Mixed Indian Baby Names

Note: I’m Indian-American and have two half-Hmong-American boys, Kai and Ajay, so I’ve spent way too much time thinking about this very niche issue, even making two top-10 lists of all the baby boy names we considered. Hope this helps someone!

I had two goals when naming my kids Kai and Ajay:

  1. Easy to pronounce in all languages.
  2. Meaningful in a native language.

Here are my favorite meanings of my boys’ names:

  • Kai:
    • “Victory, triumphant” (凯/凱) [Mandarin]
    • “Lovable” [Swahili]
    • “Ocean” (海) [Japanese]
    • “Fire” [Scottish]
  • Ajay:
    • “Unconquered, invincible” (अजय) [Sanskrit]

Here are the Indian-American baby boy names we considered:

Common Western-Sounding Names:

  1. Ajay (AJ)
  2. Jay
  3. Krish (Chris)
  4. Neil
  5. Nikhil (Nick)
  6. Om
  7. Samir (Sam)
  8. Shaan (Shawn)
  9. Vikram (Vic)
  10. Zayn

Unique Modern Indian Names:

  1. Avi
  2. Dev
  3. Kal
  4. Nitin
  5. Raj
  6. Sahil
  7. Sai
  8. Tej
  9. Veer
  10. Yash

(I usually write about important stuff like the World’s Biggest Problems.)

Published by Neil Thanedar

Neil Thanedar is an entrepreneur, investor, scientist, altruist, and author. He is the founder & CEO of Utopic, his startup studio. He is also the founder & chairman of Air to All, a 501(c)3 nonprofit medical device startup, and Labdoor, a consumer watchdog with $7M+ in funding and 20M+ users. He previously co-founded Avomeen Analytical Services, a product development and testing lab acquired for $30M+ in 2016. He has worked with community organizations since 2007 and political campaigns since 2016 to fight for better education and economic opportunities in Michigan.