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Subject: Re: -Ayden name statistics for 2010
Author: তন্ময় ভট্টাচার্য্য   (guest, 63.231.118.142)
Date: May 15, 2012 at 8:21:39 PM
Reply to: Re: -Ayden name statistics for 2010 by clevelandkentevans
Yes, Madan is a male name used in India. It is of Sanskrit origin, and it is not pronounced like Maiden in India. In Hindi, both the vowels are short mid-central unrounded (schwa, in other words) like the vowel in English nut. Other languages will pronounce them slightly differently: in Bengali, for example both vowels are back, the first -a- being mid-open (like the English dog in some pronunciations), the second mid-close (like a short version of English cold). The Sanskrit pronunciation was like the Hindi one, except it was trisyllablic: madana. The original stress was on the first syllable, though classical Sanskrit and modern North Indian languages do not have word-level stress.

The word derives from mad, to get drunk/be glad (etymologically related to Latin madere), and means passion. It was the name of the god of love and is attested as a male name (or first part of a name) in classical Sanskrit literature.

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