Baby Names

Indian name

Wanted to get some feedback on potential names. My husband and I are both Indian but grew up here in the US. We both have indian names that are often mispronounced. I know it will be an issue with the names we are considering for the baby but wanted to get some feedback on our current choices.

Boy:
Ketan pronounced Kaythan rhymes with Nathan

Girl:
Simran pronounced how it looks.

Thoughts? I hesitate more with Ketan bc I know people wont know how to say it but I don't want to change the spelling of it either.

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  • i love both names. i think because it is your heritage and you and your husband both have names from India i don't think it will matter. you probably had to correct the way people said your name, and you lived :)

    i wouldn't change spelling, or either of the names. i didn't know how to pronounce Ketan, but i like it now that i do 

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  • Be proud of your heritage! Yes, most of us who are not familiar with Indian names will mispronounce the names the first time, but that's ok.  I think most people respect difficult names that mean something, rather than difficult names for the sake of being different.
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  • Thanks for the feedback! I appreciate it. We haven't told anyone else so it's nice to have other opinions.
  • I like both names a lot.
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  • To be honest I would struggle with the boys name lol but I have Indian friends and I quickly got used to how their names are pronounced. One of them is named Asha which I think is a beautiful name. They are both lovely
  • I would struggle with them if I just saw them written down, but there's nothing hard about how to say them once you hear them.

    I agree with pp, it's your heritage. They are really nice sounding names (do they have a particular meaning or are they important in someway?). Go with what you want.

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  • I like both.  I agree that more people would misprounce Ketan, but I don't think that should stop you from using it.

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    I would struggle with them if I just saw them written down, but there's nothing hard about how to say them once you hear them.I agree with pp, it's your heritage. They are really nice sounding names do they have a particular meaning or are they important in someway?. Go with what you want.


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  • I think they are great names and you should do what you want.   You are right that most people will not pronounce the boy name correctly.  However, my maiden name was very difficult for people to pronounce too many consonants together and you throw in a 'z' and everyone is confused.  People would always ask me what nationality, how to say it etc, in my professional life it was a great conversation starter.  Now I have this boring last name and nobody cares anymore, who knew I'd miss that ; )  At least now I am at the begining of the alphabet. 

    When I was a kid it was a bit more difficult because at roll call each year I knew when the teacher would get to my name because they would stop stare at their roster and then just say Beth, is Beth here and then ask me to pronounce it.  Which was a nightmare b/c I had a stuttering problem until 5th grade and was super shy.

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    I like both.  I agree that more people would misprounce Ketan, but I don't think that should stop you from using it.

    Agree. People will learn.

  • Thanks everyone! We definitely are going to use Indian names to honor our heritage but I guess part of our hesitation was that we don't personally know anyone with either of these names so wanted to get some feedback, esp on the spelling of Ketan. Simran means remembrance of God and Ketan means home.

    We have 2 back up names also in case the baby doesn't 'look' like a Ketan or a simran!
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    Be proud of your heritage! Yes, most of us who are not familiar with Indian names will mispronounce the names the first time, but that's ok.  I think most people respect difficult names that mean something, rather than difficult names for the sake of being different.

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    Thanks everyone! We definitely are going to use Indian names to honor our heritage but I guess part of our hesitation was that we don't personally know anyone with either of these names so wanted to get some feedback, esp on the spelling of Ketan. Simran means remembrance of God and Ketan means home. We have 2 back up names also in case the baby doesn't 'look' like a Ketan or a simran!

    I think your names are great & really like their meanings. I'm a teacher & love having students with culturally significant names. Everyone can learn something :)

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  • I like the names, but he will always have to tell people how to pronounce Ketan. Or, if he's shy, he will always just go by Ke.tan in school.
  • I like them both. DH and I are from US/Canada, but live in India, and are giving our kid an Indian name - it will be Asha, Rohan, or Kiran.

    (I love other names, like Meghana, but DH has quashed that because of a pain in the arse student named Megha). 

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    I like them both. DH and I are from US/Canada, but live in India, and are giving our kid an Indian name it will be Asha, Rohan, or Kiran.I love other names, like Meghana, but DH has quashed that because of a pain in the arse student named Megha.nbsp;


    Yay! Glad someone India replied! That was one of my hubby's concerns that maybe the names had some negative connotation in India that we were unaware of. Thanks for the feedback. Love your names. Kiran is actually our backup boys name and we considered Rohan but have too many in our family.
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