85 Adorable Indian Baby Boy Names With Inspiration from Hindu Theology, Popular Culture and More

Make way for Zayn!

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I have three kids but 11 names for them, because each one of them has approximately three nicknames assigned by different members of the family. Do we actually call them by the names given to them at birth? Not as much. And yet, choosing a baby name is one decision parents often belabor and debate for months.

My husband and I scoured the internet searching for inspiration for a name for my son. And ironically enough, I found it offline. If you're looking for an Indian baby boy name, I've shared my research to get you started.

You might have a checklist of naming criteria similar to mine if you're a parent to Indian American kids like I am. I was looking for a name that's easy to pronounce, sounded American yet ethnic and was somehow meaningful. Not all of the names on this list below meet this criteria, but they’re the most popular Indian baby boy names of 2021.

In addition to referencing the Social Security Administration (SSA), which provides a list of top 1,000 baby names, this list was also curated from a few hidden gems I looked to when searching for my son's name: small businesses who sell South Asian-inspired baby products that can be personalized with names. These include Modi Toys, the maker of mantra-singing plush toys; Her Sun & Stars Co., which sells personalized minky blankets and Creative Crafty Mom, who provides personalized rakhis for Raksha Bandhan. (I also used these as sources for Indian baby girl names for my two daughters.) As you go through these Indian baby boy names, you may notice many of them fall into one of three categories of inspiration: Hindu theology, Bollywood movies and popular culture.

Just remember, no matter how many lists you browse and what you name your child, you will likely call him anything but that. Trust me.

Indian Boy Baby Names Inspired by Hindu Theology

Given the vast number of gods and goddesses in Hinduism — and with each deity carrying multiple alternative names — there is no shortage of inspiration found here.

  • Arjun
  • Aum
  • Ishan
  • Krish
  • Moksh
  • Rishi
  • Veer

    Indian Baby Boy Names Inspired by Bollywood

    While Bollywood’s scripts are no match for Hindu scriptures, the one benefit of having a prolific movie industry are the countless movie titles hitting the screens.

    • Laksh
    • Moksh
    • Sajan
    • Samay
    • Siddh
    • Veer

      Indian Baby Boy Names in Pop Culture

      From The Green Knight star Dev Patel to The Namesake's Kal Penn, these are the Indian names you might hear on the radio or see splashed across the screen.

      • Ari
      • Dev
      • Jaiden
      • Jay
      • Kalpen
      • Sai
      • Zayn

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        85 Amazing Indian Boy Names to Inspire You

        No matter what the inspiration, one of these names might be perfect for your little one.

        1. Aaditya
        2. Aarav
        3. Ajay
        4. Akash
        5. Akhil
        6. Akshay
        7. Anand
        8. Anil
        9. Ari
        10. Arian
        11. Arjun
        12. Armaan
        13. Arun
        14. Aum
        15. Avi
        16. Ayaan
        17. Bodhi
        18. Daksh
        19. Dev
        20. Eshaan
        21. Ishan
        22. Jahan
        23. Jaiden
        24. Jay
        25. Jiyan
        26. Kabir
        27. Kahan
        28. Kailash
        29. Kaiyen
        30. Kalpen
        31. Karam
        32. Karthik
        33. Kavish
        34. Kiaan
        35. Krish
        36. Kriyan
        37. Laksh
        38. Manav
        39. Milan
        40. Mivan
        41. Mohan
        42. Moksh
        43. Nayan
        44. Neeraj
        45. Nikhil
        46. Nirmay
        47. Nishan
        48. Nitin
        49. Niyam
        50. Ohm
        51. Ovi
        52. Parth
        53. Pavan
        54. Priyam
        55. Rajiv
        56. Rajveer
        57. Revan
        58. Ridhan
        59. Rishi
        60. Rithvik
        61. Riyan
        62. Rohan
        63. Rudra
        64. Sachin
        65. Sahil
        66. Sai
        67. Sajan
        68. Samardh
        69. Samay
        70. Sanjay
        71. Sayan
        72. Shaan
        73. Shikhar
        74. Siddh
        75. Sohum
        76. Tej
        77. Vardan
        78. Veer
        79. Vihan
        80. Vikram
        81. Vimal
        82. Viraj
        83. Yash
        84. Zayn
        85. Zian
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