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The first name 

India is a first name typically given to girls, but in rare cases also used as a boys name.

India is a common name for girls!

The name India isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all girls names, India ranks 917. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn girls, approximately 2 were named India. In the entire USA, approximately 19,216 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name India. That is 0.01 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
India mean?

Taken from the name of the country, the rare name India only got more attention in the US in the last quarter of the 20th century. The word was already used by Romans and derived from Sanskrit ‘Sindhu’ for ‘river’.

Today, the Indus River, which gave... India its name, flows mostly through Pakistan and is an important source of water for the country.

India -
evergreen, but special

For more than 140 years, parents decide to name their daughter India annualy. This means that there have been girls named India who witnessed the first Labor Day parade in the U.S. or followed Albert Einstein's career. The name has 'always been there', but never ranked in the top 100, and thus women named India have consistently been special. Since 2000, however, the name has experienced a certain popularity: in 2001 it holds its present record at #285 in the ranking of the most popular girls' names.

In years where the graph has no value, the name India was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

How popular was India 2022 among young parents?

India has never been ranked higher than #285. In 2022, she rivaled the 880 names that preceded her on the list. In total, 272 girls named India were born in that year. For comparison: 30 years earlier, in 1992, when possibly the parents of the now very young India were born, there have been 664 newborns who were given this name.

India -
special, but at home in many states

You may not know anyone named India, but there’s a good chance you live in the same state as someone with that name. In fact, 39 states are home to women and girls named India. (To be fair, a given name is only included in a state’s official statistics if there are at least five people with that name living in that state – so it’s entirely possible that there are still a few women and girls named India living in one state or another. If your name is India and you live outside of the states highlighted on the map, please let us know so we can refine our statistics even further). And while the first name is present in many states, it is still not one of the popular ones. In Georgia, which has the most people named India relative to the population, you still have to ask 2,514 women and girls their names before you hear India as an answer just once.

India has 5 letters 
and begins with an I

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter I is pretty rare as an initial letter for girls' names: only 1.7% of all common girls' names in the US begin with an I. The most common first letters of girls' names, by the way, are A, S and M, while U, X and Q are the least common initials of girls' names.

With five letters, the name India is comparatively short. In fact, 17.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly five letters. Only 7% of all first names are even shorter, while 75% have more than five letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that since 1.7% of all girls’ names begin with an I, this initial occurs only about half as often as the other letters on average. Nevertheless, there are of course single names that begin with an I, which are quite popular

Other names with 
I, n, d, i and a

If you take all the letters in the name India – I, n, d, i and a – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Idina or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say India

If your name is India and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name India

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name India, you can simply say:






This is how the name India is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write India in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is India

Just use American Sign Language!

The name India is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name India

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. India sounds like this: