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Baby names

Postby SamKR » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:32 am

How does the name "Siddhartha" sound for a baby boy (of South Asian parents) in English-speaking world? Is it easy to pronounce? Does it sound good?
Can you please suggest other names (Dhamma-themed or not but preferably in Sanskrit or Pali) that are good to ears and are not too hard to pronounce in a English speaking country?

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Re: Baby names

Postby SarathW » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:48 am

Buddi is a common name in Sri Lanka for a male.
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Re: Baby names

Postby Sea Turtle » Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:14 am

Hi SamKR --

I had a friend from Sri Lanka (female) whose name was Buddhika. It seems this name may be more popular as a boy's name, though.

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Re: Baby names

Postby JeffR » Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:39 am

Siddhartha sounds fine to me. It's easy enough to say; and if you follow the American custom of using a one or two syllable version of the full name; Sid is common for Sidney and would be a good version for Siddhartha as well.

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Postby retrofuturist » Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:59 am

Greetings,

I think Karuna makes for a pretty cool name, although this may have to do with a similarity with the word "kahuna"...

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Re: Baby names

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:48 am

One of my Thai friends named her daughter Anjalie (or something similar, I don't recall exactly how she spelled it). So that's a Pali word that most would assume was just a variation on Angela, etc, and is unlikely to be ridiculed by her peers...

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:48 pm

My daughter's middle name is Abhaya and my son's middle name is Bodhi. Their first names are Arabic and are harder to pronounce than their middle names...
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Re: Baby names

Postby bodom » Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:46 pm

I named my daughter Maya after the Buddha's mom and my son Arian spelled with an i for obvious reasons.

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Re: Baby names

Postby SamKR » Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:43 am

Thank you everyone! I appreciate all the replies and suggestions.
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Re: Baby names

Postby DC2R » Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:33 am

Mara, for a girl's name. Not at all "positive" in the Pali sense, but at least there is a connection, and the name would not seem out of place among other names.
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Re: Baby names

Postby SamKR » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:03 pm

Thanks everyone.

I have a question to English speakers about pronouncing Adarsh (Aadarsh). Does double A in the beginning make it hard to pronounce? To me Aadarsh sounds more accurate than Adarsh but both are fine. Just wanted to know if double A makes it difficult to say it. We need to decide soon, so your suggestion would be highly appreciated.

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Re: Baby names

Postby daverupa » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:30 pm

It's either uh-DARSH or AH-darsh to me; "EYY-darsh" sounds like what you'd get with double a's, but I can hear Fonzie saying that, so it's not my preference.

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Re: Baby names

Postby daverupa » Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:15 pm

Aadarsh = EYY-darsh

Adarsh = uh-DARSH / AH-darsh

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My ear seems to prefer AH-darsh.


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