Asian Names

Male Names
  • Abdul (Arabic) - The servant; the servant of [Arabic and English speaking countries]
  • Abdullah (Arabic) - Servant of Allah [Arabic and English speaking countries]

    Abdullah is a common Arabic name derived from "abd-," the Arabic word for "servant," and the name of Allah. It has several variant transliterations into English, each of which is perfectly acceptable, though some are more common than others. As with man

  • Aditya (Sanskrit) - Belonging to Aditi; sun [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    In Hindu mythology Aditya was the name of 33 of Aditi's children. See Aditi for more information.

  • Arjun (Indian) - White [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    Arjun or Arjuna is one of the heroes of the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic. He is one of the Pandava brothers, and known as the 'Peerless Archer' - his archery skills win him the hand in marriage of Draupadi.

  • Deven (Gaelic) - Descendant of Damhán [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    In Hindu mythology one of the names of the sky-god Indra.

  • Harvir (Punjabi) - Warrior of God; brave for the Lord [English and Hindi speaking countries]
  • Huy (Vietnamese) - Shining, succesful [English and Vietnamese speaking countries]
  • Ryder (English) - One who rides [English speaking countries]
  • Tuan (Vietnamese) - Intelligent, bright [English and Vietnamese speaking countries]
Female Names
  • Alisha (Germanic) - Noble kind; of the noble sort [English speaking countries]

    Either an Indian name meaning 'protected by god' or a variant of Alicia.

  • Amiyah (Indian) - Delight [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    Amiyah entered the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2003.

  • Asia (Assyrian) - The east [English speaking countries]

    The word Asia may ultimately come from an Assyrian element for 'east'. It is sometimes used as a first name but belongs primarily to a continent.

  • Karin (Greek) - Pure [Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Japanese and Swedish speaking countries]

    As a Japanese name, Karin may be written with the characters for "summer" (ka) and "forest" or "bell" for 'rin' - among other possibilities.

  • Mai (Chinese) - Ocean or elegance [English, Japanese, Vietnamese and Welsh speaking countries]

    The Vietnamese meaning is disputed. There the female name refers to a plant popular for Tet - either a yellow flower or the cherry blossom. As a Japanese female name, Mai may be written with the character for dance.

  • Mari (Hebrew) - Uncertain, maybe bitter [English, Japanese and Welsh speaking countries]

    As a Japanese name, Mari may be written with the characters for "truth" (ma) and "reason; truth" (ri). Other possibilities include "ten thousand" or "flax" for 'ma' and "hometown; village" (ri).

    Mari is a nickname for the Russian name Mariy

  • Miya (Japanese) - Temple; increasingly beautiful [English and Japanese speaking countries]

    The Japanese name Miya may be written with the character for "temple". Other possibilities include "beauty; beautiful" (mi) and "to be" or "all the more; increasingly" for 'ya'. Miya is also the Japanese vocabulary word for "temple".

  • Nisha (Sanskrit) - Night [English speaking countries]
  • Reina (Yiddish) - Pure; clean [English, Japanese and Yiddish speaking countries]

    Yiddish for "clean; pure", Reina is the Yiddish form of Catherine.

    It also means "queen" in Spanish.

    As a Japanese name, Reina may be written with the characters for "summit; peak" (rei) and "Nara" (na) - among other possibil

  • Shreya (Sanskrit) - Auspicious and fortunate [English speaking countries]

    A Sanskrit name that is popular in India and one of the most popular Indian names in the United States.

  • Tanika (Indian) - Rope [English speaking countries]
  • Tara (Gaelic) - Crag; hill [English speaking countries]

    A name of Devi, the Divine Mother, used in the Tantras.

Gender Neutral Names
  • Aja (Indian) - Goat [English speaking countries]

    Also commonly found as a surname. Pronounced like the continent Asia and sometimes used as a hommage to it. Fans of the band Steely Dan might be partial to this name, as it is a name of an album and song of theirs.

    Used interchangable for

  • Akira (Japanese) - Intelligent [English and Japanese speaking countries]

    Akira is occasionally bestowed on girls but remains chiefly a male name.

    The name has been borne by film director Akira Kurosawa, former head of the Japanese Supreme Court - Akira Machida and manga artist Akira Toriyama. There is also a fil

  • Ami (Hebrew) - My people [English, Hebrew and Japanese speaking countries]

    Ami is a Hebrew male name meaning "my nation, my people".

    It is also a Japanese female name that may be written with the characters for "Asia" (a) and "beauty" (mi)

    'Ami' is sometimes used as a variant spelling of Amy.

  • Amiya (Indian) - Delight [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    Though Amiya is also a male name, it entered the US top 1000 for girls in 2000.

  • Anna (Hebrew) - Grace; favour [Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Slovak and Armenian speaking countries]

    In a greater part of the world seen as a Latinate form of Hannah and used on females.

    On the Indian subcontinent it is considered masculine and derived from the Sanskrit, meaning 'grain'. There was also a king of East Anglia named Anna.

  • Chandra (Sanskrit) - The moon; shining [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    In Hinduism, a son of Krishna and a name of Lakshmi.

  • Gia [English speaking countries]

    Gia can be short for many names, including Gianna or Giovanna. It is also a common Georgian nickname for George.

  • Jaya (Sanskrit) - Victory; victorious [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    A name of Devi, the Divine Mother. It is also the 94th name of the Goddess Lakshmi. It is also used in copound names, such as the Indian boy's name Jayaprakash.

  • Kim (English) - Regal hill [English and Vietnamese speaking countries]

    In Vietnamese this is a female name referring to the colour gold.

    Can be used as a nickname for Kimberly.

  • Long (Vietnamese) - Dragon [English and Vietnamese speaking countries]

    The name of one of the four sacred creatures in Viet Nam, the dragon. It is in part taken from several place names such as Ha Long Bay.