Baby Names: These are unbeatable...

Aswini K. P.

“What's in a name? that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”

This quote from the romantic play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is as renowned as the great writer William Shakespeare who penned it. He wanted to tell the world that a name is nothing more than a word to call someone.

However, the people of new age seemed to have outshone the quote with a bunch of trendy names. For them, there is so much in a name. Unlike the parents of previous decades, the new generation hesitate to call their children by old-fashioned names.

It was common to see more than one child in a class bearing same name until a few years ago. Now the parents do not want any other child have their precious gem’s name. So, they start searching and researching for a unique name even before the baby is born.

It would be hard to get a one-of-a-kind name, but having a different name would help to stand odd in at least our surroundings. How far they can go in search of a trendy, cute and unique name? let’s see…

Dr. Sajid Abdul Latheef, writer and professor of English in Mampad MES College, and his wife Mufeeda, professor of English in Farook College, have a passion for literature. When a baby boy arrived in their life, the natural taste for word play inspired them to explore a different name for him.

Thus the creative couple named their son Darius Ehzan. Darius is the English version of an ancient Persian King’s name. Ehzan is an Arabic word meaning excellence. The couple might be dreaming of seeing their little one grow up into an excellent king one day!

When the parents are obsessed with uniqueness and love for letters, a variety name will never remain in dreams. Shema, a guest lecturer at Nadapuram College, and Jeevesh, working in Poornna Publications, searched in ‘Sabdatharavali’ for a unique and meaningful child’s name. Thus they settled for two names ‘Isheeka’ which means a pen and ‘Meghari’ meaning the wind.

Though they planned the name for a baby girl, their first child happened to be a cute boy. Without loss of even a grain of love, they modified the name into a boy’s name and called him Isheek Meghari. Such a literary name for a kid!

When Veena Raju, a home maker, and her husband Shaji Kumaran, a Malaysian Indian businessman, had a baby girl, they gave her a name that has some spiritual element in it. They also wanted the name to be modern as well as traditional. Their belief in numerology also played a key role in designing the name. Thus the name was born - Karla Kaishuri.

Karla is a name of Indian goddess Durga. It also has some Scandinavian background and means womanly or strength in their language. The second name Kaishuri refers to the Indian goddess Parvathi. In fact, the name is spelled as Kaishori, but they decided to replace the ‘o’ with ‘u’ according to numerology. Also both the names had to be rhyming to each other. Thus their baby was gifted with the name that is unique, modern, traditional, spiritual and rhyming at the same time.

The photographer couple Jino Sam and Midhu Sreenivas who were married breaking the conventional religious boundaries wanted a non-religious name for their son. They searched for it and happily landed on a Persian word which means ‘star’ - Kiyan. Little Kiyan has already appeared in the state government’s breastfeeding campaign. Maybe a sign that he could be a real star when grown up.

Aswani and Sajeesh, both working as teachers in Malappuram, were particular about choosing a baby name that does not represent any gender or religion. A name that does not have any stereotypical features was in their mind. Also they wanted to reflect the love for nature in the name.

As their son was delivered in the month of June, the first name was automatically fixed. Then the beauty of hyacinth flower poached their hearts and stole the slot for the kid’s second name too. Also, Hyacinth has Greek mythological connections as it was the name of a youth loved by Apollo. Thus they found the unique baby name for their darling son – June Hyacinth. Voila! A tiny pretty flower born in June…

The arrival of a pretty girl baby to their life was one of the best moments in life for Sreekanth, the vice principal of Alsalama hospital in Perinthalmanna, and his better half Nithya.

With the desire to find a unique name for their bundle of joy, the couple found a different name that has an ethnic touch – Nila Nitara. Nila refers to moon whereas Nitara means deeply rooted. Along with the rhyming, the name also contains all the cuteness of moonlight pouring down on earth.

Jamsheed Ali and Muneera, both teachers in unaided colleges, blessed their little girl with a twin name that sounds both cute and unique at the same time. With a literary touch, the first name came from a Shakespearean character Olivia, which also means a branch of olive symbolising peace.

The second name Mehfil denotes the love for music as it means a gathering at a music concert. When the peace and music conjoined, a gorgeous baby name was born – Olivia Mehfil.

Deepesh Divakaran, a Bangalore based IT professional, and his wife Ranjitha, a teacher, wanted to find a unique name for their son and it had to be something that would not give any chance to other kids to make fun of him in future.

They also lacked interest in choosing an alter god name. Besides, the difficulty in pronouncing Indian names came to their mind while searching for the baby name. Thus they picked the name Reyaansh, which means ‘first ray of sun’ or ‘a part of Lord Vishnu’.

These are only a few examples of how much parents can ponder to find an exclusive and attractive name for their beloved young ones. As time passes, some of the unique names become more than common as people imitate the trends in case of names too.

But parents never give up when it comes to their offsprings. They keep hunting for exceptional names just like the single piece of gem remaining in the centre of earth that stands out elegantly and captures everyone’s attention.

Also people find name of their baby as a platform to unleash their creativity and clarify their ideologies. Nobody is likely to give a title to their kid that can be a just another one in the crowd. For them, the name has to be the one that help the kid to proclaim their uniqueness from the moment they tell their names to others. Besides, the baby’s name is a carrier of parents’ pride. What better way can we suggest for that?

And what do you think parents-in-future? Have you already started looking for the one-of-a-kind tag for your little soul?

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