common indonesian names

Indonesians give their children the best names they can think of. They take names very seriously. Parents consider what the name means and how it sounds.

They aim for the graceful names and give them to their children. They firmly believe that a name is the parent’s prayer given to a child.

Common Indonesian Names

In this article, we’ll take a look at the most common yet beautiful Indonesian names, as well as their meanings.

For Boys

  • Abdul – servant of the powerful
  • Adi – first
  • Aditya – names of the Hindu gods who are Aditi’s children
  • Agung – large, great
  • Ahmad – more commendable
  • Ali -sublime, lofty
  • Amir – commander, prince
  • Arif – expert, knowing, learned
  • Bagus – excellent, handsome
  • Bambang – knight
  • Bayu – wind
  • Buana – the world
  • Budi – reason, mind, character
  • Cahaya – light
  • Cahyo – light
  • Darma – duty, good deed
  • Daud – Indonesian for ‘David’
  • Dian – candle
  • Dwi – two, second
  • Eka – one, first
  • Fajar – dawn, morning
  • Guntur – thunder
  • Harta – treasure, wealth, property
  • Hasan – handsome
  • Hidayat -guidance
  • Ibrahim – Indonesian for ‘Abraham’
  • Ilham – inspiration
  • Iman – faith
  • Iskandar – Indonesian for ‘Alexander’
  • Jusuf – Indonesian for ‘Yusuf’
  • Kadek – younger sibling
  • Ketut – small banana (usually given to the fourth child)
  • Komang – meaning unknown (usually given to the third-born)
  • Krisna – Indonesian for ‘Krishna’
  • Kusuma – flower
  • Kuwat – strong
  • Lufti – gentle, kind
  • Made – middle
  • Mahmud – praiseworthy
  • Mansur – victorious
  • Mega – cloud
  • Muhamad – Indonesian for ‘Muhammad’
  • Muhammad – praiseworthy
  • Nur – light
  • Nurul – a light of religion
  • Nyoman – end, remainder
  • Purnama – full moon
  • Putra – son
  • Putu – grandchild
  • Raharjo – plentiful, abundant
  • Rahman – -merciful
  • Raja – king, ruler
  • Ratna – jewel, treasure
  • Reza – love of justice, hope
  • Rizky – blessings
  • Setiawan – loyal friend
  • Slamet – safety
  • Sri – Indonesian for ‘Shri’
  • Suharto – good, wealth, property
  • Surya – sun
  • Tirta – sacred water, place of pilgrimage
  • Wahyu – revelation
  • Wayan – energy, age, strength (Often given to the first-born_
  • Wibawa – authority, power
  • Wira – hero
  • Yuda – war

For Girls

  • Adelia – noble
  • Agnes – chaste, pure, holy
  • Alya – sky, loftiness, heaven
  • Aminah -feeling safe, the name of Muhammad’s mother
  • Annisa – lady
  • Anita – gracious
  • Batari – goddess
  • Bulan – moon
  • Cahaya – light
  • Cinta – love
  • Citra – image
  • Dea – god-given
  • Della – clear
  • Dewi – goddess
  • Dian – divine
  • Dita – happy warfare
  • Dwi – second, two
  • Eka – first, one
  • Elsa – god has sworn
  • Erika – ruler of the law
  • Eva – life
  • Evi – life-giving
  • Fatimah – to abstain (also, it was the name of one of Prophet Muhammad’s daughters)
  • Fitri – purity
  • Hana – bud, blossom
  • Ilham -inspiration
  • Iman – faith
  • Indah – beautiful
  • Intan – diamond
  • Kadek – younger sibling
  • Karina – pure, clean
  • Kartika – the shining star
  • Kasih – love
  • Ketut – small banana
  • Komang – often given to the third born
  • Kusuma – flower
  • Lestari – abiding, eternal
  • Linda – shield of linden wood
  • Made -middle
  • Mawar – rose
  • Mega – cloud
  • Melati – jasmine flower
  • Mutia – generous, liberal
  • Nadia – hope
  • Nanda – full of joy, achiever
  • Nur – light
  • Nurul – a light of religion
  • Nyoman – remainder, end
  • Purnama – full moon
  • Putri – daughter, princess
  • Putu – grandchild
  • Rani – song
  • Ratna – jewel, treasure
  • Ratu – queen
  • Rini – clean
  • Sari – essence
  • Siti – woman
  • Sri – illuminating beauty
  • Tasya – resurrection
  • Theresia – woman working at the harvest
  • Tiara – crown
  • Tika – protector of the people
  • Tirta – a place of pilgrimage, sacred water
  • Tri – three, third
  • Vina – lute
  • Viona – white
  • Wangi – fragrant
  • Wati – woman
  • Wayan – strength, energy, age
  • Winda – hunter
  • Yuli – youthful

The common Indonesian names listed above are just some of the many others in the country. If you travel here, you will learn a whole lot more.

You may have noticed that most of the names are repeated for boys and girls. These are unisex names. In fact, it can be confusing sometimes since a lot of common Indonesian names are unisex in nature. In the end, it will be up to you what you want to name your child and what ‘prayer’ you want for them.

Another thing is the presence of Malay, Arabic, Javanese, Urdu and Bosnian words. This is because of the presence of many different cultures in the country. Aside from that, the official language of Indonesia – the Indonesian language is mainly based on classical Malay. It has also borrowed many words from Arabic, Dutch, Javanese, Portuguese and English.

Common Indonesian Names – Naming System

All in all, there really isn’t a thing such as an ‘Indonesian names’. However, because of the many ethnicities in the country, most names are based on the child’s ethnicity. But nowadays, most of the Indonesian population don’t follow any naming system. It’s not even common to use any last name in this country.

The Indonesian government doesn’t have any law concerning the naming of babies. If you’re in Indonesia, you can name your child just about anything – legally.

Going back to the ethnic groups and their naming systems, some members of these groups follow some rules. This is done to maintain their unique identity. Here are some.

Chinese Indonesian

These people usually have two names: an Indonesian name and a Chinese name. Their common Indonesian names are most often Arabized or Javanized form of their Chinese names. What does this mean? A person who has a Chinese surname ‘Lim’ will have this word included in their Indonesian name. It can be Limanto, Taslim or Salim.

Acehnese

This group is composed of Muslims, so Islamic names are quite common. They don’t have a naming system, but they do have hereditary titles including Teungku, Teuku, Cut and many more.

Malay

Malays most often use native words such as Bintang, Bunga, and Raja alongside Western/Arabic or other language names. Their traditional naming system follows Arabic patronymic – with or without ‘binti’ and ‘bin’.

Minangkabau

They don’t have a specific naming system, but they use Tuanku, Sutan and others as titles. They also have clan names like Koto, Chaniago, Piliang, and Bodi which are only passed down from mother to daughter.

Sundanese

Sundanese likes rhyming names. Their common Indonesian names include Yuyud Wahyudi, Yaya Sunarya, Jajat Sudrajat and many more. For the Sundanese royal family members, they have surnames – often passed down as hereditary.

And that’s it for the common Indonesian names and naming systems of the many ethnic groups present in Indonesia.

Did you like our list? Which Indonesian name was your favourite? And if you had a daughter or a son, which name would you give to him or her?