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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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10 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.

Umm, you surely realize that Man-preet and Har-Preet exist in Gurbani, right?

Here's just one for Har-Preet:
ਹਰਿ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਲਗਾਈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਖਾਈ ਭ੍ਰਮੁ ਚੂਕਾ ਆਵਣੁ ਜਾਣੁ ਜੀਉ ॥

He embraces love for God (Har-Preet) and God's Name becomes his helper and his wanderings, comings and going come to an end. p243

If you've ever recited Sukhmani Sahib, you know that Man-Preet is used by Guru Arjan Dev ji:

ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪੈ ਨਾਨਕ ਮਨਿ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ॥੮॥੧੨॥
p278
(O, Guru) Nanak, He who repeats the Name with love in the mind (Man-Preet).

Baghel and Zorawar are great names, but Manpreet and Harpreet are not signs of decay.

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16 hours ago, ChardikalaUK said:

Names like Arshdeep and Sukhdeep should also be avoided in the west. 

I disagree, bro. Parents should name their children what they would like to, but they don't need to be afraid of "Oh, what will the gore say!"

I mean, gore have names like:

Di-ck (short for Richard, means ਲਿੰਗ in slang)

Randy (short for Randolph, means sexually excited in British slang)

People have last names Koch and Weiner (means pe n is in slang).

Asians have last name Ling (means pe n is in Punjabi).

If they're not ashamed, why should we be ashamed to be named "lamp of the heavens" or "lamp of peace"?

 

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1 hour ago, BhForce said:

Umm, you surely realize that Man-preet and Har-Preet exist in Gurbani, right?

Here's just one for Har-Preet:
ਹਰਿ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਲਗਾਈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਖਾਈ ਭ੍ਰਮੁ ਚੂਕਾ ਆਵਣੁ ਜਾਣੁ ਜੀਉ ॥

He embraces love for God (Har-Preet) and God's Name becomes his helper and his wanderings, comings and going come to an end. p243

If you've ever recited Sukhmani Sahib, you know that Man-Preet is used by Guru Arjan Dev ji:

ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪੈ ਨਾਨਕ ਮਨਿ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ॥੮॥੧੨॥
p278
(O, Guru) Nanak, He who repeats the Name with love in the mind (Man-Preet).

Baghel and Zorawar are great names, but Manpreet and Harpreet are not signs of decay.

What I mean is the names are so similar like majority of Punjabi have names like gurpreet harpreet harinder. Old school names are barely used. Its just weird to have majority of names sound so similar. The names are not an issue its the fact that literally majority of the names are so similar with no variation

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1 minute ago, proudkaur21 said:

What I mean is the names are so similar like majority of Punjabi have names like gurpreet harpreet harinder. Old school names are barely used. Its just weird to have majority of names sound so similar. The names are not an issue its the fact that literally majority of the names are so similar with no variation

Ok, yeah, because a lot of them are same-ish, people lose appreciation for that, I can see that. Gur-Preet is fine because we're supposed have love of Guru ji.

A lot of other prefix/suffix names are undecipherable because parents just threw together syllables without a thought to the meaning.

There are a lot of non-suffix names available if parents would bother to read Gurbani and other Sikh literature.

Or even ordinary Punjabi words, like ਰੰਗੀਨ (Rungeen, colorful).

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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"?

OK, I figured out what Har5hit means.

The base shows up in Gurbani as ਹਰਖ and ਹਰਸ (harkh and haras).

It means happiness, delight.

 

ਦਰਸਨ ਪਰਸਨ ਸਰਸਨ ਹਰਸਨ ਰੰਗਿ ਰੰਗੀ ਕਰਤਾਰੀ ਰੇ ॥੧॥

On beholding and touching it, I am sweetened and delighted. It is imbued with creator's love. p404

ਹਰਖੁ ਸੋਗੁ ਸਭੁ ਮੋਹੁ ਗਵਾਇਆ ॥
harakh sog sabh moh gavaia .p122 

Happiness sadness and attachment were all lost.

 

ਹਰਸ਼ਿਤ would be the adjectival form and simply means happy or delighted. Like ਅਨੰਦ -> ਅਨੰਦਿਤ.

 

If you want to name your child "Happy" you can use an alternative form such as Harkhit, which would mean the same thing because sh can become kh in Punjabi. (Often not so for Hindi/Sanskrit). There doesn't seem to be a reason for a Punjabi to use a Hindi form, unless they are self-haters.

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