The Ultimate List of Buddhist Names

Updated: March 16, 2021
Whether choosing a baby name makes you feel overwhelmed or excited, we hope this list of 75 inspiring Buddhist baby names will enlighten you on your path to choosing the perfect one.
Buddhist First Names

Everyone wants their baby’s name to mean something special, and every baby is one of a kind. Have you ever considered a Buddhist baby name for your little bundle of joy? Buddhism has a long history centered around peace and love, so what better gift to give your baby than a name centered around enlightenment.

The religion of Buddhism began in the 6th century B.C. around the area of Benares, India. It is based on Siddhartha Gautama’s teachings. He was born a prince in Nepal situated between India and Tibet but renounced his earthly possessions and wealth to teach others the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold-Path.

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Buddhism is now practiced by roughly 500 hundred million people worldwide, with the largest concentration in Asia. If Buddhism’s religion or practice means something to you or you are looking for a unique name with a strong meaning behind it, consider Madee for your daughter, which means “a good beginning”, or Banko for your son, which means “everlasting”.

Buddhists have a well-known connection with meditation practice that elicits thoughts of calm and relaxation. What could be a better way for your baby than beginning with a name linked to the most famous Tibetian Monk of all, the 14th Dali Lama, who is known for his peaceful work? Lhamo is his original first name, and it means god or goddess, so it is the perfect unisex name.

No matter the meaning you are seeking, we have a list of 75 boys, girls, and gender-neutral Buddhist names to help end your search.

Buddhist Names for Girls

  1. Achara - Thai, An angel who is very pretty or beautiful
  2. Aikyaa - Sanskrit, unity or oneness, also spelled Aaikya or Aikya
  3. Arya - Sanskrit, noble or exalted. Made famous by the television series Game of Thrones
  4. Bi - Chinese, green jade
  5. Boonsri - Thai, beautiful
  6. Caihong - Mandarin Chinese, rainbow
  7. Daunphen - Thai, full moon
  8. Dechen -Tibetan, One who can reach out for happiness and joy, great bliss
  9. Disha - Sanskrit, direction, good luck
  10. Dokai - Indian name, in Buddhist meaning way formality
  11. Goldheve - one with a sixth sense, high energy, sensitiveness, one who possess a high sense of awareness
  12. Haimini - Indian Origin, golden color
  13. Kannika - A beautiful flower
  14. Karamia - Beloved Peace
  15. Kathina - This is the name of a Buddhist festival held at the end of the rainy season. It is a time when people give thanks to the monks.
  16. Kyoko - Japanese, Melody, to bend, mirror
  17. Lawan - Beautiful
  18. Lotus - The flower is a symbol in Buddhism for the path from ignorance to enlightenment
  19. Madee - A good beginning
  20. Mayra - Indian meaning is the moon, Buddhism symbol of truth, enlightenment, and remover of illusions
  21. Mayuree - Beautiful
  22. Nin - Sapphire, Hebrew for grace
  23. Pensri - The beauty of the moon
  24. Samorn - A woman who is beautiful and beloved
  25. Samsara - Continuous movement, the circle of life
  26. Sophea -She who is a clever and wise one
  27. Sook - Korean, pure
  28. Sovannah - Cambodian, gold, precious in God’s sight
  29. Tara - mother of liberation, female deity sometimes referred to as the female Buddha
  30. Tevy - An Angel

Buddhist Names for Boys

  1. Akkrum - Hindu boy name for Lord Buddha
  2. An - Peace; Peace of Being At Home; Peaceful
  3. Anzan - Quiet Mountain
  4. Ashwaghosh - Name of a Buddhist philosopher
  5. Atid - Thai, The Sun
  6. Baika - Plum Blossom
  7. Bankei - Ten Thousand Blessings
  8. Banko - Everlasting
  9. Budhh - He who has been enlightened
  10. Chiko - Light of Wisdom
  11. Chimon - Wisdom Gate
  12. Chinshu - Calm Prefecture; Calm Place
  13. Daiden - Great Transmission
  14. Daido - Great Way
  15. Daiji - Great Compassion
  16. Dainin - Great Patience; Great Endurance
  17. Daishin - Great Truth; Boundless Reality
  18. Dechen - Health and happiness
  19. Eido - Illuminating Way
  20. Enmei - Bright Circle; Life-Sustaining
  21. Eshin -Understanding Mind; Wisdom Mind
  22. Etsudo -Japanese, Joyful Way, the joy of raising a child
  23. Fujii - Japanese, name of a Buddhist monk in Japan, famous for constructing peace pagodas
  24. Genko - Original Light
  25. Genji - Japanese, two beginnings, most valuable to God
  26. Hakue - Pure Blessing
  27. Issan - One Mountain
  28. Jiho - The Aroma of Compassion
  29. Jikai - Ocean of Compassion; Compassionate Sea
  30. Koge - Fragrant Flower
  31. Tathagatha - Pali/Sanskrit - one who has thus gone, one who walks the right path, very popular Buddhist name
  32. Twan - Indonesian, Smart and brainy

Gender-Neutral Buddhist Names

  1. Anami - Lord Buddha
  2. Bodhi - Sanskrit, Awakening, Enlightenment
  3. Cahya - Indonesian, One who is light in the darkness
  4. Dharma - It is the understanding of the laws of nature and how they apply to the human condition
  5. Dojin - Buddhist, path of love
  6. Ehri - Mongolian, musical instrument
  7. Karma - The principle that a person’s intent and actions will influence their future and life beyond this one.
  8. Lhamo - God or Goddess, first name of the 14th Dali Lahma
  9. Nirvana - The state Buddhist aim to reach in which “the imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion and delusion have been finally extinguished.”
  10. Sangha - the name of a group of Buddhist monks, nuns, or novices
  11. Sutra - a collection of medieval Indian texts found in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism
  12. Thay - Vietnamese, a surname, teacher
  13. Zen - Symbol of peace and tranquility. It is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that uses sitting meditation to reach Buddhist truths.

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