English sounding punjabi names?

(21 Posts)
Annalise345 Fri 05-Apr-13 11:24:58

My dh's family are punjabi and we want to please both our families when naming our baby girl but are struggling for ideas! Any suggestions? smile

badtime Fri 05-Apr-13 11:33:50

What is their religious background?
Most Punjabi people I know are Sikh, but I also know Hindus and some Muslims from the Pakistan side of the Punjab. I think this would have some influence on names.

TinyDiamond Fri 05-Apr-13 11:35:39

Same set up and we went for ruby. Not technically punjabi but everybody happy with it.
Cousin is Jasmine.

TinyDiamond Fri 05-Apr-13 11:37:22

Other suggestions are leena and asha. I like nina too

Raveena?

or maybe something like
Maya or Yasmin - i.e. a little exotic but still "normal"

Thurlow Fri 05-Apr-13 14:15:10

I know a family who named their children Tanya, Esha and Arun - all names which work well in England and India. I particularly love Esha.

coffeewineandchocolate Fri 05-Apr-13 14:24:18

Ayesha, ruby, alesha, maryam, sereena, selina

Annalise345 Fri 05-Apr-13 14:37:38

They're Hindu...I really like maya actually! smile

natsmum100 Sat 06-Apr-13 20:02:50

Anya or Merin

SanityClause Sat 06-Apr-13 20:10:27

Nikita, Nashika, Sarita, Kavika, Namita.

None of these are English, but all sound pretty to an Anglophone's ear!

Fairyloo Sat 06-Apr-13 20:15:25

Kareena

sleeplessinderbyshire Sat 06-Apr-13 20:17:17

What about Tara? It is a hindu name originally (as will as being an Irish name which is used in England too)

MrsShrek3 Sat 06-Apr-13 20:18:43

friends in similar situation have picked Hari (boy) Zhara, Kyra (girls) and Zak is from another family with Pakistan/English backgrounds but sorry I dont know what areas the names originate from.

twinklestar2 Mon 08-Apr-13 00:00:53

maya
neha (prounounced naya)
anaia
jaya
serena
serene
sonia
tara
mina
nina
tina
kara
sara

(same set up here grin)

twinklestar2 Mon 08-Apr-13 00:05:24

ayesha
alisha
manisha
mahi

WafflyVersatile Mon 08-Apr-13 03:06:33

Naraina
Sultana for the comedy option.

sashh Mon 08-Apr-13 08:56:43

Nina
Usher
Asha
Rita
Jaswinder seems popular round here (Wolverhampton) for boys and girls, but they are always called Jazz.
Kali

I taught a Sultana, it's not a comedy option.

I used to know a Lakshmi whose nn was Mary.

Saraswathi, you could use Sara for day to day.

twinklestar2 Mon 08-Apr-13 11:40:51

Karina
Keira
Anya

HopefullA Thu 11-Apr-13 11:54:19

My inlaws are indian - it all depends on their religion and the area they come from to name soem kids as for them, some names are very hindu or muslim etc.

I love Lakshmi, Nina, Navya(me neice), Preeti, Maya (friends baby),

simontowel Thu 11-Apr-13 12:03:36

I know a Devina (Indian version of Davina). It means goddess in Hindi. Love that name.

Other suggestions:
Anaya
Avani - means Earth in punjabi
Ishani
Ishaya
Shona
Asha
Isha - one who protects (also punjabi)
Kavita - poem

Love all of these!

MortifiedAdams Thu 11-Apr-13 12:06:15

Veda

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