Do Hindu scriptures provide details on how to properly name a child?
If there are any do’s and don’ts. Is it really necessary to name child based on month or tithis?


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Naming of the child is an important ceremony in Hinduism.

As per scriptures, it is required to be performed when the child attains a particular age (in days).

Manu Smriti 2.30. But let (the father perform or) cause to be performed the Namadheya (the rite of naming the child), on the tenth or twelfth (day after birth), or on a lucky lunar day, in a lucky muhurta, under an auspicious constellation.

The names should be chosen according to the Varna of the child.

2.31. Let (the first part of) a Brahmana’s name (denote something) auspicious, a Kshatriya’s be connected with power, and a Vaisya’s with wealth, but a Sudra’s (express something) contemptible.

2.32. (The second part of) a Brahmana’s (name) shall be (a word) implying happiness, of a Kshatriya’s (a word) implying protection, of a Vaisya’s (a term) expressive of thriving, and of a Sudra’s (an expression) denoting service.

2.33. The names of women should be easy to pronounce, not imply anything dreadful, possess a plain meaning, be pleasing and auspicious, end in long vowels, and contain a word of benediction

These are all the rules given in the Smritis.

According to astrology, depending on the birth Nakshtra, the names should be chosen.

For example, for someone born in Ashwini Nakshtra the name should start with the letters like Chu, Cho, La etc to be considered as auspicious... and so on. For Bharani Nakshtra born the names should be starting with Li, Lu etc..

The complete list is given in the following image which is taken from this site:

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I do not have scriptural references for the above list for the time being.

  • But if we see on broader aspect, isn't the name already given before our birth? Aug 19, 2018 at 6:38
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    Naming of the child is to be done after it's birth. @AkshayKumarS
    – Rickross
    Aug 19, 2018 at 6:39
  • That's correct but isn't the name already given to us before our birth in this world based on our deeds? Aug 19, 2018 at 6:40
  • @AkshayKumarS, what are you talking about.. who has a name before they're born ?
    – ram
    Aug 19, 2018 at 18:45
  • Hmm. @ram I read in a astrology writer we are already given our names for this birth before we're born. That's why am trying to find reference to Hindu scriptures Aug 20, 2018 at 0:11

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