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:
- Easy to pronounce in all languages.
- Meaningful in a native language.
Here are my favorite meanings of my boys’ names:
- “Victory, triumphant” (凯/凱) [Mandarin]
- “Lovable” [Swahili]
- “Ocean” (海) [Japanese]
- “Fire” [Scottish]
- “Unconquered, invincible” (अजय) [Sanskrit]
Here are the Indian-American baby boy names we considered:
Common Western-Sounding Names:
- Ajay (AJ)
- Krish (Chris)
- Nikhil (Nick)
- Samir (Sam)
- Shaan (Shawn)
- Vikram (Vic)
Unique Modern Indian Names:
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