Indonesian Baby Names

Spread across a chain of thousands of islands between Asia and Australia, Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population and Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. It is highly diverse, with hundreds of linguistic and ethnic groups. Indonesian names and naming traditions reflect the multicultural nature of the more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago. Unlike Western naming traditions, most Indonesian parents pick only one name for their children, which is culturally or geographically specific. With this in mind, you will notice that the names on this list have sounds and influences diverse as their cultures and also carry powerful depth and meaning. To inspire your Indonesian baby name search, we’ve put together a list of great Indonesian baby names for boys and girls, as well as unisex names, to help you narrow the field.

 

Adinda

Origin: Indonesian, Dutch
Meaning: Sister or eldest daughter
A formal or poetic term in Indonesian, the name was used by Dutch writer Eduard Douwes Dekker for one of the characters in his story “Saïdjah and Adinda” in his 1860 novel Max Havelaar.

 

Adiratna

Origin: Indonesian, Javanese
Meaning: Beautiful jewel

 

Agung

Origin: Indonesian, Bahasa
Meaning: The great

 

Agus

Origin: Indonesian, Malay
Meaning: Handsome, excellent
Alternative form of Bagus

 

Aisyah

Origin: Indonesian, Arabic
Meaning: Happy life
Aisha was the wife of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

 

Angkasa

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: The sky
Angkasa is a last name commonly found in Indonesia among its Chinese community.

 

Aninda

Origin: Indonesian, Hindi
Meaning: Dear

 

Annisa

Origin: Indonesian, Arabic
Meaning: Friendly, friend

 

Aulia

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Leader

 

Bagus

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Handsome, excellent

 

Banyu

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Water

 

Baskoro

Origin: Indonesian, Sanskrit
Meaning: The sun

 

Basuki

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: To flourish

 

Batara

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: God
Batara (also called Bhattara Guru, Debata Batara Guru, and Batara Siwa) is the name of a supreme god in Indonesian Hinduism

 

Batari

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Goddess

 

Bayu

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Wind

 

Bejo

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Lucky

 

Bethari

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Goddess

 

Bima

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Brave

 

Bhakti

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Obedient boy

 

Bimo

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Dear

 

Budi

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Good manner, wisdom
From Sanskrit बुद्धि (buddhi) meaning “intellect” (related to Buddha).

 

Bulan

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: The moon
Associated with Tagalog mythology where Bulan was an alias for the deity, Mayari.

 

Cahya

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Light

 

Cahyo

Origin: Indonesian, Javanese
Meaning: Light
Javanese form of Cahaya

 

Candra

Origin: Indonesian, Hindi
Meaning: The moon

 

Cinta

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Love
From Sanskrit चिन्ता (chinta).

 

Cipto

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: To create

 

Citra

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Image
From Sanskrit चित्र (chitra).

 

Citro

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Image

 

Daksa

Origin: Indonesian, Hindi
Meaning: Competent

 

Darma

Origin: Indonesian, Javanese
Meaning: Good deed or duty
From Hindi

 

Dewi

Origin: Indonesian, Malay
Meaning: Goddess
Indonesian and Malay version of the Hindu devi (“goddess”). Common in the Netherlands due to the old colonial relationship between the two countries.

 

Diah

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Young female

 

Diann

Origin: Indonesian, Javanese
Meaning: A candle

 

Dinda

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Eldest daughter
Short form of Adinda

 

Dumadi

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Becoming

 

Elang

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Falcon

 

Endah

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Beautiful

 

Fadhlan

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Gift from God

 

Fauzi

Origin: Indonesian, Arabic
Meaning: Glory

 

Gesang

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Life

 

Guntur

Origin: Indonesian, Javanese
Meaning: Thunder

 

Harem

Origin: Indonesian, Arabic
Meaning: Aromatic

 

Harto

Origin: Indonesian, Javanese
Meaning: Treasure
The name is a common last name among Chinese-Indonesians.

 

Icha

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Scorpio

 

Indah

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Beautiful one
A variation of Endah.

 

Intan

Origin: Indonesian, Malay
Meaning: Diamond

 

Joyo

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Successful, victorious

 

Kemala

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Magic stone

 

Kirana

Origin: Indonesian, Hindi
Meaning: Beautiful sunbeam

 

Kulon

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: The west

 

Kusuma

Origin: Indonesian, Hindi
Meaning: Flower

 

Lestari

Origin: Indonesian, Javanese
Meaning: Eternal, abiding

 

Marshanda

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Rose

 

Mawar

Origin: Indonesian, Arabic
Meaning: Rose

 

Mega

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: The clouds

 

Mego

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Clouds

 

Melati

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Jasmine flower

 

Mentari

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: The sun

 

Merpati

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Dove

 

Murni

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Pure

 

Nabila

Origin: Indonesian, Arabic
Meaning: Lovely or kind-hearted

 

Netro

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Vision

 

Nisrina

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: White rose
 Indonesian form of the Arabic name Nasrin.

 

Novita

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Gift of god
A common girl’s name in Indonesia.

 

Nurul

Origin: Indonesian, Arabic
Meaning: Light

 

Permata

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Precious stones

 

Pramana

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Wisdom

 

Putri

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Daughter

 

Raden

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Nobility of Javanese descent
Raden is related to the Malagasy noble titles of Randriana or Andriana, both of which are derived from the word “Rahadyan” (Ra-hadi-an), meaning “Lord” or “Master” in Old Javanese.

 

Rimba

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Jungle

 

Rimbo

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Jungle

 

Roro

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Nobility

 

Sari

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Essence

 

Senen

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Monday

 

Setiawan

Origin: Indonesian, Malay
Meaning: Loyal, true

 

Sinta

Origin: Indonesian, Javanese
Meaning: Chastity
Javanese form of Sita

 

Soleh

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Religious

 

Sopan

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Polite

 

Syifa

Origin: Indonesian, Arabic
Meaning: Cure

 

Taufik

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Good fortune
Indonesian form of Arabic Tawfiq.

 

Timur

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: The east

 

Tirto

Origin: Indonesian, Javanese
Meaning: Sacred water, place of pilgrimage
Javanese form of Tirta.

 

Tri

Origin: Indonesian, Sanskrit
Meaning: Three, third

 

Widya

Origin: Indonesian, Javanese, Arabic, Sanskrit
Meaning: Knowledge, science, learning

 

Wulan

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: Moon

 

Vina

Origin: Indonesian, Sanskrit
Meaning: Lute

 

Yuda

Origin: Indonesian
Meaning: War
 From Sanskrit युद्ध (yuddha)

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