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Shiva is a cool name for a boy and it has a nice meaning. I don't see it as feminine...
someone-  5/22/2020
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It's a very common masculine name, the 'a' at the end either isn't pronounced or is pronounced as a schwa. It's a single syllable name for all intents and purposes. There is a (rare) feminine variant of the name, but it would be written as either "Shivaa" or "Shivah", or very uncommonly as "Shiva", but it would be pronounced differently (two syllables).
― Anonymous User  5/18/2013
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Shiva is also a Persian feminine name, meaning "eloquent".
― Anonymous User  8/29/2012
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I have a male classmate by the name of Shiva. He is some sort of Southeast Asian/Middle Eastern, so the name is fitting. Although, we did once have a substitute who, when calling attendance, thought he was a girl. He pronounces it "SHEE-vuh".
DaphneSusan  10/21/2010
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This should be a girl's name. It sounds way too feminine for a boy, especially for a man!
kool_babe14  5/27/2009
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Shiva is a strictly masculine name. If anyone wants a feminine name of the same sound, consider the Irish Síomha.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2009
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I'm not of the faith, so I could be wrong, but I believe a "Shiva" is the Jewish equivalent of a "wake."
erb816  3/17/2009
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I love the meaning of the name.
Hushpuppy  12/2/2008
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There's a character in the game Mortal Kombat named Shiva, who has four arms. This character, however, is a girl.
― Anonymous User  3/29/2008
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Also an Iranian name meaning "charming".
― Anonymous User  3/16/2008
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The German singer Nina Hagen named her daughter Cosma Shiva Hagen.
LoQuiero  12/17/2007
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I am a Tamilian, but I think that this holds true not only in Tamil-speaking states but throughout India:
Shiva is NOT pronounced SHEE-va, it is pronounced with a short I sound
- SHI-va
SHEE-va is an anglicized pronunciation.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2007
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There was a book that was called Shiva's Fire by Suzanne Fisher Staples.
bibi66  6/9/2007
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I have a male friend named Sivakumar, "Siva" for short. (Pronounced "Shiva").
periola  5/30/2007
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As a non-Indian, I prefer this name on a girl. Maybe I'm just used to names ending with the letter 'a' being used on girls, but I can still imagine a young boy with this name.
Keeping Tempos  5/1/2007
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I also would prefer this name on a girl.
Luangi  4/30/2007
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I think this is more of a feminine name than a masculine, but of course Shiva was a god and not a godess. But still it's more feminine.
honungspinglan  1/6/2007
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I like this name. It is rather unusual and quite interesting. I've read a book called 'Shiva', but the character was a girl!
Tbird  6/23/2005

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