Examples include Lalita (F) and Lalit (M), Vimala (F) and Vimal (M), Aditi (F) and Adit (M). Popular Indian baby names are often influenced by gods and goddesses, religious affiliation, and regional history.
However, scholars have often pointed out that one of the oldest names used in association with the Indian subcontinent was Meluha that was mentioned in the texts of ancient Mesopotamia in the third millennium BCE, to refer to the Indus Valley Civilisation.
Deep. It refers to a lamp — which is a key item used in rituals but is also a symbol of light and knowledge (over darkness and ignorance). Names containing this include Sandeep (lamp of the day), Deepak or Deepa (lamp), Mandeep (lamp of the mind), and Navdeep (new light)
Names are also influenced by religion and caste and may come from epics. India's population speaks a wide variety of languages and nearly every major religion in the world has a following in India. This variety makes for subtle, often confusing, differences in names and naming styles.
El Shaddai, Elohim, Adonai, Abba, El Elyon—God Almighty, Mighty Creator, Lord, Father, God Most High—these are just a few of the names and titles of God that yield rich insights into His nature and character.
The name Royal is both a boy's name and a girl's name of French, English origin meaning "royal". Even less subtle than Duke or Earl, this name shot up the popularity charts in 2013, the same year young Prince George was born and the craze for all things royal (and Royal) began.
Look at us: we operate with two names, the original name Bharat, and the given name, India. The invaders of Bharat who came up to the river Sindhu somehow managed to pronounce Sindhu as Hindu, and then Indus. And finally India is stuck on us for centuries now.
Chris Hemsworth, whose daughter is named India, holds the country in a special place in his heart. So although found shooting in India "intimidating but exciting experience", he says he felt like a rockstar while doing so.
In some cases, Indian birth name is different from their official name; the birth name starts with a randomly selected name from the person's horoscope (based on the nakshatra or lunar mansion corresponding to the person's birth). Many children are given three names, sometimes as a part of religious teaching.