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
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