Gender Masculine & Feminine
Scripts नन्द, नन्दा(Sanskrit) ನಂದ(Kannada) நந்தா(Tamil) నందా(Telugu) ନନ୍ଦ(Odia) नन्द(Nepali) နန္ဒ(Burmese) नन्दा(Hindi) नंदा(Marathi)

Meaning & History

Means "joy" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form नन्द and the feminine form नन्दा (spelled with a long final vowel). In Hindu texts this is a name of Vishnu and the foster-father of Krishna, as well as various other characters. In Buddhist texts this is the name of both a half-brother and half-sister of Buddha. Nanda was also a 4th-century BC king who founded a dynasty in Magadha in India.

In southern India this name is more common among males, while in the north it is typically feminine, with the form Nand being masculine.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesNand(Punjabi)
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Entry updated December 7, 2022