Indian names that would work for a non-Indian girl?

I am obsessed with [name]Indian[/name] culture lately and am looking for some name suggestions from [name]India[/name] that would work on an anglo girl. Anyone know of any that they’d like to share?


Like any of those???

Thank you! I do like [name]Priya[/name]! I realize now that that’s the name of [name]Raj[/name]'s sister in the Big Bang [name]Theory[/name]! It’s a gorgeous name. Rumi is pretty as really.

I have two [name]Indian[/name] friends called [name]Anu[/name] and [name]Mariam[/name]. I think they sound pretty cross cultural… Possibly Jesminder since you could shorten it to [name]Jess[/name], like the girl in Bend it like [name]Beckham[/name]. Also names that start with [name]Ash[/name], like Ashani and [name]Asha[/name]…And maybe [name]Anjali[/name] too…

I think [name]Anisha[/name] might work pretty well on an anglo girl.
I second [name]Priya[/name] as well. I actually know of a little girl named [name]Priya[/name], and she’s not anglo but she’s not [name]Indian[/name].


I second [name]Uma[/name], Rumi, [name]Asha[/name], [name]Devi[/name] and [name]Veda[/name]. I just remembered the prettiest [name]Indian[/name] name the other day - Manjari.

I third [name]Uma[/name]. It’s my middle name, so therefore I love it! :slight_smile:

[name]Indira[/name]? probably the only one that comes to mind

[name]India[/name] is cute! And I love [name]Priya[/name] :slight_smile:

Have you ever considered just simply using the name [name]India[/name]? I actually know a little blonde hair, green eyed little girl with this name. It suits her perfectly. Her parents sometimes call her [name]Indy[/name].

I think Sitara is beautiful and it means star :slight_smile:

[name]Anjali[/name], [name]Lalita[/name], Minali, [name]Indira[/name], Nandita, Vidya, [name]Sarika[/name], Vijaya, Yamuna, or Vimala, perhaps?

I really like [name]Priya[/name], and [name]Uma[/name] is cute too. But the other day I met a girl named Ankita and I thought it was so pretty. The n is soft, and the beginning a is sort of halfway between a long a and a short a. And I’m realizing that I’m making absolutely no sense. But hope this helps, at least a little.

[name]How[/name] about these?

Rupy (I know a girl called this and she’s not [name]Indian[/name], she’s pale with ginger hair and it suits her so well)

[name]Meera[/name] or [name]Mira[/name].

Malvika is the sister of the [name]Meera[/name] I know.

I love [name]India[/name] or [name]Indie[/name]. I have [name]Veda[/name] on my girl list it means eternal knowledge. I got the name [name]Veda[/name] from the movie my girl :slight_smile:

I see Nikhita’s listed, and I know a white-skinned, brown-haired girl called [name]Nikita[/name] (that spelling). All the Yasmins I know aren’t [name]Indian[/name], and [name]Zahra[/name] looks to me like a spelling variant of [name]Zara[/name] (whether they are of different origins I don’t know.) There’s definitely easily usable names.

My sister’s friends’ names (all of which are all 100% Indian) are:
Priya - this one is very common in India just so you know it’s popular one
Jayna (name is not Indian, but is used by Indians)
Alma (same as Jayna)
Beth (name is not Indian at all, but included it because she is Indian)

India is not used as a name by Indians, so I don’t think it counts as an “Indian name”…

I think the only usable one really is Priya, although personally I wouldn’t choose an Asian name for a white child because it will raise all sorts of questions… Of the names mentioned above, only 2 girls have Indian names, because they live in America, the other 3 were given names more acceptable and easy to pronounce for Americans. Usually you try to blend in to your surroundings, not try to stand out…

With that said, my favorite Indian name is Latika from Slumdog Millionaire