|Related Names:||Padmakali, Padmakant, Padmaketu, Padmaksha, Padman, Padme, Padmil, Padmini|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Padma comes from a Sanskrit word that means "lotus," and when pronounced with a long "a" at the end, it takes on the meaning "lotus-hued."
It may derive from a Tibetan chant, Om Mani Padme Hum, which may be translated as "the jewel is in the lotus."
In the United States, Padma is an uncommon name. It has not appeared on the list of top 1000 baby names during any recorded year.
Padma is a more common name in other countries, such as India, but name statistics for those other countries are not readily available.
- In Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children, the narrator has this to say about the name Padma:
- "Poor Padma. Things are always getting her goat. Perhaps even her name: understandably enough, since her mother told her, when she was only small, that she had been named after the lotus goddess, whose most common appellation amongst village folk is 'The One Who Possesses Dung'...She is particularly angry with my remarks about her name. 'What do you know, city boy?' she cried— hand slicing the air. 'In my village there is no shame in being named for the Dung Goddess. Write at once that you are wrong, completely.' In accordance with my lotus's wishes, I insert, forthwith, a brief paean to Dung."
- There is very little to be found to substantiate Rushdie's translation of the name.
- Padme Amidala: Star Wars princess
- Padma Patil: twin to Parvati Patil in the Harry Potter series
- Padma: the narrator's plump, obnoxious, but loving wife in Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children
- Padma Khanna: actress
- Padma Lakshmi: actress, model, cookbook author, former wife of author Salman Rushdie (born September 1, 1970)
- Padma Newsome: composer
- Padma Perea: writer
- Padma Venkatraman: author
Author: Sarena Emily Levinson
|Pronunciation||pad-MAY, pad-MAH +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Padmakali +, Padmakant +, Padmaketu +, Padmaksha +, Padman +, Padme +, Padmil +, and Padmini +|