Top 10 Ancient Indian Names For Baby Boys And Girls

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Naming your baby is one of the trickiest tasks because you have plenty of names to choose from. Every parent wants to give their baby the best name that resonates with their beliefs and passion. Most ancient Indian names originate from the two great epics- the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. These two epics feature innumerable characters, including the popular Hindu Gods, sages, warriors, and others.

Ancient names are mainly derived from Sanskrit and are rich in meaning. Apart from these, there are the Puranas and Upanishads. Indian history begins with the Indus Valley Civilization and the arrival of the Aryans. These phases are considered as the pre-Vedic and Vedic periods.

In this post, we share an extensive list of ancient Indian names with meanings that you can choose for your little one. These names are divided into boys and girls for your convenience.

Ancient Indian Baby Boy Names:

1. Agastya:

Agastya was a great sage in ancient times. He was born of Gods Mitra and Varuna His wife Lopamudra was also a great sage in her right.

2. Andhaka:

Andhaka was the demon of son of Shiva. He was created from a drop of his sweat. Andhaka was born blind. After his birth, he was given to Hirayanksha to be raised, as he had no sons. Later, Andhaka went on to become the King of Hiranyaksha’s Kingdom.

3. Sagara:

Sagara was one of the greatest kings of the Suryavansha in the Satya Yuga Empire. He was the king of Ayodhya and the ancestor of King Dasharatha. King Sagar had two wives, Sumanto and Keshini. Asamanja, the famous ruler, was born from his wife, Keshini.

4. Mahendra:

Mahendra was a king who is said to have attained heaven. Mahendra is also the name of the mountain where Hanuman rushed to find Sita. Hanuman frightened every beast that lived in the caves and woods of Mount Mahendra by shaking it.

5. Rishyasringa:

Rishyasringa was the son of Vibhandaka, a renowned sage in ancient India. Rishyasringa had grown up seeing no mortal except his father. He was later invited by the King of Anga to bring rain in his famine struck empire.

Ancient Indian Baby Girl Names:

6. Anusuya:

Anusuya was the wife of Atri, the sage and the mother of Dattatreya. Dattatreya is considered by Hindus to the incarnation of the divine Gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh.

7. Satyavati:

Satyavati was a fisherman’s daughter who possessed divine beauty and an extremely sweet fragrance. King Santanu, Bhsihma’s father, became enamored of her because of her beauty and later made her his queen.

8. Maya:

Maya is the physical and mental reality in which our consciousness becomes entangled. The name originated in the Upanishads, one of the Hindu scriptures. It is also believed to be an illusion or the veiling of the true.

9. Yashodha:

Yashodha was the wife of Nanda and the foster mother of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna was given to her by Vasudeva, Krishna’s father. Yashodha is also the mother of Balarama and Subhadra.

10. Narmada:

Narmada is the name of a sacred river in India. The river originates from Amarkantak. Narmada River is believed to have been descended from the sky by the order of Lord Shiva. The river represents the daughter of a Rishi named Mekala, the daughter of the moon, the sister of the Nagas and the “mind daughter’ of the Somapas.

Ancient Indian names have a regal, conventional, yet classic touch. These names are mostly derived from ancient Indian stories and epics. In this compilation, we have provided some of these names and also given you a gist of their profound meanings. If you love the depth and influence of Indian history, these names could be your preference. Be it sage names such as Agastya, royal names such as Mahendra, or mesmerizing names such as Maya, these are just a few out of the numerous ancient Indian baby names. So go ahead and select the most preferred name for your little one.

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Arshi Ahmed

Arshi Ahmed did her graduation from Shri Shikshayatan College, Kolkata, and post graduation in English from Lovely Professional University. She specializes in writing baby names articles as she loves to help new parents find a name for their child. Arshi understands how important it is for a parent to find the right name because the name gives the baby an... more