Similarity between English and Sanskrit Names

Similarity between English and Sanskrit Names

There is a stark similarity in how the feminine names in English and Sanskrit change with the same addition or suffix. There are lots of names ascribed to women that have their similar counterparts for men. It is similar in Sanskrit as well as in English.

Let’s start from some common examples:


Examples of Sanskrit Names:

राम (m)—रामा (f)

कृष्ण (m)—कृष्णा (f)

विवेक (m)—विवेका (f)

ईश (m)—ईशा (f)

शिव (m)—शिवा (f)

Examples of English Names:

Morgan (m)—Morgana (f)

Angel (m)—Angela (f)

Vivian (m)—Viviana (f)

Safin (m)—Safina (f)

Carl (m)—Carla (f)

Christ (m)—Christa (f)

If you see carefully, the names are changing pretty similarly. What is happening is this:

An “a” or “अ” is being added to every name. However, with this addition, the name, which is masculine earlier, is changing into feminine. In Sanskrit, lots of names change like this. In addition to this, an “e” or “इ” at the end also changes the name to a feminine one.

It is pretty clear that some of the names in both the languages change into their feminine form with the addition of same suffix.

While we mention English names, we are not limiting it geographically to England or other English speaking countries. We are considering the whole world.

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