Indic baby names with a link to SURYA

R. Soneji rsoneji at
Sun Jan 26 18:59:34 UTC 1997

Surya P. Mittal wrote:
> Dear Indologists,
> Yes, this mail comes from the same person who is being
> considered as the one who is trying to convert INDOLOGY
> into a commercial place. I will respond to this topic on
> a later date.
> Right now I want a suggestion from all my friends on Indology
> on a topic which is more of a personal nature:
> Most of you are already aware that my name is Surya Prakash
> (Sun Light). And my wife's name is Monika (very European name
> indeed). We were blessed with a lovely daughter on 25th Dec.
> (Santa's gift on X-Mas 1996).  We are finding it a little
> difficult to finalise her name as we are looking for an
> Indic baby name with some link to "Surya".  An option that
> I have is "ARUNIMA" (pronounced arunimA). Can INDOLOGISTS
> suggest a few options ?
> Please excuse me for using INDOLOGY once again for personal
> interests!
> Regards,
> Surya P. Mittal
> surya at

Though the first and most common name that came to mind was Usa, on later 
speculation, the following also seemed appopriate:

Amsumati - possessing (mat) rays (amsu)
Bhanumati - possessing (mat) sun-like nature (bhanu)
Dinakartri - maker (f - kartri) of day (dina)
Jyoti - light
Prabha/Prabhavati - the luminous
Prakasini - shining one
Tejasvini - having tejas
Tejomayi - made of tejas
Ullasini - forth (ut) shining/delighting (lasini)

Devesh Soneji
University of Manitoba
rsoneji at

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