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Language is constantly evolving. So do names. From time immemorial people 'coin' names. There is a wide scope for innovation in creating new names in Indian languages. The common ways of doing so are (a) By joining two words and (b) By using Prefixes and Suffixes

There are endless varieties of joining words. Following are a few examples:

·        Combining names of two different or same gods/goddesses.

-        RAMKRISHNA, RAMALAKSHMI

·        Combining names of god and goddess /consort.

-        UMASHANKAR, LAKSHMINARAYAN, RADHESHYAM

·        Combining two words having same meaning.

-        SURYABHANU, JYOTISHKA, SHASHICHANDRA

·        Combining two words by omitting connecting word like 'of' or 'similar'.

-        SHASHIKALA, CHANDRAVADAN, HARINAKSHI, SHYAMSUNDAR

 

SUFFIXES may be used for different purposes: honorific, to provide a pleasant meaning, to indicate being a part of, as an indication of affection and belongingness etc. Some common suffixes used and their examples are:

  For Men For Women
Honorific

Lal, Kumar, Chand, Simh etc

e.g. Ajit Kumar

Rani, Kumari, Kaur

Usharani
Pleasant Meaning

Prakash, Anand, Kant, Prasad etc

e.g. Ved Prakash

Lata, Prabha, Kanta etc

e.g. Suvarnalata

"Part" of the "Whole"

Born of

Ansh, Ang. Ank, Aksh, etc :

e.g. Devansh

J: e.g. Manoj        

Angi, Anki, Anshi, Akshi etc

e.g. Devangee 

Ja: e.g. Padmaja
Suggesting Supreme Being

Indra, Ish, Indu etc

Devi etc
Suggesting Belongingness and Affection

By use of ‘k’, ‘n’, ‘il’:

e.g. Pushpik, Pushpan, Pushpal, PushpitPushpil etc.                      

By use of ‘a’, ‘I’, etc.

e.g. Devika, Devila, Nehita, Pushpi etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most common PREFIXES and examples of their usage are given below:

  For Men For Women
Pra = Very much, Pre-eminently Prajit, Pradeep etc Prabha, Prajna etc.
Su = Excellent, beautiful, Honourable, Exceedingly, Readily Subhash, Sudesh Sumati, Sumangla
Abhi = Superiority, Intensity Abhijit, Abhinav Abhilasha, Abhishri
Vi = Distinction, Intensity, Greatness, Change, Variety, Manifold, Disjoin, Difference Vimal, Vibodh, Vijay Vibha,Vipasha,Vishakha
Adhi = Superior, Abundant, Excellent Too much Adhij, Adhidev, Adhip Adhija, Adhishri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

Some prefixes may have a different meaning when used with some words and must be used with care. e.g. ‘Vi’ also has negative connotation like impropriety, negation, opposition etc.

‘Adhi’ also has negative meaning such as redundant, inferior, secondary etc.