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#1 shb05

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:24 AM

Hi All, We both are Indian. Our first daughter is named Richa (it is Sanskrit name, meaning is Hymn). Few days back, we are blessed with another baby girl and now we are searching suitable name for her and need your suggestions.

We are considering name Riya (it is also Sanskrit name, meaning is Singer), does it go well with name Richa? or should be avoided being bit similar names?

Suggestions are welcome..

Edited by shb05, 04 February 2013 - 11:47 AM.

#2 Kiki M

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:46 AM

Hi OP. Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl!

I have only a small understanding of Indian culture, although I do have a good friend who is Indian. I believe that when the baby is born, you get told which are the 'best' letters for the baby's name to begin with? Do you know which letters are most auspicious for your baby? Maybe that would help others to provide suggestions. There are many lovely Indian names.

Riya is a nice name, I do think it's quite close to Richa but if you really love it you should still use it.

#3 kerilyntaryn

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:51 AM

how do you pronounce them both?

riya sounds nice,  it may be close  - depends on pronounciation  - both have lovely meanings

Edited by kerilyntaryn, 04 February 2013 - 10:52 AM.

#4 shb05

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:52 AM

Thanks Kiki M for reply.. We are not going to select name based on any specific starting or best letters, in fact we don't know yet what that starting / best letters is for our little princess.. So we are open to all names but restricting to easy to pronounce and spell, global sounding names.

We are also considering name 'Myra', it is not Indian origin name but we thought its sweet name. Does it sound very old name?


#5 shb05

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:55 AM

Richa is pronounced as RIH - ch ah

Riya is Pronounced as RIH - yah

So both are pronounced in similar way.

#6 kerilyntaryn

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:01 AM

myra sounds nice too

another similar to riya - what about priya

#7 babyinabackpack

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:04 AM

Hi OP.
I have spent alot of time in India and love Indian names.
I think both of your names are very beautiful but maybe a bit too similar.

My favorite Sanskrit girls name is Shanti.
But there are sooo many beautiful names out there! Have you tried one of the online name sites? You can usually select Sanskrit only.

Good luck and congratulations on your princess.

#8 shb05

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:06 AM

Kerilyntaryn, Thanks for suggesting name sweet name Priya but it is very very common in India and bit old name as well so we skipped it.

#9 Gudrun

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

Riya is lovely but for me too close to Richa.

Myra is an absolutely gogeous name and goes beautifully with Richa.  

Heartiest congratulations on the birth of your baby daughter!

#10 Cirrus

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

Hi There,
I think Richa and Riya are much too similar sounds unfortunately.
Myra is not very common so it doesn't sound very old-fashioned.

Some Indian names with a 'global' sound in my opinion are

Milana (could be nick name of Mila)

I also love the name Manya, but it doesnt have the same global sound perhaps.

#11 shb05

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:59 AM

Thanks for all the replies... Looks like we should avoid Riya name considering both are too similar.

Surprisingly global name Myra is in top 20 Indian girl name for 2012 as per BabyCenter site - http://www.babycenter.in/a25004635/top-40-baby-names-of-2012

Edited by shb05, 04 February 2013 - 12:00 PM.

#12 About time

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:14 PM


There are a few girls names that work both in sanskrit and english, including Tara; Amber; Maya and Rita, which you may also want to consider.

#13 Z-girls rock

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:18 PM

I think Riya is too similar to Richa.

I love the suggestion of Shanti.

my favorite is Asha and Apsara.

the names Anya, Anita and Alisha are Indian originally but very common for non-Indian families too.

A friend of mine just named their second daughter Yani, their first daughter has an "r' name. I think it sounds nice together.

#14 DomesticDivinity

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:18 PM


I personally find the two names to be a bit too similar.

#15 Shirley Sue

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:25 PM

What about Tanvi, Mansi, Shruti, Shoba or Manisha?

#16 shb05

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:56 PM

Thanks all for all the replies.. All suggested names are lovely but some are already taken by relatives and friends..

We are avoiding 'A' and 'T' names because they get pronounced differently here and other English speaking countries..

Riya is now out of our list being similar to Richa.. Does anyone else also think name Myra goes well with Richa? how does Myra name sound irrespective of Richa, do you like it, is it too common name?

#17 Plaxy

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:31 PM

Congratulations on your baby!

I like Myra very much. I also think it sounds great with Richa - they make a really good set! In Australia Myra is unusual but not difficult, and is not old-fashioned or negative in any way I can see. I know it can be hard to judge in a different culture what names are out-dated. I think it is a choice you can be confident with!

#18 kerilyntaryn

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

there is a little girl in my daughters class named Myra - pretty,  I think it fits in well and not too old

what about


Edited by kerilyntaryn, 04 February 2013 - 01:49 PM.

#19 LittleC

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

Myra is lovely and goes well with Richa.

#20 shb05

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

Thanks again..

What is the correct pronunciation of Myra? Did you pronounced it as MY-rah or May-rah or Mee-rah ?

#21 Penny*Penny*Penny

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:50 PM

I think Myra sounds wonderful both by itself and together with Richa.

I only know 1 Myra and she pronounces it MY - RA

Edited by Penny*Penny*Penny, 04 February 2013 - 01:51 PM.

#22 kerilyntaryn

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:51 PM


#23 Gudrun

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:55 PM

MY-rah, only MY-rah.

Myra would be perfect!

#24 shb05

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:56 PM

Thanks.. If pronunciation is MY-rah then we love it.. We don't want it to be pronounced as MEE-rah as there is already Indian name Mira which we don't want..

#25 Lucla

Posted 04 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

Myra is very nice and I dont think it is too popular. It is a very sweet name on its own and as a set goes very well with Richa.

Also agree it is pronounced My-rah.

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