156 Malayalam Baby Names With Meanings

Malayalam, a language with primordial sounds, displays a remarkable diversity through the variations in its vocabulary, distribution of phonological and grammatical elements, and intonation patterns. The names derived from a language as sonorous as Malayali has a wealth of meanings.

Malayali people follow a definite structure of baby name conventions. Unlike names in other parts of India, the first name is not the given name but the family name, followed by the father’s name, and then the given name. And in the British Malabar, the format is a family name, then the given name, followed by the caste and title name, that too, if applicable. The Malayali family names are mostly of obscure origin, but some may have geographical influences. A few Keralites or Malayalis also add the prefix of villages they come from or their mother’s names.

Another naming trend observed with the Malayalis is that they take the first two letters from the names of the parents and coin a unique name for their child.

Keeping the popularity of this genre in mind, MomJunction has compiled an exhaustive list of Malayali baby names with meanings. These names are sure to connect your kids to their roots.

AamiOne who is dearly lovedGirl
AbhisarikaaThe beloved one.Girl
AcxaWoman with unparalleled beautyGirl
DhanvineA name of Lord Rama. It means charity doer.Boy
DhanyaThankful or luckyGirl
DhanyataSuccess or fulfilmentGirl
DhavalThe fair one, a fair childBoy
DheemanAn intelligent man.Boy
IdhantBright and luminousBoy
IjayA name of Lord VishnuBoy
IkshuA Malayali word for sugarcane.Boy
IndeevarA blue lotusBoy
IndrakshiThe one with beautiful eyesGirl
IndukalaThe moonlightGirl
IndumaMalayali term for moon.Girl
IndumukhiA woman with a moon like face.Girl
IpsitDesired, the desirable oneBoy
IravanThe king of ocean.Boy
JiniA Malayalam variation of Jenny.Girl
NairThe leader or the soldierBoy
PranalA waterway, estuary, creekBoy
PrayaagThree secred river's confluence: Ganga-Jamuna-SaraswatiBoy
PujyaA person who is worthy of respect and worshipGirl
RemanOne calming and beautiful as a SongGirl
ReneekaA woman who is like a songGirl
ShardoolA man brave as a lion, lionBoy
ShreeyaA name of Goddess Lakshmi. It means lucky.Girl
ShrejalA beautiful name, meaning best, first or foremost.Girl
ShrenaA name of Goddess Lakshmi.Girl
TejaBright and radiant.Girl
ThakshakName of a cobraBoy
UdayaThe feminine version of Uday, meaning dawn.Girl
UdbhavCreation or to arise from.Boy
UdvitaA river filled with lotus flowers.Girl
UjasBright or shining.Girl
UjhalaLight or brightGirl
UjjayiniUjjayini is the name of an ancient city. It means rising.Girl
UjjwalaBright or lustrous. A woman with a bright personality.Girl
UlhasDelight or joy.Boy
UlkaUlka is a traditional Malayalam name, meaning meteorite.Girl
UmaUma is one of the names of Goddess Parvati. It means splendor or tranquility.Girl
UmakantA name of Lord Shiva. It means husband of Uma.Boy
UpamaComparison or commonplaceGirl
UpanshuChanting the hymns or mantras in a low toneBoy
UpendraA name of Lord Vishnu. It means an element.Boy
UrjaOne with high levels of energyGirl
UrmiWave of the sea.Girl
UrvasiThe most beautiful of all the apsaras or angels.Girl
UshakiranRays of the morning sun.Girl
UshapatiHusband of dawn or sunBoy
UtpalBeginning, or a water lilyBoy
UtpaliniA lotus pond.Girl
UttamThe best from the rest.Boy
UttaraA star, or north direction.Girl
VachanSpeech or promiseBoy
VachaspatiLord of speechBoy
VadishLord of the bodyBoy
VagindraLord of speechBoy
VagishVagish is a name of Lord Brahma. It means God of speech.Boy
VaidyanaathMaster of medicinesBoy
VajraDiamond, a precious gemstone.Girl
VallariName of Goddess SitaGirl
VallikaMalayali for creeper.Girl
VaniA name of Goddess Saraswati. It means 'eloquent in words'.Girl
VanitaA lady or womanGirl
VanmalaA garland of wildflower.Girl
VaruniName of a Hindu goddess. It means infinite.Girl
VasumatiAn angel or apsara of unequalled beauty.Girl
VatsalAn affectionate person.Boy
VatsalaA loving and caring woman.Girl
VeydantThe sum of the VedasBoy
ViamrshA name of Lord Shiva.Boy
VibhaakarThe moonBoy
VidhutA Malayali term for electricity.Girl
VidulaA Malayali term for moon.Girl
VijayaVictory or victorious.Girl
VijayalakshmiThe goddess of victory.Girl
VinantiVinanti means doing prayer or request.Girl
VinataVinata is the name of Garuda's mother. It means humble.Girl
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