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“Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use proper names for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
– J.K. Rowling, HP
That’s the power of names!
Well, I have a few interesting stories about names. My husband’s name is Parul and in India Parul is a name for girls. My mother-in-law often narrated the story behind his name, how an influential friend visited them when he was born and suggested this name. It wasn’t until he went to school that they realized, there were many girls called Parul and he was the only boy with that name.
The first thing that I asked on meeting him for the first time was about his name. Anyway, now it doesn’t matter, only once in a while people call me Parul ma’am or Ms. Parul and I have to correct them, saying that I am Rashmi and Parul is my husbandIn todays virtual world impressions are created by name and pictures that one puts up on social media. A lot of the times our name becomes our first introduction, much before we have even had a real meeting. It is therefore necessary that we give much thought to the names that we choose for our kids. Also choosing wisely becomes important as the name that we give to our kids talks about us. I am sure one doesn’t want to appear frivolous or old fashioned by giving a meaningless or common name to their child.

I have a close friend called “Pupul”, in college she instantly became famous because of her cute sounding unique name, when rest of us had common names like Neha, Rashmi, Pallavi, Priyanka “a Pupul” did stand out! She totally despises her parents for that name, however, I have high regards for them for choosing such a different, meaningful name way back then.
Choosing the right name is mostly one of the most difficult and baffling tasks that confronts the new or to be parents. Esp. in countries like India where the gender remains a surprise till the end. Name is one thing that remains with you forever unless you hate your name so much that you decide to get it changed.
I had started looking for baby names and preparing a list just when I struck my 3rd trimester. However, it took my husband less than a few minutes to zero down on the name for our boy, because the exhaustive list that I had prepared for over 3 months had all baby girls’ names and only a few boy names which made our job easier.
Here I have compiled a list of baby names for boys and girls that I found new, unique and sweet sounding; well that’s my criteria for choosing a name. i have a list of trending names for boys and gi

Name for baby boys

A 
Aabaan- Angel
Aadhir- Moon
Aamil- Doer
Anamaya Name of lord shiva
Araditya/Arayadit noble conqueror
Arain — godly person
Anadya- lord Krishna
Ashkaan- A dynasty Persian King
Avyukt lord Krishna 
E
Eeshayu- Full of strength
Emad- Confidence
Erman-  Friend of God in Arabic
I
Idhant- Luminous
Ikshit- Desired
Ishaar- God
L
Lakshin- Auspicious
Lavit- Lord Shiva
Lohitaksh- lord Vishnu 
M
Mahin- Earth 
N
Naahush- An ancient King
Nehaan- Affectionate
Nihaansh- Beautiful
Nabhya- Lord Shiva
Nirmay- Without blemish
Nirek- Superior
Nevaan means holy 
O
Orion- Son of fire
P
Prayan- Supreme intelligent
Pranit- Modest
Pratyaksh- Ostensible/ Obvious
R
Rishaan – Lord Shiva
Rishit- The best
Rovin- Pleasure
Ridhaan- Searcher or seeker
Ruhaan- spiritual
S
Saadik- Trustworthy
Saahir- Wakeful
Saamedh- full of strength
Shaakyaa:- Buddhhaa 
Satvat:- Lord Krishna
T
Tarush- Plant/ tree
Trishaan- A king of Surya dynasty
V
Vyaan- Air
Y
Yoram- King (Hebrew)
Yrishi- Surprising
Yogine- Saint, another name for lord Hanuman
Yuvaan Youthful
Yashmit- Famous
Yushaan- Mountain
Z
Zane- Gift from God (Hebrew name)
Ziaan- Peace
Zehaan- Brightness
Here i have a list of trending na

Name for baby girls

A
Aaraa:lightAashika/aashiqa blessing/mercury/beloved
Araina/ Arahana- Peace/holy
Adhira- Moon
Aishani- Goddess Durga
Aikam- Unity/oneness
Aadrika Mountain
Aashvi- Victorious
Amaaraa-Immortal
Anouk:- Grace
Amishta- limitless/eternal
D
Divijaa- Born in heaven, heavenly
Deetya- Answer to prayers
Dwishaa- Direction or disha
Dhruti- Valiant/ motion/movement
E
Edhaa- Sacred
Ekishaa- One Goddess
J
Jiyana -Strength
Jenisha- Dispeller of ignorance
Jainaa- Good character 
K
Kamikaa- Desired
Karnikaa- Heart of lotus
Kavika- Poetess
Keemaya- Divine
Kenisha- Beautiful life
Keya- Flower
Kaashi- Holy city of Varanasi
Krishyaa- Krishna /Shiva
M
Mahiraa – Expert, skilful 
Miraya mira, Krishna’s devotee
Mihiraa- Feminine of Sun
Manyaa- Honourable
N
Nayasa Affable, new beginning
Nirvi — bliss
P
Pariha – A land of fairies
Paanvi- God, Festival
Parashvi- A touchstone that turns iron into gold
S
Sahiti- literature
Samrata – Wealthy, blessed
Sashmita- Ever smiling
Saraa- Pure
Saarya- Pious woman
Saanvi- Goddess Lakshmi
Sehaj -comfort
Sauraa celestial
Seerat- Innate nature/ Quality
Shaarvina Goddess durga
R
Reha — star in Arabic
Rheaa- a good hearted person
Ruhaani- Soulful
Rayaa- Flow
T
Teesta- A river
Thea:-light in Greek
Tvesha bright
Twishaa- Bright
Tushita- Satisfied
Tishyaa Auspicious fire
Trisha-Thirst
Twarita- Goddess Durga
V
Vaayaala- Time
Viyaa/Vihaa- Heaven
Varalika goddess durga
Z
Zeniaa- Welcoming
Zihvaah- God
Ziaah- Enlightened
Zuhaa- The morning star
While deciding a name we must also consider the pronunciation, an easy to pronounce name has less scope of being spoilt or tweaked by mispronunciation and fewer chances of being understood as something else.
In today’s world while we would like our child to have a name close to our roots we must also keep in mind that the child will grow up and go places, so the name that we give must be simple to understand by people of other nationalities too.