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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.
Infographic: Authentic Malayalam Baby Names With Great Meanings
Modern Malayalam names reflect various nuances of the language. Malayalam baby names also signify good attributes or refer to a god or goddess. They all have a distinct phonetic feel, which makes them popular. Go through some good Malayali names in this infographic.
1. Is it appropriate to choose a traditional Malayalam name for my child if me and my spouse do not have a Malayalam cultural background or heritage?
Choosing a traditional Malayalam name for the baby even if the parents do not have the same culture or background is a personal choice. Choosing a Malayam name for the baby will also depend on the parents interest and respect they have for that culture and heritage. It is always a good idea to choose the name with utmost respect, appreciation and understanding of its meaning and culture.
2. How do Malayalam names differ from names used in other regions of India?
Malayalam names are specific to Kerala, a state in South India. The names are derived from the Malayalam language, they have different phonetics, religious and cultural differences and are also based on the caste and community. These factors add up to make Malayalam names different from the rest of the names in India (1).
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Shikha is a writer-turned-editor at MomJunction, with over seven years of experience in the field of content. Having done a certification in Relationship Coaching, her core interest lies in writing articles that guide couples through their courtship to marriage and parenthood. She also specializes in baby names. A postgraduate in Human Resources from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, she likes understanding...more