- Oct 2012
- Des Moines, Iowa
Most Hindus have names of Sanskritic origin, and on that basis are easily distinguishable from South Asian Muslims, who usually have Arabic or Persian names instead of Sanskritic names. However, the name "Roshan" seems to be a notable exception to this phenomenon. The name "Roshan" is of Persian origin, and means "light" (the Arabic equivalent is Noor, though Noor is often a female name whereas Roshan is almost exclusively a male name). Does anyone know when, and how, the name "Roshan" gained popularity among Hindus? Who is the first notable Hindu figure to have this name?