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.

NAMESMEANINGGENDER
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
GeethanHe who gains honor through songs.Boy
HarshaniJoy or delightGirl
HetuwaAn old Sri-Lankan name with lost meaningBoy
HinniGod strengthensGirl
IneshKing of the kingsBoy
InsithA leader's heart.Boy
IrangaExpressiveBoy
IsuriShe who is lucky or fortunateGirl
JeewanaLife or giving lifeBoy
KalathmaShe who possesses Great ArtsGirl
KavithPoetBoy
KiyomaA good motherGirl
KosalaThe name means LionBoy
KoviderWisdomBoy
LakminiIndependentGirl
LakshaniShe who is nice with everyone.Girl
LakshithaShe who is distinguished.Girl
LashithA Sri Lankan name with no specific meaningBoy
LiyoniThe origin of writing.Girl
LochaniOne with bright eyes.Girl
MandariThe coral treeGirl
ManuraGood for mankindBoy
MewanOne with a good personality, supermodel material.Boy
MinradaShe who gives wisdom and loveGirl
MuralidharanThe bearer of the flute.Boy
NadeekaCreativeGirl
NadeshaShe who was born of a river.Girl
NatharieBrilliant wisdom, one who is brilliant or wiseGirl
NayanadiniA woman with attractive eyes.Girl
NayanathulaA woman with a good sightGirl
NejaSuccess in Law.Girl
NelithPersonification of law.Boy
NethakaHe who has the ability for legal argument.Boy
NevindieShe who enjoys law or abides by law.Girl
NevinkaShe who enjoys lawGirl
NihinsaOne who is innocentGirl
NilminiAn ambitious woman.Girl
NilukshiA self-expressive woman.Girl
NimalaShe who is creative.Girl
NimaliAn independent woman.Girl
NimthakiOne who is logical and sane.Girl
NipuniAn intelligent womanGirl
NishanthaA variant of Nishant, meaning night's end or dawn.Boy
NuveenaSpecial and wise leader.Girl
PamuChiefBoy
PediyaA person who is the strong and powerful individualBoy
PiraichudanA person who loves horsesBoy
RanganiShe who has an excellent dancing skill.Girl
RanpaleeA noble leaderGirl
RanugaHe who journeys with gold.Boy
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