Sikh Baby Naming Ceremony – Naamkaran

The naming ceremony in Sikh community symbolizes the first initiation of a baby into Sikhism. The Naamkaran Sanskar or popularly known as Sikh Reht Maryada (Sikh code of conduct) is performed soon after the birth followed by kirtan at the Gurudwara. The first letter of the baby’s name is decided by the first letter recited in Hukamnama.


The letter A is considered to be auspicious and spiritual in Sikh baby names like in most of the other Indian and European baby names. The spiritual names are inspired by Guru Granth Sahib while nicknames can be picked up from daily language. The English spellings of spiritual names are phonetic as they have been derived from the Gurmukhi script.

Eclecticism and fanciness plays an important part while choosing a Sikh name. There are names inspired by Perso Arabic Muslim background, such as Shamsher Singh, Shahbeg Singh, Bakhtavar Singh, Zorawar Singh, Fateh Singh, Iqbal Singh, Hukum Sing and Bahadur Singh. Others inspired by European background like Karnail Singh, Jarnail Singh and Angrez Singh. After choosing the name, the surname Singh is appended to the name of the boy and Kaur is the prefix for girls. Sometimes the name is similar only the surname will distinguish between a boy and a girl like it could be Gurmeet Singh or Gurmeet Kaur.


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