Choosing a Khmer name for your baby

This is one of the most important topics, especially for those who would soon become parents of your brilliant baby. First thing first, you usually spend a lot of time doing research online and offline into the meaning of the name, especially a Khmer name. In this blog post, you’d learn about the Cambodian names popularly chosen by Khmer parents.

Traditional and trend

While old Cambodian names are based on pure Khmer language, or Pali, or Sanskrit, the new generation of Cambodian parents take on a new trend. Naming their baby English name is nothing new, but trendy.

Popular Khmer names like Sokha, Sokchea, Sothea, Sopheap, Sok, or Sao embed the meaning of happiness and healthy. Other Khmer names like Sreyleak, Leakhena, Bopha, or Neary give the characteristics of the female baby. These given names have been in use for many decades among Cambodian people. Culturally educated Cambodians or Khmer intellectuals tend to be highly creative with the way they name their children. These Khmer names literally mean intellectual. For example, Puthi, Panha (Pagna), Kati, Bandit, and Udom.

Samnang (luck), Sambath (fortune), Leap (also luck), Samkhan (vital), are Serey (freedom) also some of the most popular Khmer names.

Usually, these Cambodian names set the difference of the gender.

A list of popular Khmer names for your baby boy

  • Chan, Chantra
  • Chea
  • Makara (January)
  • Kakada (July)
  • Seila or Sela
  • Sopheak, Sopheaktra
  • Sothea, Sothearith, Sotheara
  • Udom or Oudom
  • Vireak or Virak

Khmer names for your baby girl

  • Bopha (flower)
  • Chantrea (moon)
  • Kongkea (water
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