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Subject: Re: Cross-Cultural Names
Author: তন্ময় ভট   (guest,
Date: October 22, 2006 at 8:14:55 AM
Reply to: Cross-Cultural Names by daffy4ever
Such a list would be useful to some parents: I know more than one first generation Indian origin (or separate origins) who wanted a name that would make sense to American and Indian ears, at least as approximations. After thinking through the usual series of borrowings like Rina (I would like to know if someone has reason to believe that the Indian name Rina came from the Sanskrit word for dissolved), they become more creative. For example, one named his sons Neil (The word nIla in many Indian languages means blue, and is, indeed, used as a name: blue does not have the connotation of sadness), and Nevin (Which is an approximation for navIna, meaning modern in Sanskrit, and is again used as a name).

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