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.
|Sanhitha||He who is good hearted.||Boy|
|Sanjeeva||A form of Sanjeev. It means living or reviving||Boy|
|Sanuthi||An intelligent woman or one with good brains.||Girl|
|Sasrutha||Personification of truth||Boy|
|Shalinka||He who is modest||Boy|
|Shanilka||One who is determined, a confident man||Boy|
|Sisira||He who is independent||Boy|
|Sriyani||Light, luster, radiance, splendor||Boy|
|Subaja||A fortunate victor||Girl|
|Sukeena||Leader of comfort||Girl|
|Suranga||A divine person||Unisex|
|Susanthika||An active girl||Girl|
|Suvik||One with a speedy health||Boy|
|Tharupiyum||A star like lotus||Boy|
|Theshana||Gift of god||Boy|
|Vidhusahani||A learned woman or she who finds consolation in science.||Girl|
|Vimukhti||A variant of Moksha, meaning emancipation.||Boy|
|Vinsanda||He who enjoys with his heart||Boy|
|Visvadinu||He who has won the universe.||Boy|
|Yuvani||Beautiful and youthful||Girl|