Tara

Tara comes from an anglicized form of Irish Teamhair meaning “high place” or “high hill” from temair. The name comes from a place in Ireland called the Hill of Tara which according to tradition was the seat of the high kings of Ireland. Although more commonly used as a female name, it’s also had use as a…

Lalita

Lalita is an Indian female name meaning “playful, charming, desirable”. In Hindu mythology, Lalita is the playmate of a young Krishna. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Lalitha (Malayalam, Tamil, Indian, Telugu)   Male forms: Lalit (Indian, Hindi, Marathi)   Lalita ( ललिता )

Soma

Soma is a Hungarian male name meaning “dogwood, cornel tree” from Hungarian som. Soma is also the name of a plant (and a Hindu god) from which an intoxicating drink is made for an ancient Vedic ritual. Soma is also the name of a Rigvedic god who somehow became merged or equated with the Hindu god Chandra…

Indra

Indra is the name of a Hindu god of war and the heavens, bringer of rain and wielding thunderbolts, and the king of the gods. Although the etymology behind the name is uncertain, I’ve seen many sites claim it as “possessing drops of rain” composed from Sanskrit indu (drop; juice, Soma) and ra (acquiring, possessing), a meaning which…

Tamas

Tamas is the anglicized form of Tamás (pr. taw-mash), the Hungarian form of Thomas, the Greek form of Aramaic name Ta’oma meaning “twin”. Tamas is also a philosophical concept in Hindu philosophy which derives from Sanskrit meaning “darkness” which comes from a PIE root word *temH- (dark). It is one of the three gunas (translated as “quality”, it refers to three principles or tendencies that are everywhere…

Padma

Padma is an Indian unisex name (though more common for girls) which means “lotus” in Sanskrit. It was one of the names of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi and her husband Vishnu and symbolizes purity and divine beauty while its expanding petals signal spiritual growth. It’s also the name of a river in Bangladesh. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Padmini…

Chandra

Chandra is an Indian unisex name derived from Sanskirt chand ( चन्द ) meaning “moon” and also meaning “to shine, glow”. It derives from Proto-Indo-European root word (s)kand- or *kand- (to shine). In Hindu mythology, Chandra is the Hindu god of the moon. He is depicted as young and beautiful, a two armed god with a club and a lotus, who…

Kali

Kali is the name of a Hindu goddess associated with death and destruction and the consort of Shiva. The name derives from Sanskrit meaning “black, dark-colored”, which also comes from the same root word as kali, which is kala meaning “time, era, age, epoch”; kali is the feminine form of kala. Kali iss also being the name of a (male) demon whose name…

Harisha

Harisha is an Indian male name meaning “lord of monkeys” made up from Sanskrit elements hari and isha (lord). In Sanskrit hari means “tawny, yellow, brown, green” which extends to animals of the same coloring such as a lion, horse, or monkey. It derives from a Proto-Indo-European source, *ǵʰelh₃- (to shine; to flourish; green, yellow). In Hindu mythology, Hari is another name for the gods Vishnu and Krishna….