50 Unique Asian Baby Names for Your Little One
These Asian baby names represent some of the most beautiful and meaningful names, both old and new, that you can find across the continent.
50 Unique Asian Baby Names for Your Little One
Of all the decisions parents make when expecting their child, few are more fun or more stressful than picking out a name. Sometimes, it can be hard to know where to even begin. While there are plenty of parents who like to use family names, there are just as many who want something that’s totally new.
These Asian baby names represent some of the most beautiful and meaningful names, both old and new, that you can find across the continent. These choices are powerful, beautiful and often a mix of both. And whether or not you find “the one” on this list, hopefully, it gets your creativity flowing and gets you that much closer to picking that perfect name for your little one.
This Japanese name is predominantly given to females. It can mean “temple” or “beautiful” or “relax.” And even though those are three technically different translations, you can see how they all mean some variation of a beautiful place you go to relax.
So, if that feels like the vibe for your child, this is a great choice.
Current United States Vice President Kamala Harris put this Sanskirt name on the map. It means “lotus,” which is a particularly meaningful flower in Indian culture.
It’s also a name for a well-known Hindu goddess who represents divine wisdom.
This gender-neutral name is typically attributed to Japan. It means “water lily” or “lotus.”
Lotus flowers are especially symbolic of rebirth, so this is a particularly wonderful name if you feel your baby is an old soul coming back for another visit on Earth.
Upma can be found in many cultures but is most common in India. It means “the best.” And any parent can attest to thinking that their child is the best at everything.
So, here’s a way to ensure your kid is “the best” their whole life!
With a name like this, there are multiple (and equally beautiful) interpretations. If you choose to go with a Chinese translation, this name means “goodness, decreasing, bending.”
It’s also a famous Surname in Chinese culture. And, like the sun itself, it’s unisex.
Another gender-neutral name that’s popular with both boys and girls, Indra means “possesses rain” or “possessing drops of rain.”
It is usually considered of Indian origin, and it’s smaller parts break down to a Sanskrit translation.
This Turkish name means “king” or “ruler.”
It’s an ideal moniker if you know your little one will grow up to accomplish big things on this planet.
This Indonesian name for females means “a woman of good character.”
Though your little one may not always live up to this during their Terrible Twos, it can hopefully inspire them as an adult.
This boy’s name originates in Pakistan. It means “one who is charitable.”
And it’s an excellent choice if you want your child to contribute to society in major ways.
Don’t blink, or you might miss the meaning behind this traditionally Thai name. Asnee means “lightning” and is attributed to Buddhist origins.
That means, just like the religion, it can be found in many continents.
You may have to do a double take to catch the extra “a” that gives this name its origins in India. It typically means “lively” or “full of joy.”
And with two a’s in a row, it’s definitely a rarer and unique choice.
This beautiful name is beloved in India and Nepal, where it is common.
And that’s appropriate because the name means “beloved.”
This originally Arabic name is common in Syria and means “sparkling.”
So, if you love that sparkle in your baby’s eyes, you might want to consider Bahir.
Sree may only have four letters, but it can bring your baby a lot of good luck.
Sometimes also spelled Shri, the name means “prosperity” or “wealth” in Sanskrit.
This originally Japanese name is very fun to say and becoming understandably popular around the world.
It means “valuable,” “beautiful” and “noble.”
If ever since you found out you were pregnant, you’ve had a deep need to sit in stillness and breathe, this might be the perfect name for your baby.
Dhyana is an Indian word for “meditation” or “one who meditates.”
This gorgeous name means “protected by God” or “guardian.” It is of both Arabic and Hebrew origin.
It’s popular around the world, but it’s particularly popular in Russia, where there is even a city named Samara.
If you want an Asian name for your baby, it doesn’t get much simpler than naming them Asia.
This popular name has the delightful meaning of “lively” or “the rising sun.”
Hae is a Korean name that rolls off the tongue nicely.
It’s smooth, like water, which is appropriate since it means “ocean.”
This unisex name is popular in many Asian countries and translates to a lot of great meanings, depending on the language.
In Chinese, it means “king” or “army.” In Korean and Chinese, it means “talented.” And in Japanese, it means “pure” or “clean.”
If you only see stars when you think of your child, this Filipino name could be for you.
It comes from ancient mythology and was the name for the Goddess of the Stars.
While there’s an Irish translation for this name, it’s typically attributed to Japanese culture.
It means “wanderer” or “drifter” and was the name given to a masterless Samurai.
Another name from a few countries with various translations, it’s origin is in ancient Sanskrit.
Sanjay pretty universally means some variation of “victorious.”
You can find this simple yet powerful name in multiple languages across the world.
In Hawaiian and Japanese, however, it means “warrior.”
This unisex name is particularly popular in China and Vietnam. It means “talented one” or “great extreme.”
So, it’s a great way to set your child up for success!
Oscar-Award winning actor Dev Patel made this name internationally famous.
It is usually given to boys and means “God.”
Of course, Ringo Starr is easily the most famous Ringo in modern history, but that’s actually just his nickname.
Ringo is a standalone name with Japanese origins that translates to “apple.”
There’s multiple spellings of this name since it comes from Arabic.
But the translations are all variations of the same sentiment, meaning “someone who is brave like a lion.”
Another Sanskrit name that will really make your child shine, Kiran means “beam or ray of light.”
If your little one is going to bring light into this world, this is a beautiful choice.
This name has multiple spellings depending on the origin you’re choosing.
It is popular in both India and Thailand and means “dawn.”
Originating in the Philippines, this name knows no boundaries and takes on any challenges ahead of it, living up to its meaning of “the hero.”
This unisex name is given to both boys and girls.
It’s particularly popular in China and means “Phoenix.”
Usually given to boys, this originally Japanese name means “zealous one.”
If you feel like your child is going to have an abundance of enthusiasm for life, it could be a good fit.
Another Japanese name that usually is given to boys, Osamu is reserved for the most serious of children. It means “discipline” or “study.”
It can also mean “serve,” which has a similar idea of being dedicated to something bigger than yourself.
In English, it’s always alluring to have a “q” without a “u” attached to it. This beautiful Muslim name is popular in Afghanistan, and comes from the Quran.
It has multiple meanings associated with it, including “truthful,” “righteous” and “virtuous.”
This simple Chinese name has a simple but dynamic meaning of “bright.”
Plus, it starts with a “q,” which is a fun letter to say and sign.
Sometimes spelled Noor, this name can be given to either gender, but it’s significantly more popular for women, especially in Malaysia.
It means “light.”
This Arabic name isn’t trying to hide anything from you.
It means “honest,” so what you see is what you get.
This Vietnamese name has a simple meaning, “branch.”
So, if your apple doesn’t fall far from the tree or you’re into the tree of life or you want your child to be rooted or maybe you just love tree metaphors … this is a delightful option.
This name is popular all over Asia, especially in Japan and India.
It is a unisex name that has multiple meanings, including “trust,” “thunder” and “lightning.”
You’ll find variations of “Adele” in cultures all over the world. But this beautiful pairing with “mira” is popular in Yemen and means “exalted.”
It is typically given to girls.
This Sri Lankan name is perfect for creators who hope to foster that in their own children.
After all, it means “creative.”
If you already love your child to the moon and stars, this Chinese name that means “moon” is an excellent choice for you.
This is one of the most versatile names on the list. You’ll find this name and variations of it in old and new cultures across Asia, from Japan to Russia.
It typically translates to “perfectly formed,” “princess” or “goddess.”
Your wish is this Indian name’s desire.
In fact, it means “wish” or “desire” and is often given to girls.
This name’s meaning depends on your translation. If you want the Arabic translation that’s popular in Persian cultures, it usually translates to “mother.”
If you want the Japanese translation, it translates to “island.”
Veasna is typically attributed to Cambodian origins.
It means “future” or “destiny,” which is a potent choice for your child since they truly are the future.
This unisex name can be found originating around the world.
Typically found in Japanese culture, it means “ball,” globe” or “perfect.”
One letter off from the wildly popular “Aiden,” this name takes on another meaning and adds in a very cool “z” to the mix.
It originates in Japan and means “The God of Love.”
This Korean name is often given to boys, but it translates to something that has power for both girls and boys. It means “silver.”
So, if you love silver and all the powers it possesses, you could love having a child with this name.