I’d love to get some feedback on this name. I love it, and what’s really surprising is that my SO likes it too…and hasn’t gone back on it (often he says he like a name and then several weeks/months later makes a face at it like it’s awful). I realize that it’s uncommon but we live in NYC so I think it’s doable.

We would possibly use the nn [name]Indy[/name] (but not always).

I like so many parts of it but I want to save that for later and just get your thoughts. Thanks!

I love the name [name]Indira[/name]! [name]Indy[/name] is a fun and lively nickname, too! I love the meaning too, ‘beauty’.

Really pretty choice :o

I quite love [name]Indira[/name], but I struggle with whether it’s too [name]Indian[/name] for me (not [name]Indian[/name]) to use. I’d love to meet a little [name]Indira[/name], though!

[name]Adore[/name] it. I knew a girl in college with this name, and loved it then too (12 years ago) so I think it’s appeal will have staying-power.

Yes, the girl I knew was of [name]Indian[/name] descent. That’s definitely something to consider if you don’t happen to be from Hindi culture, I think. I love so many [name]Indian[/name]/Hindi names (Priyanjali, Naina, [name]Nisha[/name], Namrata) but feel that they’d be odd for me (not [name]Indian[/name]) to use. I think it’s helpful that you live in NYC (urban, multicultural).

I would actually really love to hear what those of [name]Indian[/name] descent think about this matter!

Yes, we’re not [name]Indian[/name]. Well there is an [name]Indian[/name] on his side of the family but it’s a couple generations back. It’s one of the [name]Indian[/name] names though that I feel really could cross-over, and I feel that there’s a large increase in people using names not of their immediate heritage. But it is why I asked!

I think it would be awesome to honour [name]Indira[/name] Gandhi in this way.

I like [name]Indira[/name] but I do think it would be odd on a non-[name]Indian[/name] child.

I think [name]Indira[/name] is lovely and exotic, and [name]Indira[/name] Gandhi was a wonderful, fearless leader who was taken far to young. [name]Indie[/name] is a cute nickname.

I know of a baby who was just named [name]Indira[/name] [name]Grace[/name], nn [name]Indy[/name]. It’s different in a good way!

I’m actually pretty pleased by all the positive thoughts so far. I understand the possibility of it being too much for a non-[name]Indian[/name] child, but for now I’m thinking it’s usable.

Anyone else?

I love [name]Indira[/name]! I think its exotic and pretty, but definitely not way out there. Good choice.

Great name with a great namesake in [name]Indira[/name] Ghandi. I like the sound too. I do not think it’s too odd and definitely not for NY.

It’s not a name that I would use but I think it’s stunning, if that makes any sense! If you and your SO like it, go for it! :slight_smile:

So as a further question…

I saw a lot of people say that [name]Indira[/name] Ghandi is a great namesake. I too thought it was nice to be linked to a strong female figure, and the longest running female prime minister ever. I also think she helped [name]India[/name] improve as it struggled in its still fairly new independence. However, I’m no expert on her time in power. Obviously she made some tough choices since [name]India[/name] was/is quite fractured and this angered people…and thus her assassination.

I have had one person in my life (not a close person) tell me that [name]Indira[/name] is too politically charged to be used. [name]Do[/name] any of you feel this way?

I love names and was still not aware that this is an [name]Indian[/name] name. I love it and can see it on a blonde blue eyed girl as easily on an exotic [name]Indian[/name] girl. In fact the name [name]India[/name] was used in civil war ear. (Gone with the Wind) I love [name]Indira[/name], if I weren’t set on using hebrew only names I might have to add to my list. This is one of those perfect names -not too common, not too out there,easy to spell, has familiar nn and is beautiful. I think it would be ashame not to use it. No I don’t think it is politically charged unless you live in [name]India[/name]. People still use names shared with Presidents, whats the difference? [name]Andrew[/name] [name]Jackson[/name] anyone? Your daughter will certainly appreciate its nod to family ancestry. Good [name]Luck[/name]! Great choice!

I really like it and I think the spelling and pronunciation are clear enough that it would work well for US speakers.

I really like the name [name]Indira[/name] but I would be a little taken aback to find a Caucasian child called [name]Indira[/name]. However, I think that it would not take me long to get used to it. There are so many children nowadays called names from another culture that I think it has become
very acceptable.
I am half [name]Indian[/name] (although have had a predominantly British upbringing) and am married to a man of [name]Indian[/name] descent. My main difficulty with [name]Indira[/name] and a lot of other [name]Indian[/name] names is that Brits and probably Americans too would mis pronounce them, making the name sound far less attractive or just not like the [name]Indian[/name] name at all. I wonder how you are pronouncing [name]Indira[/name] because I think the natural pn for a British person would be In-Deer-ah (emphasis on second syllable). As far as I know, an [name]Indian[/name] would pn it In-di-rah (emphasis on first syllable and v little emphasis on second syllable). Does that make sense?

Your explanation makes sense. I do it more like the British pronunciation. I know the emphasis is a little off, so I’m glad you commented. My own name is a French name and Americans say it differently from the French. I’m OK with that so long as they don’t just call me by the English version of my name (and there is one). So for me, having a slightly different pronunciation is not offensive, it’s more like an accent. But I asked because I did want a variety of thoughts - and if the idea of it being said similar to the word endear is upsetting to you, then it’s something that I definitely will take into great consideration…and probably just not use.

I noticed that you didn’t comment on the politics of the name - do you think it’s safe to assume that after several decades [name]Indira[/name] no longer carried the same implications as it used to?

I know an [name]Indira[/name] nn [name]Indy[/name]. I don’t like it but don’t hate it either.

[name]Hi[/name] neuilly,

I wouldn’t worry at all about the name being politically charged.
I wouldn’t find it upsetting for someone to pronounce the name incorrectly. I would just assume that they didn’t know. It would put me
off using it personally but it is a personal choice.
Good luck!