Baby Naming: A Guide to Choose Perfect Baby Name

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The greatest challenge for the new mom-dad is to search an effective name for their kid. There are many theologies that guide for choosing the right name but the best among them is the Vedic method. The Vedic method is also not understood by most in the true senses. I have seen many blindly keeping the name as per the Janam Akshar or birth alphabet.  

Wrong! The name based on the Janm Nakshatra is wrong? 

Yes! it can be.

Baby Naming Astrology Guide

Have you heard of ‘Bhav Madhya’ or the ‘house cusp’? Bhav Madhya is the focal point of any house which has the maximum influence on that house. Any planet placed around the Bhav Madhya is bound to give the maximum results depending upon the signification of that planet. 

The baby name philosophy takes the maximum advantage of this ‘Bahv Madhya’ analogy. There are twelve signs of the zodiac with nine Navamsha division each. This makes 108 Navamsha of the entire zodiac each corresponding to a syllable or a unit of pronunciation. These 108 Navamsha are the ‘Nama Pada’ or the ‘Nama Nakshatra’. 

Let us put this in a example; we tend to strengthen the fourth Navamsha of the Cancer sign if we address a person having a name ‘Lalit’. Now if the fourth Navamsha cancer sign fall in the winning house of the native, the name shall be beneficial for him and if the Navamsha pada is in the losing house of the native this name shall create issues. 

So, is it wrong keeping the name based on birth Nakshatra: Although it is not entirely wrong but sometimes the purpose to have a powerful name gets defeated. I will try and explain how.

Wrong name selection: 

Janm Nakshatra falling in the 6th house: Suppose the Janm Nakshatra or the birth constellation falls in the sixth house. This means whenever someone calls the native’s name than the phonetic sound of the janm Nakshatra influences the sixth house of the native. The sixth house corresponds to diseases and enemies. This means that the natives name becomes a strengthening ground for his/her enemies or diseases. A grossly wrong choice it would become.

Janam Nakshatra falling in the 8th house: 8th house is for miseries, death, and long ailment. It is one the worst trik-bhava for the horoscope. Now, if the Janam Nakshatra or the birth constellation of the native falls in the 8th house of the horoscope and the name the native gets is as per it, his miseries are certainly going to multiply as and when his name is called.

Janm Nakshatra falling in the 8th house:  Janm Nakshatra falling in 12th house and the native gets the name as per it, it again strengthens his 12th house, the house for loss, as and when is name is called. 

So, when the lord has given you a powerful tool by which you could strengthen your beneficial houses then why not use it. 

Know your baby  name as per date of birth (starting alphabets) which will strengthen your mind.

Know your name (starting alphabets) which will strengthen your body.

Know your name (starting alphabets) which will negate the Pitra dosha.

Know your name (starting alphabets) which will strengthen your career.

Know your name (starting alphabets) which will strengthen your Dharma.

Once you know this then is the Namkaram or the naming ceremony.

When it’s a perfect time for Namakaran?

As per traditions, Namakaran ceremony is conducted after 'Jatakarma' sanskara, a formality of passage celebrating the child's birth. Nowadays, with an increment in the birth rate in country, the ritual Namakaran or selecting a baby name as per astrology ritual has become a part of Namkaran ceremony, both have performed within a few weeks of the birth. After taking a closer look, the naming ceremony or namakaran which should be held 11 days birth. Immediately preceding the 'Sutika' or 'Suddhikaran' duration when mother and child are imprisoned to intensive post-natal care. However, 11th day is not generally fixed, and it can be decided by the parents based on monk or an advice of astrologers and can be postponed even up to the child's first birth anniversary. 

The Traditional Hindu Practice 

Both mother and father of the baby starts the Namkaran ritual with contents such as pranyama, prayer and chanting of mantra in presence of a priest. In absence of father, the grandfather or the uncle of the child performs the ritual with prayers to the God of Fire, the elements, and the spirits of the ancestors. 

Some rice grains are spread on a bronze thali or a dish and some fathers write the chosen name using a gold stick simultaneously chanting the God's name. Then he whispers the name of the child in new born baby’s ear, this ritual is performed by repeating the name four times along with the prayer. All the members of the family who are present in the ritual repeats few words once the priest formally accepts the name. This may be followed by the blessings of elders along with gifts, and ritual ends with a feast with family and friends. Usually, family astrologer also presents the child's horoscope at this ceremony. 

Selecting a Name

Hindu families rely on Vedic astrology to arrive at selecting child name. The initial letter is considered especially auspicious, and there are five general principles of determining what the initial letter of a child's name should be:

1. Janam Nakshatranam (by lunar asterism, composed of the birth star of the child, the position of planets at the time and date of birth, and the moon sign);

2. Masanam (according to the child's month of birth);

3. Devatanama (after the family deity);

4. Rashinama (according to the child's Zodiac sign); and

5. Samsarikanama (the worldly name), as an exception to all the above.

It is traditionally believed that a boy's name should have letters in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8) and girls should consist of odd-numbered letters (3, 5, 7, 9), but 11 is considered the most auspicious length for both genders.

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Hindu believe in selecting a child's name based on his or her 'Nakshatra' or birth star as calculated by a Vedic Astrologer during the Namkaran or naming the ceremony. In the absence of a family astrologer, there are general reputable astrology sites to ascertain the Nakshtra based on the child's birth date, time, and place. If you already know the child's birth star, you can use the table which is given below. The table to arrive at the first letters of your baby girl's good name for new born baby as per astrology and select a name form the favourite Hindi girl names list.

Naming a Baby According to Birth Star (Nakshatra)


Baby's Birth Star (Nakshatra)

First Letter of Baby's Name


Aswini (अश्विनी)

Chu (चू) , Che (चे), Cho (चो), La (ला)


Bharani (भरणी)

Lee (ली), Lu (लू), Le (ले), Lo (लो)


Kritika (कृतिका)

A (आ), E (ई), U (उ), Ea (ऐ)


Rohini (रोहिणी)

O (ओ), Va (वा), Vi (वी), Vu (वू)


Mrigashira (मृगशिरा)

We (वे), Wo (वो), Ka (का), Ki (की)


Aardhra (आर्द्र)

Ku (कू), Gha (घ), Ing (ङ), Jha (झ)


Punarvasu (पुनर्वसु)

Ke (के), Ko (को), Ha (हा), Hi (ही)


Pushyami (पुष्य )

Hu (हू), He (हे), Ho (हो), Da (डा)


Ashlesha (अश्लेशा )

De (डी), Du (डू), De (डे), Do (डो)


Magha/Makha (मघा )

Ma (मा), Me (मी), Mu (मू), Me (मे)


Poorva Phalguni (पूर्व फाल्गुनी)

Mo (मो), Ta (टा), Ti (टी), Tu (टू)


Uttaraphalguni (उत्तरा फाल्गुनी)

Te (टे), To (टो), Pa (पा), Pe (पी)


Hasta (हस्त )

Pu (पू), Sha (ष), Na (ण), Teha (ठ)


Chitra (चित्रा )

Pe (पे), Po (पो), Ra (रा), Re (री)


Swaati (स्वाति )

Ru (रू), Re (रे), Ro (रो), Taa (ता)


Vishaakha (विशाखा )

Tee (ती), Tue (तू), Teaa (ते), Too (तो)


Anuraadha (अनुराधा )

Na (ना), Ne (नी), Nu (नू), Ne (ने)


Jyeshtha (ज्येष्ठ )

No (नो), Ya (या) Yi (यी), Uu (यू)


Moola (मूल )

Ye (ये), Yo (यो), Ba (भा), Be (भी)


Poorvashaada (पूर्वाषाढ़ा )

Bu (भू), Dha (धा), Ea (फा) Eaa (ढा)


Uttarashaada (उत्तराषाढ़ा )

Be (भे), Bo (भो), Ja (जा), Ji (जी)


Shravan (श्रवण )

Ju (खी), Je (खू), Jo (खे), Sha (खो)


Dhanishta (धनिष्ठा )

Ga (गा), Gi (गी), Gu (गू), Ge (गे)


Shatabhisha (शतभिषा )

Go (गो), Sa (सा), Si (सी), Su (सू)


Poorvabhadra (पूर्वभाद्र )

Se (से), So (सो), Da (दा), Di (दी)


Uttarabhadra (उत्तरभाद्र )

Du (दू), Tha (थ), Jha (झ), Jna (ञ)


Revati (रेवती )

De (दे), Do (दो), Cha (चा), Chi (ची)

As explained above once you give a name to new born child you need to find a precious sounding starting letter for the name. It's believed when such a special sounding name is constantly repeated over the years to come, it will act as "Manthra" which can good luck for the child.

If you want to do it your self  this Step by step guide  will help to find letters for the naming of a new  born baby.

Step 1: 

We need to find out the Lagan. 

Please click below, once press the calculate button. The page contains astrological calculator about Lagan and a page reading will appear on the screen. On very top of the reading, astrological Lagan or the Birth Sign will be given. 

By using following table to find suitable letters according to the Lagan.



Aries (Mesha)

(a, as in arise), Aa (Aa, as in Arnold), Sha (Sha, as in shape)

Taurus (Vrushaba)

( as in Engine ex. Ingrid), Ee (as in East) Uu (as in Oum) Sha (as in shut ex. Shane) 

Gemini (Mithuna)

Uu (Uu as in Usha), Sa (Sa as in Sun)

Cancer (Kataka)

Ga (as in Garfield) Ea (as in Edna) S ( as in Samantha)

Simha  (Leo)

(as in Oliver) La (as in Lyle)

Virgo (Kanya)

A (A as in Ann or Anjala)

Libra (Tula)

Ka (Ca as in Carl), Ga (Ga as in Galina) Da (Da as in Dudly)

Scorpio (Vurshika)

Cha (as in Charls) Jha (as in John) Jha (as in Justin)

Sagittarius (Dhanu)

Ta (as in Tom) Dha (as in Dunstan) Nha (as in Nina)

Capricorn (Makara)

Tha (as Thamara) Dha (as in Dharma) Na (na as in Natasha)

Aquarius (Kumbha)

Pha (as in Phalitha) Bha (Bill) Ma (Margret)

Pisces (Meena)

Ya (as in Yankee) Ra (as in Ramon) La (as in Lara) Va (Valya)

Step 2:

You should check the Janam Nakshatra 

Using the table above you can finalise the set of name for your child. 

Step 3:

If you still cannot find the choice of letters for your liking, then you can select a letter according to the day from the following as the third option.

Day of the week



A, Aa, Ie, Iee, Uu, Ee EEe, O, Oo


Ya, Ra, La, Va, Sha, Shha, Sa, Ha, Le


Ka, Kha, Ga, Gha, Gna


Ta, Tha, Da, Dha, Nha


Ta, Tha, Da, Dha, Nha


Cha, Jha, Jhe, Kna, Hna


Pa, Pha, Ba, Bha, Ma

For any specific guidance on baby name suggestion, you can take:

online report on baby naming or

consult me for an astrological session.