132 Sinhala Baby Names With Meanings

Apart from the endless beaches, rolling surf, fun trains, elephants, and scrumptious cuisine, Sri Lanka is also famous for its mix of several ethnic groups, consisting mainly of Tamil, Moor, Malay, Burgher, Christians, and of course, Sinhalese. What’s even more fascinating is that all the ethnic groups have their own set of naming methods and conventions.

Sinhalese usually have two names, the first being the father’s name and the second being the given or personal name. For instance, in Muhandiramla Simon, Muhandiramla is the father’s name, and Simon is the given or personal name. Women also follow the same name structure, but adopt their husband’s name after marriage.

Apart from that, a suffix ‘GE’, which is Sinhalese for tribe or house is appended with the first name. For instance, in MuhandiramlaGE Simon, GE indicates the place of origin of the family, the head of the family, or a special characteristic of the family, which may have prevailed at that time. This prefix must be carried down by all the descendants, be it male or female.

It should also be noted that Sinhalese communities maintain a caste system, which asserts its influence on names and titles even today.

Below is MomJunction's exhaustive collection of traditional, modern, rare, and unique Sinhala baby boy and girl names with meanings.

NAMESMEANINGGENDERFAVOURITES
AchalaEarth, steady, mountainGirl
AgaraHouse, dwelling placeBoy
AjithVictorious; Invincible; Unconquerable; One who cannot be defeated by anyoneBoy
AmaAfrican - Child born On Saturday; Old Norse - EagleGirl
AmandaThe one who is made for love and respect who are active and brightGirl
AmanthiPeace protectorGirl
AneshaOld Greek - Pure, Chaste; Holy; Pious; Kind; Good; A varaition of Agnes; Celtic - Hunger; Lamb; OneGirl
AnikaGraceful young girlGirl
AnuradhaA star; name of a goddess of good fortuneGirl
AsankaFearless, one witout doubtBoy
AshaneGrace, favoured, God is gracious, God has shown favourBoy
KalaniKalani name means The HeavensUnisex
KeshiniKeshin means LionGirl
KevinKevin means He is Born as Gentle ChildBoy
ManilJewel of a Son; Gem of a Son; Precious; GemBoy
OnishaLord of the mindGirl
OshanA little warmBoy
SahanTo forgiveBoy
TavishHeavenBoy
TheshanaGift of godBoy
AchilaThe feminine form of Achilles or without lipsGirl
AjanthaHe who is creative. Also the name of a famous Buddhist cave.Boy
AmithnalA loving and wise leader.Boy
AsheniA strict natured, serious and diplomatic personGirl
AsiriBlessingsBoy
AthulaSomething that's immeasurable, incomparableBoy
AvanthiName of a historical cityGirl
AyomiMy joyGirl
BandhiniBondGirl
BandukaHe who is outstandingBoy
BhakthiDevotionGirl
BuddhikaHe who is clever and wise.Unisex
CeylonName of a placeGirl
ChamaraHe who is expressiveBoy
ChamindaAn experienced personBoy
ChampakaA flowerBoy
CharukaBeautifulGirl
ChathuraHe who is skillful, smart and geniusBoy
ChaturaFosterer of geniusBoy
ChaturiShe who is cleverGirl
ChithkalaKnowledgeGirl
ChrishanthaSocial, a sociable beingBoy
DayaniShe who is friendlyGirl
DilipaThe one who gives, accepts and protectsGirl
DiyonBrave birthBoy
DulaniCuttingGirl
DumindaThe Bo tree or Bodhi treeBoy
ErajhMorning lightBoy
EromiUnderstandingGirl
GayeshaExpressiveGirl
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