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200 Popular Asian Girl Names

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This is the first place you should look if you’re looking for a great Asian name for your baby girl.

Asia is the largest continent in the world, and thus it’s filled with many different cultures. Some of these cultures share similar beliefs, traditions, and even languages. This is one of the reasons why some Asian countries have peoples sharing similar names and name etymology.

Many Asian countries were once occupied by European nations, which is why some countries have people in them whose names are of Greek, Latin, French, or English origin. However, for the purposes of selecting primarily Asian names, popular names influenced by colonizers have been left out of this list. Russia, however, is an exception. Russian names are often influenced by Greek and Latin names, but they have been transformed into their Russian form. An example of this is Ekaterina, which is the Russian form of Catherine.

Other Asian countries, however, have names which are influenced by their religion. One prime example of this is Arabic names. Many Arabic names on this list feature names of people who played a prominent role in the life of Muhammad, the Islamic prophet. And since many countries from the Middle East are found in Asia, we have included these names on the list, alongside names of Arabic and Farsi origin.

The same is true for names of Sanskrit origin. Popular names in Sanskrit are often the names of gods and goddesses from the Hindu Holy Book. Hindu gods have many different names and facets. Some gods and goddesses have a kind and nurturing side and a vengeful, angry side. These two sides of the same god or goddess are given different names.

We must also mention names from the Far East. Countries like China, Japan, and Korea have their own writing system. Oftentimes, two names may sound alike, but the way they are written in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean vary vastly. The meaning of a name may also change based on how the characters are combined together.

For instance, the Japanese character for ko is often attached to the names of girls to make it more feminine. Ko means “child,” and when attached to another character, it becomes sort of a feminization of that character, to put it simply.



There is one common factor among girls’ names in Asia, however. Aside from being named after gods, goddesses, and actual people, Asian names for girls often mean certain positive traits. In this list, you’ll notice the abundance of names meaning “beautiful,” “pure,” the name of a flower, or “love.” Naturally the popularity of these names comes from the fact that parents would like these traits to be bestowed upon their baby girls.

Now that you know a little more about how Asian names came to be, let’s move on to the list of popular Asian names in alphabetical arrangement.

 

Aamaya (Bengali) means “the pleasant night rain that brings new hope”

Achariya (Cambodian) means “wonderful, marvelous”

Adilah (Arabic) means “just, honest, equal”

Aiko (Japanese) ai means “love” and ko is a character meaning “child.” Ko is often attached to a Japanese girl’s name to make it more feminine.

Aisha (Arabic) means “lively.” Aisha is the name of one of Muhammad’s wives. She is known to have had a very important role in Islam even after Muhammad’s death.



Aiza (Arabic) means “noble”

Akane (Japanese) means “meaning “deep red, dye from the rubia plant.” Akane is a very popular name, both in real life and in manga and anime.

Aliyah (Hebrew) means “to ascend.” Aaliyah was the name of a famous American R&B singer. In 2001, she was killed in a plane crash along with 8 others.

Altansarnai (Mongolian) means “golden rose”

Amporn (Thai) am means “hidden, concealed” and phon means “blessing”

Anastasia (Russian) Feminine form of Anastasius, the name of a 4th-century Dalmantian saint. Anastasius means “ressurection.” Anastasia used to be a very popular name for decades until it was replaced by Sophia. A famous person with this names is the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II who was the last ruling sovereign of Imperial Russia.

Anchali (Cambodian) means “hand”

Anong (Thai) means “beautiful woman”

Anya (Russian) Russian form of Anna. Anna is derived from the Hebrew Hannah meaning “favor,” “grace,” or “beautiful.”

Aoi (Japanese) means “blue” or “green.” It can also mean “hollyhock, althea.”

Aqilah (Arabic) means “wise, intelligent”

Ayaka (Japanese) Ayaka is the name of a famous Japanese singer. This name can mean many different things depending on the combination of kanji characters used. It can mean “colorful, summer,” “design, flower,” “kimono design, flower,” and many more.

Ayame (Japanese) means “iris”

Ayano (Japanese) means “color, design.” Many famous Japanese women are named Ayano such as the singer/dancer Ayano Omoto, manga artist Ayano Yamane, and singer Ayano Ahane.

Basanti (Sanskrit) means “spring”

Bashita (Bengali) means “freedom”

Batari (Indonesian) means “goddess”

Bermet (Kyrgyz) means “pearl.” Bermet is also the name of a popular dessert wine.

Bhargavi (Sanskrit) means “goddess, daughter of the sun”

Bulan (Indonesian) means “moon”

Cam (Vietnamese) means “orange (fruit)”

Champei (Cambodian) means “frangipani flowers”

Chamroeun (Cambodian) means “prosperity”

Chandi (Sanskrit) Chandi is a Hindu goddess. She is the combined form of Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Durga (the fearsome form of Parvati (goddess of fertility, love, and devotion).

Chandra (Sanskrit) means “moon.” It’s also the name of the Hindu lunar god.

Chankrisna (Cambodian) means “a sweet-smelling tree”

Channary (Cambodian) means “moon faced”

Chantou (Cambodian) means “flower”

Chariya (Cambodian) means “good character”

Charvi (Sanskrit) means “beautiful lady”

Châu (Vietnamese) means “pearl, gem”

Chi (Vietnamese) means “branch”

Chihiro (Japanese) Some of you may recognize this name from the Miyazaki animated film Spirited Away. Chihiro can mean many different things, depending on the combination of kanji used. The first character is read as “thousand,” and the succeeding characters used to form Chihiro may mean “fathoms,” “gains,” “abundance,” or “large.”

Cholpon (Kyrgyz) means “Venus the planet”

Choum (Cambodian) means “refreshingly beautiful”

Cinta (Indonesian) means “love”

Citra (Indonesian) means “image”

Cúc (Vietnamese) means “chrysanthemum”

Daksha (Sanskrit) means “brilliant” and “the earth.” While Daksha is the name of great king, it’s a name often attributed to women.

Davi (Cambodian) means “angel”

Deborah (Hebrew) means “bee.” Deborah was the only female judge mentioned in the Book of Judges fom the bible. She is also considered a saint in the Catholic Church.

Diwata (Filipino) means “goddess.” The diwata in Filipino mythology is a goddess or a spirit who is often the subject of many Filipino folk tales. One popular diwata is Maria Makiling, who turned into a mountain after she was left by her lover.

Eka (Indonesian) means “one, first”

Ekaterina (Russian) Russian form of Katherine, from the Greek Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft.

Elena/Yelena (Russian) Russian form of Helen meaning “torch.”

Enkhjargal (Mongolian) means “peace or blessing”

Eun-jeong (Korean) eun means “kindness, mercy, charity” or “careful, attentive” and jeong means “pretty, graceful.” The meaning of this name can change based on the hanja characters used to write it. Eun-jeong was the third most common name for girls in Korea in 1970, but it fell to 6th place in 1980. A popular bearer of this name is Hahm Eun-jung of the K-pop girl group T-ara.

Eun-ji (Korean) eun means “kindness, mercy, charity” and ji means “wisdom” or “earth. However, the meaning may vary depending on the hanja characters used.

Eun-yeong (Korean) eun means “kindness, mercy, charity” and yeong means “flower” or “brave hero.” The meaning of this name can change based on the hanja characters used to write it.

Farrah (Arabic) means “happy”

Fatima (Arabic) means “to abstain.” Fatima is the name of the daughter of the prophet Muhammad, which makes it one of the most common names in Islam.

Gayatri (Sanskrit) means “mother of vedas.” It’s the feminine form of gayatra, which is Sanskrit word for song or hymn.

Gerel (Mongolian) means “light”

Gita (Sanskrit) Gita is the name of the Holy Hindu Book. It contains 700 verses of Hindu scripture, which is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Gita or Geeta is the Sanskrit word for song.

Gyeong-hyui (Korean) gyeong means “respect, honor” and hye means “beauty.” The meaning of this name can change based on the hanja characters used to write it.

Hannah (Hebrew) means “favour or grace.” In the bible, Hannah was considered a prophetess. She is also known as the mother of Samuel, a great leader of Ancient Israel.

Hitomi (Japanese) Hitomi is often written with a single kanji meaning “eye” or with two kanji meaning “wisdom” and “beautiful.” A famous bearer of this name is Hitomi Yoshizawa, a Japanese pop singer.

Hoa (Vietnamese) means “flower”

Huệ (Vietnamese) means “bright, intelligent or orchid”

Hương (Vietnamese) means “fragrant”

Hyeon/Hyun (Korean) means “appear,” “capable,” “string,” or “evident.” The meaning of this name can change based on the hanja characters used to write it. Hyeon is often attached to another syllable as an element in popular two-syllable Korean names. Popular names with this syllable include Hyun-joo, Hyun-jung, Hyun-sook, and Ji-hyun.

Indah (Indonesian) means “beautiful”

Indira (Sanskrit) means “beauty” and “splendid.” It’s also the byname of the Indian goddess of prosperity, good luck, and beauty Lakshmi.

Intan (Malay) means “diamond”

Jamila (Arabic) means “beautiful.” A famous bearer of this name is Jamila Bint Thabit. She was the wife of Umar and a companion of the Islamic propher Muhammad.

Jasmine (Arabic) means “fragrant flower”

Jhumpa (Bengali) means “charming, pet name.” It commonly a nickname given to young girls.

Ji-hye (Korean) ji means “wisdom” and hye means “bright.” Ji-hye was the most popular name for baby girls in South Korea in 1980, 1988, and 1990. A famous Korean actress with this name is Wang Ji-Hye.

Kaish (Indonesian) means “love”

Kaliyanei (Cambodian) means “beautiful, lovely”

Kamon (Thai) means “heart, mind”

Kana (Japanese) means “strong, calm” or “righteous south.” It can mean many different things depending on the combination of kanji used.

Kanda (Thai) means “beloved”

Kannareth (Cambodian) means “a beautiful quality”

Kanya (Thai) means “young woman.” A famous bearer of this name is Kanya Rattanapetch, a Thai model and actress.

Kasih (Malay) means “love”

Katya (Russian) Shortened version of Ekaterina.

Kesang (Bhutanese) means “fabulous period of time, great eon”

Kim (Vietnamese) means “gold, metal”

Kolthida (Cambodian) means “noble-born woman”

Kulap (Thai) means “rose”

Kunthea (Cambodian) means “beautiful fragrance”

Kunzang (Bhutanese) means “all good, ever excellent”

Laila/Leyla/Layla (Arabic) Leila is the Arabic and Hebrew word for “night.”

Lakshita (Sanskrit) means “to see or recognize”

Lestari (Indonesian) means “eternal, abiding”

Li Jing (Chinese) means “quiet”

Li Min (Chinese) means “quick”

Ligaya (Filipino) means “happiness”

Lila/Leela (Sanskrit) means “playful”

Linh (Vietnamese) means “spirit, soul”

Liu Yang (Chinese) means “ocean”

Luningning (Filipino) means “brilliance”

Lyubov (Russian) means “love.” A famous bearer of this name is Lyubov Chachkova, a famous volleyball player who participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Madilah (Arabic) means “praiseworthy”

Mai (Japanese) means “dance”

Mai (Vietnamese) means “plum, apricot”

Malai (Thai) means “garland of flowers”

Mali (Thai) means “flower”

Manami (Japanese) Manami can mean many different things, depending on the combination of kanji used. Its more common meanings are “love, beauty” and “love, sea.”

Manjula (Sanskrit) means “beautiful, lovable, spring”

Marit (Aramaic) means “lady”

Marta (Aramaic) means “bitter”

Maryam (Aramaic) Maryam is the Aramaic form of Mary. It’s sometimes spelled as Mariam.

Mawar (Indonesian) means “rose”

Megumi (Japanese) means “favor, benefit” or “love, affection”

Miho (Japanese) Miho can mean many different things, depending on the combination of kanji characters used. It can mean “truth, ear of grain,” “beauty, ear of grain,” “beauty, care,” “future, step,” “beauty, sail,” or “beauty, walk.”

Miriam (Hebrew) Miriam is the Hebrew form of Mary.” Miriam is also the name of the sister of Moses and Aaron from the bible. Despite its popularity, the meaning of Miriam remains unclear. However, since many Levite names are of Egyptian origin, it’s said that it could mean “love” or “beloved” from the Egyptian mr.

Misaki (Japanese) means “beautiful blossom.” Several places in Japan are called Misaki, and lots of girls in Japan are named Misaki.

Misato (Japanese) mi means “beauty,” and sato means “village or home.” Many different places in Japan are named Misato to show the beauty of one’s hometown.

Mi-suk/Mi-sook (Korean) mi means “beautiful” and suk means “good, pure, virtuous.” Lee Mi-sook is a famous South Korean actress who starred in numerous famous movies like An Affair and Eunuch

Mohana (Sanskrit) means “attractive”

Momoko (Japanese) Momo means “peach” or “one hundred” or “apricot. It’s followed by ko, a common suffix for girls’ names.

Naomi (Hebrew) means “pleasantness.” She is known as Ruth’s mother-in-law. She shares the name with actress Naomi Watts and supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Narangerel (Mongolian) means “sunlight”

Narumi (Japanese) as a given name Narumi can mean “achieve, beauty” or “achieve, truth.”

Natali (Russian) Russian form of Natalie meaning “Christmas day.”

Natsumi (Japanese) natsu means “summer,” and mi can mean different things depending on the kanji used. It can mean “beauty,” “truth,” “sea,” or “life.”

Ngọc (Vietnamese) means “jade, precious stone, gem”

Nguyệt (Vietnamese) means “moon”

Nhung (Vietnamese) means “velvet”

Nimith (Cambodian) means “transformation”

Nuon (Cambodian) means “soft and tender”

Odtsetseg (Mongolian) means “star flower”

Olga (Russian) Russian form of Helga meaning “holy, blessed” in Old Norse. A popular bearer of this name is Olga Kurylenko, a Hollywood actress from Ukraine. Several members of the Russian Imperial family were named Olga such as the famed St. Olga of Kiev and the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, mother of Anastasia.

Pakpao (Thai) means “kite”

Parvati (Sanskrit) Parvati is the Hindu goddess of fertility, love, and divine strength. She goes by many other names. She is the wife of the god Shiva, and the mother of dieties Ganesh and Katikeya.

Phhoung (Cambodian) means “wreath”

Phúc (Vietnamese) means “happiness, good fortune, blessing”

Phương (Vietnamese) means “direction, way”

Phượng (Vietnamese) means “phoenix.” This refers to the mythological creature known as the Chinese phoenix or the Fenghuang.

Porntip (Thai) porn means “blessing” and thip means “divine””

Preeti (Sanskrit) means “pleasure, joy, love”

Punthea (Cambodian) means “gentle spirit”

Quý (Vietnamese) means “precious, valuable”

Rachel (Hebrew) means “ewe.” Rachel was the name of Jacob’s favorite wife. She is also known as the mother of Joseph the dreamer and Benjamin.

Ratu (Indonesian) means “queen”

Rina (Japanese) ri means “white jasmine” or “village” and na is added as a phonetic character or the character for “vegetables, greens.” Rina can mean different things depending on the combination of kanji characters used.

Rinchen (Bhutanese) means “priceless”

Rita (Sanskrit) means “brave, honest”

Rom Chang (Cambodian) means “water flower”

Sabrina (Arabic) means “white rose”

Safiya (Arabic) means “pure.” Safiyya bint Huyayy is the name of one of the wives of Muhammad.

Saki (Japanese) sa means “blossom” and ki means “hope.” It can have other meanings depending on the kanji characters used

Samantha (Aramaic) means “listener”

Samnang (Cambodian) means “lucky in life”

Sarah (Hebrew) means “lady, princess, noblewoman.” In modern Hebrwew, Sarah means “woman minister” or “pleasant” in Arabic. Sarah has been a consistently popular name in Europe and North America. Sarah is the name of the wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac. She is known for giving birth to Isaac in old age.

Saraswati (Sanskrit) Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, and wisdom. She is not only revered in Nepal and India, but also in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar.

Sari (Indonesian) means “essence”

Sarnai (Mongolian) means “rose”

Shakti (Sanskrit) means “powerful one.” Shakti is the personification of divine feminine power or “The Great Divine Mother” in Hinduism. Shakti is also worshipped as a supreme being as the embodiment of the feminine energy of Shiva. Her avatar is Parvati.

Shanti (Sanskrit) means “be calm.” In Sanskrit, Shanti is the state of inner peace wherein one is mentally and spiritually at peace.

Shiori (Japanese) means “bookmark, guide,” “lithe,” or “poem, weave.”

Sikha (Cambodian) means “peaceful or content”

Siriporn (Thai) siri means “glory, splendour” and phon means “blessing””

Sophon (Cambodian) means “beauty”

Sora (Japanese) Sora is a name most associated with the sky or heavens. It can mean many different things depending on the combination of kanji used. Some of Sora’s more popular meanings are “superior air,” “summery sky,” and “universe.”

Soriya (Cambodian) means “sun”

Sourkea (Cambodian) means “heaven”

Sovanna (Cambodian) means “golden and dream”

Sraem (Cambodian) means “beautiful brown skin”

Suk-ja (Korean) suk means “good, pure, virtuous, charming” and ja means “child”

Sumitra (Sanskrit) means “mother lakshmana, good friend.” A famous bearer of her name is Sumitra, the queen of Ayodhya from the epic Ramayana. She was the wife of King Daharatha, and is also hailed as his wisest wife.

Sunita (Sanskrit) means “one with good morals” or “well-behaved”

Svetlana (Russian) means “light, world”

Tabitha (Aramaic) means “gazelle, a symbol of graceful beauty”

Tatiana (Russian) Russian form of Tatius

Thị (Vietnamese) means “clan, family.” It can also mean “maiden name” and is a very popular middle name among girls.

Thu (Vietnamese) means “autumn”

Thyda (Cambodian) means “girl born of royalty”

Tiên (Vietnamese) means “immortal, transcendent, celestial being, fairy”

Trúc (Vietnamese) means “bamboo”

Tshering (Bhutanese) tshe means “life” and ring means “long””

(Vietnamese) means “luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding”

Tuyến (Vietnamese) means “thread, line, ray”

Tuyết (Vietnamese) means “snow”

Ubon (Thai) means “lotus”

Uma (Sanskrit) Uma is one of the names of the Hindu goddess Parvati. The word uma means “tranquility,” “splendor,” “fame,” and “night.” A famous bearer of this name is Hollywood actress Uma Thurman.

Vanna (Cambodian) means “golden”

Veata (Cambodian) means “clever”

Veda (Sanskrit) means “understanding, wisdom, knowledge”

Wang Jing (Chinese) means “quiet”

Wang Li (Chinese) means “beautiful”

Wang Min (Chinese) means “quick”

Wang Yan (Chinese) means “glamorous”

Wangi (Indonesian) means “fragrant”

Wangi (Malay) means “fragrant”

Yên (Vietnamese) means “calm, peaceful”

Yeong-ja (Korean) yeong means “flower” and ja means “child”

Yui (Japanese) The popular kanji characters used for the name Yui are “tie, bind” and “gentleness, lithe.”

Yuri (Japanese) means “lily”

Zara (Arabic) means “blossom”

Zhang Jing (Chinese) means “quiet”

Zhang Li (Chinese) means “beautiful”

Zhang Min (Chinese) means “quick”

The popular names in Asia vary from region to region, which gives us a very rich and diverse set of names with so many interesting meanings. Which of these names do you like the best?

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