Most of the names that people of the Hindu faith select for their children originated on the Indian sub-contintent. Modern day India is one of the most religious diverse countries in the world with a majority Hindu population having lived in close proximity with Muslim, Christian, Jain and Buddhist communities for centuries. These traditions and cultures have influenced each other, with some names being shared by people of different traditions. Thus people of Indian extraction who identify as Hindus have a wide variety of names to choose from.
In looking for an appropriate name for your child, you may want to look at a shorter list of names that have a more specifically Hindu connotation, or you may want to extend your search to the broader subcultures of India
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and
Executive Director of CrossCurrents.
He is the author of God and Science (John Knox Press, 1986).
A revised and expanded version of the book is appearing here. God and Science (Hypertext Edition,
He is also editor of a new book, featuring articles by world class scientists and theologians, and illustrating the leading views on the relationship between science and religion: Faith, Science and the Future (CrossCurrents Press, 2007).
Charles also tracks the boundry between the virtual and the real at his blog: Next World Design, focusing on the mediation of art, science and spirituality in the metaverse.