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We are having a new baby girl soon and i would like to ask a question concerning the name, perhaps i can get some advice here.
We thought about naming her DEVI (as Quote Wikipedia: Devī (Devanagari: देवी) is the Sanskrit root-word of Divine, its related masculine term is Deva.
Devi is, quintessentially, the core form of every Hindu Goddess. As the female manifestation of the supreme lord, she is also called Prakriti, as she balances out the male aspect of the divine addressed Purusha.)
Is it used as a name in India (perhaps you even know someone called that) or is are we wrong about this idea?
We have some Indian friends (my wife is of Indian Origin, but speaks no Hindi), but they are all with a (conservative) katholic background and their view on such a name is (obvously) not a too happy one.
So i would like some more opinions if possible.
She will also get a second european name, so she can still choose and use the other one later (but we still have to agree on that one...)
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Devi is used as a name in India. You could use a variant like Devika, Deviyani.
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- x-posted with aarosh -

Hi malewitsch, what if it's a boy?

Just kidding, Many congratulations!

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Is it ('Devi') used as a name in India (perhaps you even know someone called that) or is are we wrong about this idea?
Yes it is used in India, but more often than not, it is used as a honorific title for a respected Hindu lady. For instance, some princesses (Gayatri Devi, Jodha Devi, etc.) as well as some female classical vocalists have "Devi" appended to their names (Girijadevi, Siddeshwari Devi, Saraswati Devi, Nirmala Devi, Uma Devi, etc.). Hence, if your wife's name was Chrissy or Julia, she could be referred to in formal demand letters from the Income Tax department or by your personal servants and butler as Chrissy Devi or Julia Devi respectively.

I personally do not know anyone called just "Devi", but it is used affectionately by us to sometimes address friends whose full names are 'Devika' or 'Devjani'. It can also be used in sarcasm, when you are taunting some woman for acting too high and mighty.

There is a very good book called "The Penguin Book of Hindu Names" (1989) by Maneka Gandhi, which has a huge selection of names and their mythological representation and meanings. The entry for 'Devi' goes thus:
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Devi (Sanskrit) (Female)
1. divine; deity; goddess; queen; lady;
2. the ultimate sattvika force responsible for the creation of the worlds, who appears in various forms of which the 5 main ones are Durga, Laksmi, Sarasvati, Savitri and Radha, ...
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Devi is used, and so is Kriti (two names of my female Indian friends).

As long as your family name is not a deeply traditional rural Austrian name (like we have them in Bavaria, too) but something like your nickname it sounds nice for me, and a baby girl is a goddess
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Is it used as a name in India (perhaps you even know someone called that) or is are we wrong about this idea?
Yes, it is still used.

The commonly understood meaning of prakriti in India is 'nature' (the physical world, ie)
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You can check out your options from beautiful Sanskrit names for baby girl
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Originally Posted by pap View Post You can check out your options from beautiful Sanskrit names for baby girl
Now I know my name in Sanskrit, thanks
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What does "Peaceful Ruler" mean in Sanskrit?
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I know what you mean frederica. I took some Hindi Lessons here, the teacher was an indian woman married to a lokal, which ended in the name Veenu Scheiderbaur...
(by the way, where in bavaria are you from, i actually grew up around munich and since my family still lives there, i visit a few times.)

I already looked at the website before, just wanted to check around here as well just to make sure its used as a name and not only mentioned in a list.

Might go for Devika instead, didnt see this one and like it, and we can still call her Devi anyway...
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Devika is a lovely, modern and popular name. The website referred to in post #6 is very good, but bear in mind that it is just a selection of common names, and is not a comprehensive list at all.
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Originally Posted by malewitsch View Post I know what you mean frederica. I took some Hindi Lessons here, the teacher was an indian woman married to a lokal, which ended in the name Veenu Scheiderbaur...
This is exactly what I meant. I remember a girl with a pretty exotic name and the family name Rutzmoser

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Originally Posted by malewitsch View Post (by the way, where in bavaria are you from, i actually grew up around munich and since my family still lives there, i visit a few times.)
I'm living in the Landkreis where the Ammersee is located

Devika sounds nice!
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post What does "Peaceful Ruler" mean in Sanskrit?
I doubt if there is an any equivalent. It is an oxymoron. You can't be ruler and peaceful at the same time!
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Originally Posted by pap View Post I doubt if there is an any equivalent. It is an oxymoron. You can't be ruler and peaceful at the same time!
'Frederick' means "Peaceful Ruler".
'Frederica' is a feminine variant of the name 'Frederick'.
'Federico' is the Italian/Spanish variant of the name 'Frederick'

Hence was asking federica which meaning she found on the page you linked, because she said:
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Originally Posted by pap View Post I doubt if there is an any equivalent. It is an oxymoron. You can't be ruler and peaceful at the same time!
Ashoka, post the Battle of Kalinga. But that's a boy's name.

The strangest name for a girl that I saw in an Indian names book was "Raakshasmardini". It means Demon-Killer, probably another name for Kali or Durga.

Devyani is also a popular name for a girl by the way.
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Originally Posted by BholeBaba View Post ..."Raakshasmardini". It means Demon-Killer, probably another name for Kali or Durga.
Lovely name !

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Devyani is also a popular name for a girl by the way.
It is indeed. It's a variant of 'Devjani" I had posted earlier.
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