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Sanskrit Baby Names


The Sanskrit baby names are fast becoming the favorite choice for many parents. It is probably due to the distinct romantic meaning, unique sound, and magical connotation of the baby names. Also, the Hindu religion and Yoga are increasing in popularity.

Sanskrit is an Indo-European language which is the basis for many languages in India. The language is one of the 23 official languages of India. Sanskrit can be seen in ancient literature which includes poetry, drama, religious texts, science, and philosophy. The hymns and mantras wildly use Sanskrit as well.

The yoga masters see the importance to teach yoga poses with the respective Sanskrit names. Teaching the language, they stir the curiosity, inspiration, and interest in yoga. For thousands of years, the Sanskrit was an oral language. It is evident in the spiritual chants and mantras of yoga.

The Sanskrit or Indian baby names convey nature, feelings, and love. For example, Muskan means smile, Khoobsoorat means beautiful, and Khushoo means beautiful smell.

The Hindu baby names have the tendency to be Sanskrit. For example, Krishna (black or dark), Ajit (Invincible), Shiva (benign, kind, or auspicious), and Indra (possessing drops of rain) are Hindu male baby names. Laksmi (sign or mark), and Sita (furrow) are Hindu female baby names.

Krishna, Shiva, and Indra are the names of Hindu gods. Krishna is a Hindu god who is incarnated from god Vishnu. And, Shiva who is the husband of the mother goddess of Parvati is the Hindu god of destruction and restoration. Finally, Indra is a Hindu warrior god of the sky and rain.

Laksmi and Sita are the names of Hindu goddesses. Laksmi is a Hindu goddess of prosperity, good luck, and beauty, while Sita is the Hindu goddess of harvests.

The Sikh baby names have the tendency lean to be Sanskrit too. The name is divided into first and second part. The first part contains har, bal, and man, while the second part contains inder, deep, and pal. For example, Harinder (Hindu god Hari and Hindu god Indra), and Mandeep (lamp of the mind) are Sikh baby names.

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Indian Baby Names


Basically, the Indian baby names are based on religion and caste. There are wide variety of language and religion in India. As a matter of fact, most religion has a huge following in India like Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Hindus.

Many Indians believes in birth name. Now, the birth name is totally different from the given or first name. Using horoscope, they can determine an auspicious number. The number is use to help find the best birth name. The given or first name is the official names. It is the name that is use to call someone. In a legal and official document, it is mandatory to use the given or first name.

The caste system is made popular thru Hinduism. The caste system tells the hereditary classes in Hindu society, social stratification, and prestige. The Indians from upper caste uses the village names, occupations, honorifics, title, and clan as the last name. The sub caste last names are the descriptions or characteristics of the sub caste.

Parts of the last name are the caste or sub caste. For example, Iyer, Iyengar, Gounder, Nair, Naidu, Reddy, Gouda, and Shetty are several last names with caste or sub caste. The caste can tell the occupation. For example, the Gandhi is a caste which sells perfumes. Mohandas Gandhi is from the caste of Gandhi. The concept is similar to Gardiner (takes care of the garden), and Sawyer (saws wood) in English baby names.

The Sikhs has adapted the Singh. It means lion. Most of the time, the Singh is use as a suffix for male. For example, Veejay Singh (golf master) and Dr Manmohan Singh (Prime Minister) uses the Singh. The female counterpart of Singh is Kaur which means princess or lioness. However, Singh is not a caste name. In Sikhs, there is no caste.

On the hand, the Hindus have caste. The castes on the last name are often Jain, Thakurs, and Rajputs.

The Kar on the name tells the origin of the baby name. For example, Gavaskar (town of Gavas), Tendulkar (town of Tendol), and Pawaskar (town of Pawas) tells the town of origin.

The Wala on the Indian baby names tells the type of profession or merchant. For example, Screwala holds the screw, and Cyclewala sells the cycle.

The social ranks on the Indian baby names are common practice as well. For example, Talukdar means the landholder, Tehsildar means the revenue administrative officer, and Tarafdar means the land manager.

In the past, the locals of South India use only first name which is village name, family name, or both. Rarely, you will see middle name, family name, or initials. In fact, the Telugu locals use the hometown or profession as the first name. However, the Tamil Nadu and Kerala locals use the first name of the father as the second name. For example, Ajith Krisma means Ajith son of Krisma. Suppose Ajith produce a son, the Indian baby name is Minesh Ajith. It means Minesh song of Ajith. The wife usually gets the name of the husband. For example, Jilana Krisma is the original name which means Jilana daughter of Krisma. She married Rajesh. The name of wife becomes Jilana Rajesh which means Jilana wife of Rajesh.

The initials on the last name are use for the same baby name. So, someone can tell the difference from another name. For example, Ajith Rajesh looks like R. Ajith, and Ajith Santhum looks like S. Ajith. The initials always start before the first name. For many westerners, they easily makes mistake on expanding the name. For example, S. Ajith may expand as Santhum Ajith. That is wrong, because Santhum becomes the first name.

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French Baby Names


To learn the French names, we need to understand the history and language of France. As you all know, France is one of the great ancient civilization. Now, France is united with one language.

French is another Romance Language which descended from Latin and Roman Empire. The language started from France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Today, the language is spoken in forty one countries as a mother tongue or alternative language. That makes French the second most spoken language in the world.

Even though the language descended from Latin, French and Latin are much different from today. That is due to the Germanic Roman Frankish invasion. The German language has more influence than Latin language now.

The hyphenated French name is common practice to name a baby. For example, Paul-Henri, Jean-Claude, and Adrianne-Yvonne are popular. The names are treated as one. When you call Jean-Claude, you need to mention Jean and Claude.

Naming with hyphenated, they can use boy name and girl name, or vice versa. For example, Jean-Andrienee is name of a baby boy in which Jean is a male baby name and Andrienee is female baby name.

To turn a male baby names to female baby names, they simply add the letter e at the end. For example, Adrianne is a female version of Adrian, and Marcelle is a female version of Marcel.

At the beginning, the French only have one given name. At the 11th century, they started adding surnames. By the way, the word surname is from the French word “surnom”. It means above or over name.

The surname can tell the name of father or mother. In the old days, they add the word “de” between the first name and last name. For example, Paul de Gaulle means Paul son of Gaulle. Today, it is understood with or without the word “de”. For example, Paul Gaulle means the same as Paul de Gaulle.

The surname can tell about the occupation. For example, Paul Soldat means Paul the soldier, and Paul Boulanger means Paul the baker.

The surname can describe the person as whole. For example, Henri Petit means Henri the small, Henri Beau means Henri the handsome, and Yvonne Fute means Yvonne the smart.

The surname can tell specific location, town, villages, or city. For example, Veronique Marseille means Veronique from the town of Marseille, Veronique Abbeville means Veronique from the town of Abbeville, and Paul Leglise means Paul beside the church. French adds eau, elet, elin, elle, and elot at the end of the name to denote “little son of”. For example, Henriette means little son of Henri, and Lancelot means little son of Lance. French also adds de, des, du, and le at the start of the name to denote “of”.

The name is an important identification in the old days. In the old days, you need to ask the king for permission to change the name.

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Hispanic Baby Names


From the Hispanic baby names, you can tell the meaning, origin, history, and culture of ancient times of Spain. With the knowledge of the history of the baby names, you can trace the family tree and ancestors. Knowing the family tree and ancestors, you get the clue on the history and culture of Spain.

The term Hispanic is from Latin Hispanicus which means from Hispania Iberian Peninsula of Spain. Now, the Hispanic pertains to a person from Latin America or Spanish from United States of America.

Originally, the Hispanic baby names originate the Latin dialect of the three northern part of Spain. The dialect spread to the Kingdom of Castille. Later, the dialect became the official language of Spain called Spanish. Eventually, the Spanish language spread to Americas around five centuries ago.

The Spanish is a romantic language. Spoken in many countries by millions, the language is the most romantic language. It is also one of the six official language on United Nations, second most spoken language of United States, and fifth most spoken language of the world.

At the beginning, they are only given one name which is the first name. The first name is to identify or distinguish from person to another. The population grew steadily. They come up of baby name that tells the physical, parent name, occupation, place, military, religion, and nationality characteristics.

The name can physically describe the person. For example, thin, fat, big, fair complexion, white complexion, or dark complexion tells the characteristics the person. Simply add the word after the first name. For example, Roberto Gordo (Roberto the fat), Roberto Delgado (Roberto the thin), Roberto Grande (Roberto the big), Roberto Rubio (Roberto the blonde), Roberto Moreno (Roberto the fair complexion), Roberto Blanco (Robert the white complexion), and Roberto Negron (Roberto the dark complexion) physically describe the characteristics of Roberto.

The name can also tell the name of the parent like Roberto Son of Alvaro. However, the Spaniards developed a short version by adding ez, az, is, or oz at the end. For example, Roberto Rodriguez means Roberto son of Rodrigo, Roberto Alvarez means Roberto son of Alvaro, Roberto Mendez means Roberto son of Mendo, and Roberto Gonzalez means Roberto son of Gonzalo.

The name can also tell the occupation of the person like Panadero (baker), Cocinero (chef), Torrero (bull fighter), Atalaya (guard tower), and Escudero (squire). For example, Roberto Panadero means Roberto the baker, and Roberto Cocinero means Roberto the chef.

The origin of baby name is also a popular practice. The word de means “from”, while the word del or del las means “from the”. For example, Roberto de Lugo means Roberto who lives from the town of Lugo, Roberto Del Monte means Roberto who is from the mountain, and Roberto de las Castillo means Roberto who is from the Castle.

In ancient times, the military has major role on the history and culture of Spain. Naturally, there are many Hispanic or Spanish baby names that came from the military. For example, Rico means strong ruler, Garcia means brave in battle, Sargento means sergeant, and Teniente means lieutenant.

The Roman Catholic has great influence over Spain. In fact, Spain brought the religion to many countries. So, there are many names with Roman Catholic origin. For example, Rosario means rosary, Santos means saints, and Salvador means savior.

Lastly, the name can tell the nationality of the person. For example, Catalano is from Catalan, Franco is from France, and Aleman is from Germany.

In Hispanic culture, the wife gets to keep her maiden name. In this case, the word de implies “wife of”. For example, Maria de Gonzalez Alvarez means Maria Gonzalez is wife of Alvarez. Another Hispanic culture, a person is usually given two surnames (name of father and mother). Sometimes, the two surname is separated by “y” which means “and”. For example, Maria Gonzalez y Alvarez means daughter of Gonzalez and Alvarez. Finally, the name can also tell the character like Alvaro (truth speaker), Felicidad (happiness), and Alberto (bright).

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