GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Hinduism
OTHER SCRIPTS: शंकर, शङ्कर (Sanskrit)

Meaning & History

Derived from the Sanskrit elements शम् (sham) meaning "auspicious, lucky" and कर (kara) meaning "maker". This is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. This was also the name of a 9th-century Indian religious philosopher also known as Shankaracharya.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Sankar, Shankar (Bengali), Shankar (Hindi), Shankar (Kannada), Sankar, Shankar (Malayalam), Shankar (Marathi), Shankar (Nepali), Shankar (Tamil), Shankar (Telugu)
Entry updated December 8, 2017