived from the Sanskrit निष्क (niska), which essentially means “gold coin,” “gold vessel” or “a gold pendant.” It can refer to a unit of measurement, which is the weight of gold equal to 18 or 15 Suvarṇas or karsa. It is defined in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha by Vasudeva, a compendium of Ayurverdic medicine and pharmacology.

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Dhyana, Dhyani, Dhyan

Dhyana & Dhyani are unisex (pronounced TAH-nah & TAH-nee), ultimately derived from the Sanskrit ध्यान and meaning “meditation; attention.” Both concepts are applied in Buddhism and Hinduism.

An exclusive masculine form is Dhyan.

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Ajay

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Bengali: অজয়
  • Devangari: अजय
  • Gujarati: અજય
  • Hindi/Marathi: अजय
  • Kannada: ಅಜಯ್
  • Malayalam: അജയ്
  • Tamil: அஜய்
  • Telugu: అజయ్
  • Meaning: “invincible; unconquerable.”
  • Gender: masculine
  • Pronunciation: uh-JYE

The name is from the Sanskrit a अ (not) & jaya जय (victory).

The name appeared in the British Top 500 Male Names between 1996-2011, and peaked at #300 in 2003.

Other forms Ajai and Ajit.

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Gauri

  • Origin: Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi गौरी
  • Meaning: “fair; light-skinned; white; brilliant.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pronunciation: GORE-ee

The name comes directly from the Sanskrit word meaning “fair; light-skinned; white; brilliant.” In Hinduism, this is an epithet for the goddess Parvati in her Mahagauri form.

The Kannada and Tamil form is Gowri கௌரி (Tamil) & ಗೌರಿ (Kannada).

Gauri can also be a Finnish male form of the name Gabriel.

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Anil, Anila

Anila is from the Sanskrit आनिल (wind), in Hinduism it is an epithet for the wind God, Vayu. In contemporary India, both names are unisex.

Anıl is a Turkish unisex name meaning “the memory; to be remembered,” in Turkish. Anil is also a popular Albanian & Bosnian male name, while Anila is the feminine form that is exclusively used in Albania & Bosnia.

Anıl appeared in the Top 100 Most Popular Male Names in Turkey between 1990 and 2012, peaking at #51 in 1991.

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Arhan, Arhana

Arhana is a Sanskrit female name that comes directly from the Sanskrit noun अर्हण (arhana) meaning, “honour; worship; respect.” It’s masculine form is Arhan, which is sometimes transliterated as Arhaan.

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Lakshmi, Laxmi

  • Origin: Sanskrit लक्ष्मी
  • Kannada: ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ
  • Malayalam: ലക്ഷ്മി
  • Marathi/Hindi: लक्ष्मी
  • Odia: ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀ
  • Tamil: லட்சுமி
  • Telugu: లక్ష్మి
  • Meaning: “to perceive, observe, know, understand’ and ‘goal, aim, objective.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • LUCK-shmee

The name is derived from the Sanskrit lakṣ (लक्ष्) and lakṣa (लक्ष), meaning “to perceive, observe, know, understand’ and ‘goal, aim, objective.”

It is borne in Hinduism by the supreme goddess, wife of Vishnu, who is revered as the goddess of beauty, prosperity, luxury, contentment and among other things. She is known as Sri (the Noble One) and Akshara (imperishable), among other names. She is mentioned in the Rigveda as early as approximately 1000 BCE and is also revered in Buddhism and Jainism.

The name is mainly feminine, but is sometimes used among males in honour of the goddess in the same way that Mary, Maria, Marie has been used on males among Roman Catholics in honour of the Virgin Mary.

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Lavanya

  • Origin: Sanskrit/Hindi लावण्य
  • Telugu: లావణ్యా
  • Tamil: லாவண்யா
  • Meaning: “grace; beauty; charm; loveliness.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pronunciation: (LAH-vun-yah)

The name comes directly from the Sanskrit word meaning, “grace; beauty; charm; loveliness.”

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Priti, Pritika

  • Origin: Sanskrit प्रीति
  • Assamese/Bengali: প্রীতি
  • Hindi/Marathi/Maithili/Nepali/Sanskrit: प्रीति, प्रीती
  • Gujurati: પ્રીતિ
  • Kannada: ಪ್ರೀತಿ
  • Malayalam: പ്രീതി
  • Punjabi: ਪ੍ਰੀਤੀ
  • Western Punjabi: پریتی
  • Tamil: பிரீத்தி
  • Telugu: ప్రీతి
  • Meaning: “love; joy; kindness; pleasure; favor; affection; sweetheart.”
  • Gender: feminine
  • Pronunciation: (PREE-tee; PREE-tee-kah)

The name is derived from the Sanskrit प्रीति (prīti), which means, “love; joy; kindness; pleasure; favor; affection; sweetheart.” Another form is Pritika.

It is sometimes transliterations as Preeti & Preetika.

A notable bearer is British Secretary of State for the Home Department, Priti Patel (b. 1972).

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