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Recently I've come across quite a few strange Sikh names online and later IRL at various social functions and get-togethers. At first I thought they were trolls (online on places like YouTube) but then a few months later I'd physically meet people with the same type of names, and they obviously aren't trolling anyone.

Har5hit, Hardik, etc. The "Har" aspect is self explanatory and not uncommon, but what's the craic with "5hit" and "dik"? When did these kind of names come into use? Some of these people can also speak decent English, so that confuses me further. They must know their names are verging on dodgy.

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6 hours ago, Singh375 said:

Any discussion on this topic would need to begin with discussing why your username is “Misterr” rather than “Mr”.

You might say ‘mr was already taken’. But serious point - that’s how some peculiar names/id’s come about. What the person wanted was not available, so they picked something else. Even as a bit of a joke, maybe an auto suggestion, then it sort of sticks with them in real life. The names you mention probably originate from gaming platforms 😂

Mods added the extra R without telling me. It annoys the heck out of me. 😅

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36 minutes ago, ChardikalaUK said:

I've heard of Gujaratis having these names, never apne. 

I once worked with a Harshit, the guy was obviously embarrassed by his name and abbreviated it to just Harsh. 

😂

Some of them have "Singh" after the forename. Granted, none of them were keshdharis.

 

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32 minutes ago, proudkaur21 said:

Sikhs had such beautiful names  Baghel singh, Zorawer singh, Fateh Singh when did this manpreet harpreet came into being? It just shows cultural decadence.

There's nothing wrong with the preet, pal, inder names. It was just the fashion from the 1950s - 1990s. Any they're better than the Jayden, Ethan, Keira, Sienna that a lot of apne in the west are choosing nowadays. The ones that do go for Indian names usually do go for older names like you've mentioned. These things go around in circles like most fashions. 

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8 hours ago, proudkaur21 said:

Sikhs had such beautiful names  Baghel singh, Zorawer singh, Fateh Singh when did this manpreet harpreet came into being? It just shows cultural decadence.

I have noticed these names are coming back into trend.

And names like Fateh and Ekam are very common too. 

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On 8/6/2022 at 9:04 AM, MisterrSingh said:

Har5hit, Hardik, etc. The "Har" aspect is self explanatory and not uncommon, but what's the craic with "5hit" and "dik"?

ਹਾਰਦਿਕ (Haardik) means "from the heart". People commonly use the word in phrases like ਹਾਰਦਿਕ ਸੁਆਗਤ (hearty welcome) or ਹਾਰਦਿਕ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ (hearty thanks).

I don't see anything wrong with that name.

The other, I don't know about. What's the way they spell it in Gurmukhi?

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15 hours ago, MisterrSingh said:

I preferred Punjabi names even prior to the "Preet", "Pal", "Inder", etc., Punjabi etymological movement of the 1960s onward, lol.

Old ones were fine, too. The prefix/suffix names are fine, if parents give a thought to what prefix you are applying. I mean, some of those names have no recognizable meaning, others have no recognizable Gurmat meaning.

15 hours ago, MisterrSingh said:

It's sad that we'll never see young Sikhs with names likes Manmohan, Harbans, etc.

Once these become extinct, some parents will use them again, I think.

When a name becomes too common, you lose all thought of the beautiful meanings of such names, and I think that's what happened with them, they became old and tired:

ਮਨ-ਮਹੋਨ: The One who enchants

ਹਰ-ਬੰਸ: Of the lineage of God

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