سردار m Persian, Urdu, Pashto
From a title meaning "chief, leader", derived from Persian sar
"head, authority" and dar
सारिका f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From a Sanskrit word referring to a type of thrush (species Turdus salica) or myna bird (species Gracula religiosa).
सावित्री f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "relating to the sun" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a hymn dedicated to Savitr, a Hindu sun god, and it is also the name of his daughter. It is borne by several other characters in Hindu epics, including a wife of Brahma
, a wife of Shiva
, and a daughter of Daksha. In the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' it is borne by King Satyavan's wife, who successfully pleas with Yama, the god of death, to restore her husband to life.
சீதா, சீதை f Tamil
Tamil form of SITA
. The name of the mythological figures is சீதை
, while சீதா
is the spelling used for people.
شاہد m Arabic, Urdu
Means "witness" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الشاهد (al-Shahid)
is one of the 99 names of Allah.
شاہ جہان m Urdu
Means "king of the world" from the Persian elements شاه (shah)
"king" and جهان (jahan)
"world". This was the name of the 17th-century Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal.
शक्ति f & m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "power" in Sanskrit. In Hinduism a shakti is the female counterpart of a god. The name Shakti is used in particular to refer to the female counterpart of Shiva
, also known as Parvati
among many other names.
शकुंतला, शकुन्तला f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit शकुन्त (shakunta)
meaning "bird". This is the name of a character in Hindu legend, her story adapted by Kalidasa for the 5th-century play 'Abhijnanashakuntalam'. It tells how Shakuntala, who was raised in the forest by birds, meets and marries the king Dushyanta
. After a curse is laid upon them Dushyanta loses his memory and they are separated, but eventually the curse is broken after the king sees the signet ring he gave her.
शंकर, শংকর, சங்கர், శంకర్, ശങ്കർ, ಶಂಕರ್ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Nepali
Modern transcription of SHANKARA
शशि, शशी, শশী, శశి, ಶಶಿ m & f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu
Traditional name for the moon, it literally means "having a hare" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form शशि
and the feminine form शशी
شیر m Urdu, Pashto
Means "lion" in Persian. A famous bearer of this name was Sher Shah, a 16th-century Mughal ruler.
शिव, சிவா, శివ, ശിവ, ಶಿವ m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit शिव (shiva)
meaning "benign, kind, auspicious". Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and restoration, the husband of the mother goddess Parvati
. His aspect is usually terrifying, but it can also be gentle.
श्याम, শ্যাম, சியாம், శ్యామ్, ശ്യാം, ಶ್ಯಾಮ್ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Nepali
Modern masculine form of SHYAMA
श्याम, श्यामा m & f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit श्याम (shyama)
meaning "dark, black, blue". This is a transcription of the masculine form श्याम
, which is another name of the Hindu god Krishna
, as well as the feminine form श्यामा
, one of the many names of the wife of the god Shiva
. It is also the name of a Jain goddess.
सिद्धार्थ, সিদ্ধার্থ m Sanskrit, Bengali
Means "one who has accomplished a goal", derived from Sanskrit सिद्ध (siddha)
meaning "accomplished" and अर्थ (artha)
meaning "goal". Siddhartha Gautama was the real name of Buddha.
सिद्धि f Indian, Marathi
Means "accomplishment, success, attainment" in Sanskrit, referring to spiritual or psychic powers attained through meditation or yoga.
ਸਿੰਘ m Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit सिंह (sinha)
meaning "lion". In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh gave all his male Sikh followers the surname Singh
, and it is now a very common surname or a middle name. The female equivalent is Kaur
सीता f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Nepali
Means "furrow" in Sanskrit. Sita is the name of the Hindu goddess of the harvest in the 'Rigveda'. This is also the name of the wife of Rama
(and an avatar of Lakshmi
) in the Hindu epic the 'Ramayana'. In this story Sita is rescued by her husband from the demon king Ravana.
ستارہ f Urdu
Means "star" in Urdu, ultimately from Persian.
सोना f Indian, Hindi
Means "gold" in Hindi, derived from Sanskrit सुवर्ण (suvarna)
meaning literally "good colour".
सुदर्शन, சுதர்சன், సుదర్శన్, ಸುದರ್ಶನ್ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada
Means "beautiful, good-looking" in Sanskrit, derived from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with दर्शन (darshana)
meaning "seeing, observing".
سہیل m Arabic, Urdu
Means "level, even" in Arabic. This is the Arabic name of the second brightest star in the sky, known in the western world as Canopus.
سلطان, সুলতান m & f Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Bengali
Means "ruler, king, sultan" in Arabic. In the Arab world this name is typically masculine, but Turkey it is given to both boys and girls.
सुमन, সুমন, సుమన్, ಸುಮನ್ m & f Bengali, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Nepali
Means "well-disposed, good mind", derived from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with मनस् (manas)
সুমন্ত্র m Bengali
Means "following good advice", from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with मन्त्र (mantra)
meaning "instrument of thought, prayer, advice".
सुमती f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
Means "wise, good mind", derived from Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good" and मति (mati)
meaning "mind, thought". In the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' this is the name of King Sagara's second wife, who bore him sixty thousand children.
सुनील, সুনীল, સુનીલ, ਸੁਨੀਲ, சுனில், సునీల్, സുനിൽ, ಸುನಿಲ್ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
From Sanskrit सु (su)
meaning "good, very" combined with नील (nila)
meaning "dark blue".
सुनीता f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "well conducted, wise", derived from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with नीत (nita)
meaning "conducted, led". In Hindu legend this is the name of the daughter of King Anga of Bengal.
सुनीती f Indian, Hindi
Means "good conduct" from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with नीति (niti)
meaning "guidance, moral conduct".
सुरेश, சுரேஷ், సురేష్, സുരേഷ്, ಸುರೇಶ್ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Nepali
Modern form of SURESHA
सूर्य, சூர்யா, సూర్య, സൂര്യ, ಸೂರ್ಯ m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Indonesian
Means "sun" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu god of the sun.
सुशीला, सुशीला, सुशील f & m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Means "good-tempered, well-disposed", derived from the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" combined with शील (shila)
meaning "conduct, disposition". This is a transcription of both the feminine form सुशीला
and the masculine form सुशील
. This name is borne by wives of the Hindu gods Krishna
स्वर्ण, स्वर्णा, స్వర్ణ m & f Indian, Telugu, Hindi
Means "good colour" or "golden", a contraction of the Sanskrit prefix सु (su)
meaning "good" and वर्ण (varna)
meaning "colour". This is a transcription of both the masculine form स्वर्ण
and the feminine form स्वर्णा
स्वाति, स्वाती f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From the Indian name of the third brightest star in the night sky, called Arcturus in the western world.
तारा f Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Nepali
Means "star" in Sanskrit. Tara is the name of a Hindu astral goddess, the wife of Brhaspati. She was abducted by Soma, a god of the moon, leading to a great war that was only ended when Brahma
intervened and released her. This is also the name of a Buddhist deity (a female Buddha).
उमा, உமா, ఉమా, ഉമാ, ಉಮಾ f Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi
Means "flax" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati
. In Hindu texts it is said to derive from the Sanskrit exclamation उ मा (u ma)
meaning "O (child), do not (practice austerities)!" which was addressed to Parvati by her mother.
उषा, உஷா, ఉష, ఉషా, ഉഷ, ഉഷാ, ಉಷಾ f Hinduism, Indian, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali
Variant of USHAS
उत्तर, उत्तरा, उत्तरा m & f Hinduism, Indian, Marathi
Means "north" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form उत्तर
(also written Uttar
) and the feminine form उत्तरा
(also written Uttarā
), both of which occur in the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' belonging to the son and daughter of King Virata.
वसु, வாசு, వాసు, വാസു, ವಾಸು m Hinduism, Indian, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi
Means "bright, excellent" in Sanskrit. This is an epithet of several Hindu gods. It also belonged to one of the authors of the Rigveda.
वसुधा f Indian, Hindi
Means "producer of wealth" in Sanskrit, used to refer to the earth.
विद्या, வித்யா, విద్యా, ವಿದ್ಯಾ f Hinduism, Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil
Means "knowledge, science, learning" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Saraswati
विजय, ਵਿਜੇ, விஜய், విజయ్, വിജയ്, ವಿಜಯ್ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi
Modern masculine form of VIJAYA
विजया, विजय, विजया, விஜய, விஜயா, విజయ, വിജയ, ವಿಜಯ m & f Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi
Means "victory" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form विजय
and the feminine form विजया
, both of which are used frequently in Hindu texts. It is the name of a grandson of Indra
, a son of Krishna
and it is another name of the goddess Durga
. This was also the name of a semi-legendary 6th-century BC king of Sri Lanka.
विक्रम, વિક્રમ, விக்ரம், విక్రమ్, ವಿಕ್ರಮ್ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada
Modern form of VIKRAMA
विनय, வினய், വിനയ്, ವಿನಯ್ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil
Means "leading, guidance, modesty" in Sanskrit.
विशाल, বিশাল, વિશાલ, ਵਿਸ਼ਾਲ, விஷால், విశాల్, ವಿಶಾಲ್ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali
Means "wide, broad, spacious" in Sanskrit.
विष्णु, விஷ்ணு, విష్ణు, വിഷ്ണു, ವಿಷ್ಣು m Hinduism, Indian, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Marathi
Probably means "all-pervasive" in Sanskrit. The Hindu god Vishnu is the protector and preserver of the universe, usually depicted as four-armed and blue-skinned. By some Hindus he is regarded as the supreme god.
विवेक, বিবেক, વિવેક, விவேக், వివేక్, വിവേക്, ವಿವೇಕ್ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali
Means "wisdom, distinction, discrimination" in Sanskrit.
யமுனா, యమున f Tamil, Indian, Telugu
From the name of an Indian river, which is possibly derived from the name of the goddess YAMI
यश, યશ, ਯਸ਼, ಯಶ್ m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Kannada
Derived from Sanskrit यशस् (yashas)
meaning "fame, praise, glory".
یاسین m Arabic, Persian, Urdu
From the Arabic letters ي
) and س
). These letters begin the 36th chapter of the Qur'an (surah Ya Sin).
یاسر m Arabic, Urdu
Means "to be rich", derived from Arabic يسر (yasira)
"to become easy". This was the name of an early Islamic martyr. It was also borne by Yasir Arafat (1929-2004), a leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization.