100 Western-Sounding Indian Names That Are Easy To Pronounce

100 Western-Sounding Indian Names That Are Easy To Pronounce

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Most people who travel for work or settle abroad might still want to retain cultural ties with their homeland and culture. This is probably why there is a growing trend among Indian NRIs to choose a baby name that sounds western yet has Indian roots. Trying to find a name that works in both cultures and languages in terms of spelling and pronunciation could be difficult.

To help you pick the right Indian name that is easy on the western tongue, we have put together a list of Indian-American names, along with their meanings.

Western Sounding Indian Girl Names

1. Aanya

The name has a Hindu origin, and means “gracious,” “indestructible,” or “limitless.” This western-sounding Indian name is also another name for Goddess Durga.

2. Aarvi

This easy-to-pronounce name comes from Sanskrit and means “peace,” or “calmness.”

3. Adhya

This means “first creator,” or “Goddess Durga” in Sanskrit. The name also means “great power,” or “unparalleled.”

4. Ahaana

This easy to pronounce western-sounding Indian name means “dawn,” “ray of light,” or “the first ray of sunlight.”

5. Alisha

The name is considered to have Sanskrit and Spanish origins. It means “protected by God” or “the noble kind.”

6. Anisa

It means “friendly,” “affable,” or “genial.” The name is the feminine form of the Arabic name Anis.

7. Anita

The name has a Sanskrit origin and means “leader,” “simple,” or “gracious.”

8. Avani

It means “good Earth,” and comes from Sanskrit. The name is also used in western countries.

9. Bela

The Sanskrit meaning of this Indian name is “creeper” or “jasmine flower.” Bela also sounds similar to a popular western name Belle, which means “beautiful” in French.

10. Bina

Bina is a variation of the Sanskrit word “vina,” the name for a musical instrument. Bina also means “far-sighted,” “melodious”, or “perceptive.”

11. Daya

It means “compassionate,” “kindness,” or “mercy” in Hindi. Daya is also a diminutive of the name western Diana, which means “heavenly,” or “divine.”

12. Dhara

It is derived from the Sanskrit word “dara,” which means “constant flow,” “one who holds,” “ Earth,” or “one who sustains.”

13. Diya

This easy-to-pronounce, western sounding name is derived from the Sanskrit word “diya,” which means “divine lamp,” or “heavenly light.”

14. Esha

It means “desire,” or “wish” in Sanskrit. The name is popular in English-speaking countries, as well.

15. Ela

This western sounding Indian name has multiple meanings, namely “the Earth,” “cardamom tree,” “moonlight,” or “merriness.”

16. Elora

The name originated from the cave temples of India. The name is similar to a Hebrew name that means “God is my light,” or “shield of victory.”

17. Gayatri

It means “singer,” “sacred verse,” or “hymn.” It also refers to “the mother of the Vedas: a Goddess.” The name comes from Sanskrit.

18. Geena

The name likely comes from Sanskrit and means “silvery” or “silver-like.” Geena is also a variant of Gina, with is diminutive of the name Regina, which means “queen” in Latin.

19. Gia

It is a common English name with Indian origin and means “beautiful,” “love,” or “God is gracious.”

20. Inaya

It comes from Urdu and Arabic, and means “care,” “affection,” “concern,” or “a gift from God.”

21. Ishani

It means “ruler,” or “a possessor” in Sanskrit. It is also another name of Goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva.

22. Jaya

It is derived from the Sanskrit word “jay” meaning “victory.” The name is also an epithet of Goddess Durga.

23. Jiya

This means “life,” “sweetheart” or “luck.” It is a fascinating Hindi name that you may choose for your little girl when abroad.

24. Kavya

It is a poetic name that comes from Sanskrit, and means “poem,” “poetess,” or “words of wisdom.”

25. Leela

It comes from the Sanskrit word “lila,” which means “divine play,” or “divine creation of God.” The name also means “joy,” “beauty,” or “grace.”

26. Leena

It means “engrossed,” “attentive,” or “absorbed” in Sanskrit. Leena is also one of the many names of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of fortune, riches, and good luck.

27. Lily

It is the name of a flower and represents a symbol of purity and perfection. The variants of the name are Lilian and Lilith.

28. Marisa

This is derived from the Latin “maris” meaning “of the sea.” The name is popular among Portuguese, and thus commonly used in parts of Western India.

29. Maya

It comes from the Sanskrit word “maya,” meaning “illusion,” or “dream.” The name is also used as an epithet for Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth. Maya is also used to refer to the various powers of Lord Vishnu.

30. Megha

It means “clouds” in Sanskrit. It is used to refer to “rain” in many other Indian languages.

31. Meena

The name comes from Sanskrit and means “precious blue stone,” or “jewel.” The name also means “fish” and likely refers to the Matsya or fish incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

32. Mira

It means “ocean,” “limit,” or “boundary in Sanskrit. Mira was also the name of Mirabai, a poet-saint who composed songs in praise of Lord Krishna.

33. Monica

It is a popular name across the word. In the Indian context, it is likely derived from the Sanskrit word “monik,” meaning “advise,” or “the wise one,” or from the Sanskrit word “maanik,” meaning “Ruby,” or “precious stone.”

34. Naina

It means “eyes” in Sanskrit. This easy-to-pronounce Indian name can be a good choice if you want your baby to hold authority and power.

35. Navya

This Indian name with a Sanskrit origin means “young” or “praiseworthy.” It also means “novel.”

36. Neha

It means “love,” or “affection” in Sanskrit. This is a small and sweet name with a deep meaning.

37. Nina

Nina means “darling,” “beautiful,” or “little girl.” It is used by people of multiple faiths.

38. Piya

It originates from the Sanskrit word “priya,’ which means “beloved” or “the close one.” It is a beautiful Indian name that is easy on the tongue.

39. Prisha

The name Prisha is of Sanskrit origin and means “God’s gift.” The name is common in several western countries, as well.

40. Reena

It comes from the Sanskrit word “reen,” meaning “melted,” “dissolved,” or “amalgamated.” The word also means “rebirth” or “gem.”

41. Riya

It is an Indian name from Sanskrit with multiple meanings, namely “gem,” “singer,” graceful,” or “rich.” The name is also used to refer to Goddess Lakshmi.

42. Salena

It likely comes from Sanskrit and means “moon.” The name is popular in several other countries and cultures.

43. Sanjana

The name comes from Sanskrit and has multiple meanings, namely “to join,” “to unite,” “to create,” or “soft and gentle.”

44. Sejal

This Indian origin name means “depth in character” or “pure river water.” It has a simple spelling with a beautiful meaning.

45. Siya

The name comes from Hindi and refers to Goddess Sita. Other meanings are “beautiful woman,” or “white moonlight.” This is one of the cutest girl names you can give to your baby born abroad.

46. Sonia

Sonia means “wise” or “golden,” and is popular in western countries as it is easy to voice.

47. Tara

It means “star” in Sanskrit and Hindi. Another meaning of the name is “pupil of the eye.” The name if often used to refer someone who is precious to the eye, thus making it an apt name for your daughter.

48. Uma

Uma means “splendor” or “tranquility” in Sanskrit and Hindi. It is also an alternative name of the Goddess Parvati, wife of Shiva.

49. Varsha

It is the Sanskrit word for “rain.” It can be an ideal name for a child born during the pleasant rainy season.

50. Veena

It is a name for a lute-like Indian musical instrument. The name is also associated with Goddess Saraswati, who is mostly portrayed carrying a veena.

Western Sounding Indian Boy Names

51. Aaditya

This means “belonging to Aditi,” and is a name for the eight Hindu gods who were the children of Goddess Aditi. It is also another name for “Sun” in Sanskrit.

52. Aran

It is a popular name used in different cultures and countries. It means “righteous,” “enlightened,” or “exalted.”

53. Arun

It comes from Sanskrit and means “reddish glow of the morning sky,” or “dawn.” It also refers to God Arun, who is the charioteer of the Sun God.

54. Arya

It is an Indo-Iranian name that means “noble” or “honorable.” The name is also used to refer to Goddess Parvati. A popular bearer of the name is the character Arya Stark from the television series, “Game of Thrones.”

55. Ashish

It is the Sanskrit word for “blessings” or “benediction.” It makes an ideal name for your precious baby boy, born abroad.

56. Ashwin

It comes from Sanskrit and means “a cavalier.” Ashwin is also the name of a month in the Hindu calendar and the name of a Hindu God.

57. Ayaan

It comes from the Sanskrit word “ayaan,” meaning “arrival.” The name also means “strong,” “unmovable,” “the right path,” or “precession.”

58. Daman

It comes from the Sanskrit word “daman,” which means “self-controlled,” “ruler,” or “conqueror.”

59. Daanish

This Indian baby boy name comes from Sanskrit and means “knowledge,” “wisdom,” “intelligence,” or “one blessed with richness.”

60. Darsh

It is a name for Lord Krishna, and means “the day of the new moon.” The name is associated with modesty, good looks, and heroic traits.

61. Darun

It means “hard” or “tough,” and is of Indian origin. This is popular among Indians, both living in India and abroad.

62. Dhruv

This is one of the popular Indian-American boy names meaning “the pole star,” “firm,” or “immovable.” It is associated with Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva, and Lord Vishnu.

63. Hari

Hari has multiple meanings, namely “green,” “light,” or “moon.” The name also refers to God Shiva, Brahma, Krishna, Indra, and Vishnu. The name is also similar to the common English name Harry.

64. Hans

It comes from the Sanskrit word “hansak,” meaning “swan.” The name is also found in other languages, like German, Hebrew, Scandinavian and Danish, where it means “God is gracious.”

65. Jagan

It means “one who is self-confident,” “universe,” or “world,” in multiple Indian languages. The name is also used to refer to Lord Vishnu.

66. Jai

It comes from Sanskrit, and means “victorious” or “conqueror.” The name is also used to refer to the Sun God.

67. Kala

It comes from Sanskrit and means “art,” “talent,” or “creativity.” The name is short and thus easy to pronounce.

68. Kamal

It means “lotus” in Hindi. It also means “rose-colored,” “pale-red,” or “perfection.” The name is also used to refer to Lord Brahma.

69. Kanan

It comes from the Sanskrit word “kanana,” which means “garden” or “forest.” The name is popular in several Indian states.

70. Kirin

It means “poet” or “orator” in Sanskrit. If you are looking for a short artistic name for your baby boy, this could be your choice.

71. Milan

Milan means “coming together,” or “union,” and is one of the popular names for boys among Indians.

72. Naveen

It means “pleasant,” “beautiful,” or “always new” in Sanskrit. One of the popular bearers of the name is Prince Naveen, a character in Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” animated film.

73. Neel

It means “blue” in Hindi. It refers to Lord Shiva and also means “passionate,” or “champion.” Neel has a similar pronunciation to the English name Neil.

74. Niam

It is an exotic name, which means “contribution of God” or “law or given by God.” It is one of the popular names in multiple countries.

75. Nikhil

It means “whole” or “entire” in Sanskrit. It is quite popular among Indians, and it is used regularly among Indian-Americans in the United States.

76. Nirav

It means “quiet” or “calm” in Sanskrit. This Indian name is easy on the western tongue, and is one of the lovely names for boys.

77. Pranav

It is the Sanskrit word for the sacred Hindu syllable “Om.” The name is also an epithet for Lord Vishnu. It is a fascinating name you may use for your loving boy child.

78. Prem

It means “love” and “affection” in Sanskrit. This is a perfect choice to symbolize your love for your son.

79. Rahul

It was the name of the son of Gautam Buddha. The name means “competent,” “efficient,” or “conqueror of all miseries.” In Buddhism, the name means “relationship” or “bond.”

80. Raj

It is diminutive of the Hindi and Sanskrit name, Rajan, which means “king” or “ruler.”

81. Rajesh

The name comes from Sanskrit and means “ruler of Kings,” “Lord of Kings,” or the “supreme ruler.”

82. Ram

The word likely originates from the Sanskrit word “ramate,” which means “calm,” “tranquil,” “heartening,” or “delightful.” Ram is also the name of a popular God in Hindu mythology.

83. Ravi

It means “Sun” in Sanskrit. The name also means “pleasing,” “satisfied,” “skilled,” or “benevolent.”

84. Rohan

This means “ascending” in Sanskrit, and has a striking resemblance to the Irish name Rowan.

85. Sahil

It means “seashore,” “beach,” “bank,” or “guide” in Hindi. It is a simple name that is easy-to-pronounce.

86. Samar

The name comes from Sanskrit and means “confluence” or “with the company of God.” This is an easy-to-pronounce Indian boy name.

87. Sameer

It is a Muslim boy name, meaning “beneficiary” or “companion for a talk” in Arabic. The Sanskrit meaning of the name is “wind” or “air.”

88. Sanjay

It means “victorious” or “triumphant” in Sanskrit. This name is quite popular among Indians settled abroad.

89. Sunil

It means “beautiful dark blue” in Sanskrit. The name refers to blue sapphire and is also an epithet of Lord Krishna.

90. Taran

It is an alternative form of the Sanskrit name, Tarun, meaning “young” or “youth.” Taran is widely found as both given name and surname among Indians.

91. Tarak

This name originates from Sanskrit and means “star” or “protector.” It is also commonly used among Indian citizens living in the U.S.

92. Tej

It comes from Sanskrit and means “light,” “radiant,” “sharp,” and “brilliant.” The name is popular across India.

93. Timir

Timir is a Hindu boy name, which comes from Sanskrit and means “dark,” or “rust-like color.”

94. Toshan

It comes from a Sanskrit word “toshana,” which means “satisfying,” “gratifying,” or “pleasing.”

95. Vedant

It is a Sanskrit name and means “the one who knows all the Vedas” or “the knower of ultimate truth.” This name is popular in several parts of India, as well as among Indians abroad.

96. Veer

It means “one who is brave” in Sanskrit, and is also another name for Lord Mahavir.

97. Vihaan

It means “morning” or “dawn,” and holds a Sanskrit origin.

98. Vinod

It means “happy,” “full of joy,” “humor,” or “pleasing” in Sanskrit. The name is simple and easy-to-pronounce.

99. Wali

It has Urdu and Arabic origin, and comes from the root word, “wasi,” which means “guardian,” “protector,” or “Lord” in Arabic. The name means “fold” or “wave” in Sanskrit. Wali is used as a first and last name.

100. Yash

It means “glory,” “fame,” “honor,” or “success” in Sanskrit. It is a popular name among non-resident Indians.

These western-sounding multicultural names are not just popular among the NRIs, but Indian residents, too, prefer them for their easy pronunciation and beautiful meanings. Most of them have a significant history that can make you feel proud of your heritage.

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