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Subject: Re: Question about the name Tanvi?
Author: তন্ময় ভট্টাচার্য্য   (guest, 192.12.12.240)
Date: September 22, 2011 at 12:50:51 PM
Reply to: Re: Question about the name Tanvi? by Cleveland Kent Evans
Yes, indeed. The word is a feminine form of tanu which can mean both thin, tenuous, etc. or body, self, life, etc. The root is cognate with English thin and ultimately derives from an Indo-european root which means to spread (the adjective itself has a good Indoeuropean reconstruction). The feminine form usually means thin and beautiful in Sanskrit.

Its use as a woman's name is seen in classical Sanskrit literature already.

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