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
SandunSandalwoodBoy
SanhithaHe who is good hearted.Boy
SanjeevaA form of Sanjeev. It means living or revivingBoy
SansukaGood comfortBoy
SanuthiAn intelligent woman or one with good brains.Girl
SasruthaPersonification of truthBoy
ShalinkaHe who is modestBoy
ShanilkaOne who is determined, a confident manBoy
ShehaniMagicGirl
SisiraHe who is independentBoy
SitharaStarGirl
SriyaniLight, luster, radiance, splendorBoy
SubajaA fortunate victorGirl
SukeenaLeader of comfortGirl
SurangaA divine personUnisex
SusanthikaAn active girlGirl
SuvikOne with a speedy healthBoy
TavishHeavenBoy
TharinduMoonBoy
TharupiyumA star like lotusBoy
ThehanThreefold honorsBoy
TheshanaGift of godBoy
ThiranaPermanent honorBoy
TourmalineColored crystalsGirl
VidhusahaniA learned woman or she who finds consolation in science.Girl
ViduLearnedBoy
VimukhtiA variant of Moksha, meaning emancipation.Boy
VinoWineGirl
VinsandaHe who enjoys with his heartBoy
VisvadinuHe who has won the universe.Boy
YuvaniBeautiful and youthfulGirl
ZevWolfBoy
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