The meaning of ‘Kunal‘ is ‘one with beautiful eyes‘ or ‘someone who sees beauty in everything‘. It used to mean ‘Lotus‘ in early Sanskrit, the word ‘Kunal’ was later on dropped from Sanskrit.

King Ashok named his son Kunal after a Himalayan bird which had beautiful eyes.


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Anyone who has great searching skills
Anyone who has good knowledge of Hindi
Everyone who is reading this

Subject: Your skills put to test.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I require your skills to resolve a matter that has been pestering me for ages, well almost 23 years to be precise. You would agree that your name is your identity. Your name is your calling card, literally.

My problem is thus, I do not know the meaning of my name – Kunal. I have asked everyone I know. No results. I went through online Hindi-dictionaries, I googled, I went through wikipedia, I even stopped being loyal to Google for a while and searched on Yahoo! too *shudders* You can imagine my frustration when I just keyed in my name on all Firefox-integrated-searches. Although I expected nothing of that futile exercise, but still I went through what was retrieved and I was astounded to find that three pictures have been made by my name! Finally! *sighs in relief* IMDb sheds some light on the darkness shrouding my name. I found that Kunal was the name of a son of Ashoka. But there the trail went cold. No more clues, nothing, zero, zilch, nada (ok, ok I’ll stop!)

So this is my appeal to you all. Help me in finding the meaning of my name!

Thank you,

P.S: As soon as I posted this, I found that the meaning of Kunal is ‘Lotus Flower’. At last! πŸ™‚ A search spanning 23 years is over!


58 Responses to “Name-Game”

  1. 1 anon January 13, 2006 at 6:48 pm

    you are cool-nal( ug2k3 grp-I would swear by it)

  2. 2 anonymous January 14, 2006 at 2:20 am

    kuye naal πŸ˜€

  3. 3 rastogi January 14, 2006 at 12:23 pm

    how did you finally find out?

  4. 4 Kunal January 15, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    @anon, thanks.. πŸ˜€ I did not know I had such an impact on that group! I am honoured!

    @rastogi, I added the key word Sanskrit in search and found out.. πŸ™‚

  5. 5 Rakesh Kumar January 16, 2006 at 8:56 am

    that one is good … “Kuye Naal” Kunal… bole to “a lotus in the well” πŸ™‚

  6. 6 kunal February 3, 2006 at 1:15 am

    Hi Kunal.
    My name is also kunal and i also did the same search for my name like you did. But i went on to libraries along with web got the following information…

    Kunal is in sanskrit and was meant “lotus”.
    It was only in early sanskrit, later kamal was more frequently used of lotus ! later it was dropped from the list of words that hindi inherits from sanskrit. So there is no word in hindi means kunal.

    Also kunal is the name for a himalayan bird (himlayan sniper, if i remember it right) which has beautiful blue eyes. It was after seeing this bird, emperor ashok named his son as kunal (who later left the throne to become sage.)

    Also, according to hindu mythology, there was the great devotee of vishnu whose name was kunal. There is the place in uttranchanl, india called “kunal pathri” where he summon vishnu just on his own will of devotion hence proving devotee is stronger than god itself.

    So, thats the history of name kunal….
    hope it helps..

  7. 7 kunal February 3, 2006 at 1:36 am

    another addition to my last comment !!

    you will not find kunal meaning as lotus in current sanskrit dictionaries. which implies that kunal word is dropped from sanskrit too..

    but sanskrit dictionary still shows it as a kind of bird.

    go to this link.
    -> select lanugae as sanskrit.
    -> search for “kunal” as substring.


  8. 8 Kunal February 3, 2006 at 8:45 am

    Kunal, thanks a lot for the information… πŸ™‚ I never knew there is also a bird by that name!

  9. 9 Kunal February 4, 2006 at 8:40 am

    More !!

    It means the one with Beautiful Eyes …..

    and “the one who sees beauty in everything “

  10. 10 abhimanyu February 20, 2006 at 2:19 pm


    Anyone who has good knowledge of Hindi
    Everyone who is reading this

    Subject: Meaning of the name.

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    My problem is same as that of Kunal. My name is Abhimanyu and i am not able to find the meaning of my name.
    If somebody knows the meaning of my name then plzz do tell me.


    • 11 abhimanyu May 25, 2010 at 6:41 am

      I had done a bit of research and from having no meaning at all ended with many meanings bit them being
      Heroic, one with self respect, unassilable so basically i feel it should have meant something like a warrior

      • 12 abhimanyugullu May 17, 2011 at 7:55 am

        It means one who wishes for war or eveready to fight..maybe becoz as this name was in Mahabharatha the people at tht time always select names connected with war. Means – a problem/situation, which is very easy to get into, but almost impossible to get out of!…

        • 13 abhimanyugullu May 17, 2011 at 7:55 am

          Name Meaning and Origin of Abhimanyu The baby name Abhimanyu is Sanskrit in origin and it’s meaning is one who has self-respect. In the Mahabharat, Abhimanyu was the heroic son of Arjun and Subhadra, and nephew of Krishna. …

  11. 14 kunal goel February 26, 2006 at 2:09 pm

    plz send me the meaning of kunal

  12. 15 Dan March 2, 2006 at 8:55 am

    hey abhimanu- i read this article an went searching. I fouind out what abhay means and what manu means and stuck the deffinitions together to get “fearless man.” However, I don not know if thins is possible in Hindi, I’m just a high school student. I found your plea, for I have a friend named Kunal and wanted to know its meaing. Hope this helps, again I don’t really know much about Hindi and just did some basic research to get what i found. Have fun finding more about your name!

  13. 16 Abhimanyu sharma March 10, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    Dear Abhimanyu,
    as we share the same last name so here is the meaning of our name fr u //one who remains in the midst of wisdom’, a very intelligent person. It also means a person who always defends his honour.

  14. 17 Abhimanyu sharma March 10, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    Dear Abhimanyu,
    as we share the same last name so here is the meaning of our name fr u //one who remains in the midst of wisdom’, a very intelligent person. It also means a person who always defends his honour.

  15. 18 Kunal April 23, 2006 at 12:32 pm

    Hey buddy,

    Thanks A Lot Mate,
    For All the Info. I Was Jus Searching The Meaning Of My Name And The first result was this post. This has really helped me aswell.. cause even I Have Been Searching Through Countless Web Sites And Dictionaries,
    Cheers Mate,
    KuNaL (DJ DeSi)

  16. 19 paresh April 24, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    i never knew you and your honours guide shared this meaning πŸ˜› lolz

  17. 20 kunal May 18, 2006 at 9:59 am

    finally after a lucky meeting with sanskrit scholar at jaipur, my biggest misconception that kunal means lotus is resolved. There is no proof that kunal means lotus in sanskrit ! It means “Bird with beautiful eyes” Or “One with beautiful eyes” . Details on my blog.

  18. 21 Kunal June 15, 2006 at 11:35 pm

    umm ok guys, my name is Kunal, from what my grandmothers sister told me many years ago (she was a holy woman) Kunal means “Brightness of the Family” (in short) something to do with “roots” …

  19. 22 Surabhi June 30, 2006 at 4:25 am

    Good work Kunal for all that research. I am considering kunal as one of the names for my soon-to-arrive baby and so was looking for its meaning.
    It is interesting to know that the internet is not always correct – actually I have also seen different sites giving different meanings for the same name many times – but in today’s world people take it to be the final word.
    Hope other people who are looking for the meaning of kunal, see your site before looking up other sites where kunal still means lotus.
    All the best for your future,

  20. 23 Kunal September 4, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    Can anyone help me to get the picture of bird “Kunal” ?
    I have searched a lot but could not get/

  21. 24 Sooghandrie September 14, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    Kindly help me find the meaning of my tamil name

  22. 25 Sooghandrie September 14, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    Hi, All my name is Sooghandrie….kindly help me find the meaning of my tamil name.
    Thank you
    Take Care

  23. 26 kunal September 20, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    i’m really influenced by the meaning………

  24. 27 Aniruddh October 8, 2006 at 3:49 pm

    Abhimanyu was a character in the mahabharata who took up a lot of risk & fought.due to his sacrifice,the pandavas could win the war

  25. 28 kunal thakker October 31, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    Dear all,

    thanks for all your efforts, however can any one support with actual reference/photos/name of the books as to what kunal actully means, i also tried to search the bird himalayan sniper but nothing as if it doesnot exist. please give me something solid if you have.

    thanks again



    PS: i think that all name dont need to have meanings but if there is one then you should know for sure what it means. but if there is nothing sure then i think its better to leave it at that.

  26. 29 Mithun December 18, 2006 at 2:56 pm


  27. 30 Krunal January 6, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Hello all,
    I ve been searchin the same and found the same results for the name “Kunal”…but was wondering whats the meaning of “Krunal”. Is it same…


  28. 31 Bhibatsu February 3, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    Abhimanyu was a hero from the Mahabharata and Kuruksetra war yes, but the Pandavas winning the war had nothing to do with Abhimanyu although his sacrifice was valiant. The Pandavas won because they protected Virtue, so Dharma protected them. It was God’s will that they won, and to know that is knowledge.
    Abhayam means fearless, and it is said in the Bhagavad Gita that only the fully surrendered souls are capable of fearlessness.
    I do not know the meaning of Manyu but I suspect it has to do with Manu, the progenitor of Mankind, so I would agree with the previous statement of Abhimanyu meaning “fearless man”.
    Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna and Subhadra sister of Krsna, contended at the age of 16 against 7 atirathas simultaneously. A maharatha was a warrior who could alone fight 10,000 men, and atiratha could fight limitless men because he could kill them faster than they could run to him. All of the 7, Bhishma, Drona, Kripa, Karna, Ashvataama, Dushashana, and Duryodhana were atirathas. Abhimanyu’s charioteer advised him not to enter the enemy’s formation, the chakravyuha. Abhimanyu laughed and said “O charioteer, who is this Drona? Who indeed are all these ksatriyas supporting him? I would fight with Indra mounted on Airavata and attended by the immortals. How are these foes competant to fight a battle with even a 16th part of me? I, who have the world-conquering Vishnu as my uncle and the famous Arjuna as my father, will not quake with terror at the sight of any enemy within the 3 worlds. Drive on O Sumitra. Make straight for Drona.”
    This was not battle lust or pride speaking but rather in the absence of his father, no one but he could break the chakravyuha formation. So he rose to the challenge for his elders depended upon him. Even though outnumbered, he did not retreat.
    People talk about fame today but they have no idea what is fame. Bush will be forgotten in 50 years, and no one will remember Arnold Schwarzeneggar in 50 years. But 5300 years later the world remembers Abhimanyu for his valor, his fearlessnes, his duty, and his dedication as a servant of God.

  29. 32 Krunal February 16, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    can anyone help me to know the meaning of ma name…??

  30. 33 kunal February 20, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks to you…I came to know the meaning of my name which happens to be ..Kunal.

  31. 34 kunal February 20, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Krunal,

    Your name may be the same as “kunal” which with time was pronounced that way by certain area of people.

    Just like british and american english is different.

    colour- color

    flavour -flavor.

    that’s what i think.

    get the picture?

  32. 35 Krunalee February 20, 2007 at 11:53 pm


    Thats really cool!! I didnot know that Kunal meant “one with beautiful eyes”. My name is Krunalee (derivative from Kunal/Krunal ????) and i have been trying to search the meaning of my name since ages. I have googled it but was unsuccessful. It would be nice if any of you can throw some light on it!!! πŸ™‚

    – Krunalee

  33. 36 Kunal March 5, 2007 at 9:39 am

    i didnt get beautiful eyes like above words, but certainly i like the name. thanks to my parents!

    – kunal

  34. 37 Kunal Arora March 14, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Hmm.. finally a meaning to my name..thanks guys

  35. 38 Mithun April 2, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    I want to know the meaning of my name mithun

  36. 39 Abhimanyu Sharma April 21, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Hey guys, thanks for the describing what my name really means. Till now, I was under the impression that it might just be a name without any meaning behind it. But now I know that abhimanyu means “fearless man”.
    Thanks to all of you folks.

  37. 40 Kunal Gupta May 24, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    Hello Kunal,
    Thanks yar, i was also searching the meaning of my name as i am also Kunal, u ended my search thanks buddy.


  38. 41 kunal c September 22, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Thanx for the meanig of my name and plz tell me the meaning of name NAMITA

  39. 42 manyu December 2, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    please tell me the exact meaning of my name.. I know there are lots of work in sanskrit with my name. I am well versed in one of them. the Manyu sooktam

  40. 43 Kunal Sheth December 22, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Hey guys thnx a lot for taking efforts in finding meaning to the name Kunal.
    Finally, all those who will now try to search meaning to Kunal will surely get a result on google(Even i was the one!).

  41. 44 harinarayan December 31, 2007 at 1:00 am

    plz tell me meaning of my name-HARINARAYAN in detailL….i want to know the meaning of my name…..

  42. 45 Krunalraj February 29, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Hello Sir,
    My case is somewhat same like Kunal…I searched the meaning of my name,but i dint get it..
    PLs,tell me the meaning of “KRUNALRAJ”….

    Krunalraj A.

  43. 46 ishu May 28, 2008 at 12:57 am

    plz neone tell me the meaning of name “namita”

  44. 47 kunal September 30, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Tks fpr every one who share the ideas with every one i would like to thank to all my friends who struggle a lot to find the name KUNAL

  45. 48 Kunal Mahajan October 7, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Hi I am also Kunal. I wanted to know my name’s meaning.
    But now I am satisfied.

  46. 49 Kunal November 12, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    hmm well i’ve got beautiful eyes.. I agree wiv the meaning!
    lol i just love ma name.. wish u all the best guyz πŸ˜‰

  47. 50 kunal mathur February 1, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    hey guys,
    another kunal on the all, we have a himalyan bird with our name?? that too one with BLUE EYES, how cool is that man……….all us kunal’s must be givin each other a hi5 man.
    As for that location called kunal pathri, i gotta give it to him man, that was one thing no one could find even on google, though to be honest kunal pathri sounds more like kidney stone to a certail Kunal.

    Anyways, how come no one asked about the movies kunal was talkin about, tell us more, we got MOVIES on our name?????

    Kunal Mathur
    “one who sees beauty in everything,perhaps by ignoring the ugly”

  48. 51 kunal mathur February 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    oh by the way, Krunaali……can we go out for a coffee or somethin, we even share a name !!!!!

  49. 52 Kunsl February 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Hey, I am glad you put this up. My name is Kunal too, and I was looking for the meaning. Again, thanks

  50. 53 krunal bhadra September 24, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    hello guys,
    the meaning of krunal is compassionate and kind is taken from the sanskrit word karuna.Those of krunal name can now get releif from it.bye all

  51. 54 Rowena Abracosa Decena March 20, 2010 at 7:22 am

    I have a friend by the name of KUNAL. when i saw him the first time, i noticed he has a very beautiful eyes. but not only the eyes, but the lips. i rememberes, i became a good friend to him. i was like a mother. i was like a teacher(actually am a licensed teacher in my country and a law graduate too.) to him. everytime, he gets emorionally pertubed, i tried to pacify and relax him by giving some advice and soothing lines for his perturbed mind.
    kunal, if you do not know the meaning of your name and have tried a lot of searching, do not bother, for while you are able to live on earth, you will try to know your inner self.knowing ones person is a very gradual process. and you have to enjoy it.try to be a good person. and if you are good now. try to be better than what you are now. and you will realize in the end, that it is really very gratifying to have a name identified from the rest of the names in this whole wide world. kunal means a boy who has a very beautiful eyes who sees beauty in everything.Be a boy with and live a beautiful life. WENG

  52. 55 Rowena Abracose Decena March 20, 2010 at 7:30 am

    I am apologizing for some mispelled words kunal.weng again.

  53. 57 kunal February 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    hi my name is kunal i want to know meaning of my name in arabic language pls help me out

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