Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Bodhi

Bodhi is a Hindu name, from the Sanskrit Bodhi (बोधि) meaning “awakened, enlightened”. It’s actually an abstract Buddhist concept referring to a Buddha and his follower’s awareness and understanding of the nature of the universe, and the specific spiritual awakening attained by such knowledge. The Buddhist belief system sees the interdependencies of the universe and believes in the karmic existence and suffering of people in the material world (as represented through birth and rebirth). The notion of Bodhi is about one’s liberation from the perpetual cycle of reincarnation and the termination of karmic sufferings through one’s awakening (or enlightenment). It may be best described as the total absence of ego and self-centeredness. In Buddhist tradition, underneath the sacred Bodhi Tree in India is where Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha (the founder of Buddhism circa the 5th century B.C.) is said to have achieved bodhi (perfect enlightenment) after nearly 50 days of meditation. In other words, it’s the achievement of Nirvana. Buddha’s awakening is characterized by his insight into his past lives, his insights into karma and reincarnation and his knowledge of the “Four Noble Truths”: 1) insight into the truth of dukkha (suffering, dissatisfaction); 2) insight into the origins of dukkha (cravings, ignorance); 3) insight into the cessation of dukkha (liberation from suffering and desires); and, finally, 4) insight into the path of truth. Once bodhi is achieved, reincarnation ceases and the karmic journey ends at Nirvana. Of course Buddhism is a highly abstract and complex spiritual belief system which splinters in various directions but, in general, this is the abridged version of the concept of bodhi. It’s about liberation, pure knowledge and complete enlightenment. Buddhism believes the final and pure state of bodhi lies within us all; it does not discriminate (a claim not many “religions” can make). Bodhi is indeed a lovely notion and a fine aspiration for all Homo sapiens.

All About the Baby Name – Bodhi

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME BODHI

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME BODHI

As a masculine given name Bodhi first appeared on the American charts in 2010. Probably not a coincidence, 2010 happened to be the same year actor Oliver Hudson (brother of Kate Hudson and son of Goldie Hawn) named his second son Bodhi Hawn Hudson on March 19. Again not a coincidence, Oliver was raised with Buddhist spiritual philosophies thanks to Goldie Hawn’s conversion in the early 1970s; he also had a Buddhist monk preside over his marriage ceremony. So clearly this is no Hollywood trend – the guy is rooted in this stuff. It’s no wonder he considered the original name Bodhi for his son. We think it’s totally unique, totally meaningful, totally positive, and, like, totally Eastern cool. We would recommend, however, that you follow the Buddhist way if you choose the name Bodhi for your own son. Otherwise you and your son might appear like “wannabes”.

Quick Facts

ON BODHI

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

810

PRONUNCIATION:

BOH-dee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Awakening, awareness, understanding, enlightenment

Characteristics

OF BODHI

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Bodhi

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME BODHI

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ON BODHI

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Famous People

NAMED BODHI

Bodhi Elfman (actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED BODHI

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME BODHI

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