What Are Some Common Hindi Name Meanings?


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Some common Hindi names for girls are Tara, Shaniya, Riya, Aditi and Saniya; common names for boys are Devan and Arnav, while the name Aditya is common for both boys and girls. The name Tara originates from Sanskrit meaning "a star." It is the name of the wife of Brhaspati, who is a Hindu astral goddess.

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A popular name given to a boy, Devan means "the younger brother" in Sanskrit, while the feminine name Shaniya means "whetted" or "sharpened" and Riya means "singer." Anika is the name of the goddess Durga, and it means "sweet faced," "brilliant" or "graceful." Adity means "the sun," but it also stands for the children of the Aditi, the ancient mother goddess of the sky, which means "freedom," "security," "boundless" and "entire." Arnav means an "ocean," "wave," "sea" or "stream," and it originated from the Sanskrit word Arnava.

Aditya, when used in its singular form, stands for the Surya, the sun god; however, there are 12 Adityas or sun gods that are listed in the "Bhagavata Purana." These are Varuna, Mitra, Aryama, Bhaga, Amshuman, Dhata, Indra, Parjanya, Tvashtha, Pushya, Vivasvan and Vishnu, who is the head of all the Adityas. On the other hand, the "Rigveda" lists seven Adityas instead of 12.

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