Sunder

Sunder is an Indian male name, an alternate transcription of Sundar, itself a variant of Sundara meaning “beautiful, attractive, handsome” and also “noble” from Sanskrit. In Hindu mythology it’s another name for the god Krishna. Sunder is also an Indian surname originating from the given name. Sunder is also an English word meaning “to separate, divide, sever” which…

Ira

Ira (pr. eye-rah) is a Hebrew male name meaning “watchful”. In Russia and other Slavic countries, Ira (pr. ee-rah) is a female given name, a diminutive of Irina, the Slavic form of Irene, which comes from Greek Eirene meaning “peace”. In Greek mythology, Eirene is the Greek goddess of peace and the season of the spring, and is one of the Horae/Horai, goddessess of…

Hara

Hara is another name for the god Shiva in Hindu mythology, which comes from Sanskrit meaning “seizer, destroyer”. Harihara is a name used to refer to the fused state of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) Hara is also a Japanese surname written with the kanji 原 meaning “meadow, plain, field”, likely originating as a locational name, though there are likely…

Saranyu

Saranyu is the name of a Hindu goddess, one of the wives of the sun god Surya. She is a goddess of the clouds. Her name means “quick, fleet, nimble”, the feminine adjective of saraṇyú. Saranyu is also a Thai male name meaning “defender, protector, guardian” via Thai Ṣ̄rạṇyū ศรัณยู. Origin: Sanskrit, Thai Feminine forms: Saranya (Indian, Tamil, Malayalam)  

Surya

Surya is the name of a sun god in Hinduism, the son of Aditi and married to Saranyu, goddess of the clouds, and her sister Chhaya. His name means “sun”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Suriya (Tamil) Suraj (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Nepali)  

Uma

Uma is another name for Parvati, a Hindu goddess of fertility, love, devotion, and power.  The name means “flax; linseed” as well as “light; splendor; fame; tranquility; night”. It’s also possible that Uma comes from an expression, u mā “oh, don’t”, because Parvati wanted to practice self-denial in order to gain Shiva‘s attention and her mother tried to dissuade…

Vijay

Vijay is an Indian male name, a modern form of Vijaya, a unisex name meaning “victory”. In Hindu mythology, Vijaya is the name of a grandson of Indra (the Hindu god of war and the heavens) as well as another name for the goddess Durga. In the Mahabharata, Vijaya is the name of a bow belonging to the great warrior Karna, a…

Parvati

Parvati is the name of a Hindu goddess of fertility, love, devotion, and power, and the wife of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and transformation. Parvati also has been known by other names, such as Uma and Gauri, and along with Lakshmi and Saraswati, forms the Tridev, a trinity of goddesses. Parvati means “mountain” or more implicitly, “she of the mountains”,…

Shankar

Shankar is an Indian male name, the modern form of Shankara essentially meaning “maker of good fortune”, made up from Sanskrit elements sham (auspicious, beneficent, causing prosperity) and kara (doer, maker). Shankara was another name for the god Shiva. Shankar is also an Indian surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Shankara (Hinduism) Sankar (Indian, Malayalam, Bengali)  

Radha

Radha is the name of a goddess in Hindu mythology, the consort of Krishna, who represents beauty, humanity, and kindness. The name means “prosperity, success” from Sanskrit radha राधा . It’s used as a unisex name in India. Origin: Sanskrit   Variants: Radhika (Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil)