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Gender Male
Word/name Indian
Meaning complete, universal
Other names
Related names Akhila, Akhil

Nikhil (Sanskrit: निखिल) is a Sanskrit word. It is frequently used in Nepali, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, and other Sanskrit-derived languages. It means a man who is "Complete" or "Universal" and "Resilient". It refers to 'Complete' as without boundary, whereas 'Complete' with boundary is described by the name Akhil. The name may also refer to 'Perfection' or 'One who is perfect in all aspects'.

The literal translation for Nikhil in Sanskrit means "One who is free from bondage or the obstacles imposed by Prakruti (the operative aspect of Bramha) viz. Time, Space and Causation.

Sanskrit fragmentation of the word yields: Ni (without) + Kh (sky or boundary) + L (agreed or liked). It can sometimes refer to "Perfection" or "Perfectionism". It also means "Complete" or "Whole". It also refers to Lord Brahma, Vishnu and also Mahesh.

Also the word "Nikhil" came in old ayurveda samhitas[disambiguation needed] like Sushruta Samhita, where it denotes the meaning "entire".

Notable people named Nikhil[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Nikhil Bains, character in Postman Pat
  • Nikhil Sharma, character in the British soap opera Emmerdale
  • Nikhil Ganguli, (born Gogol Ganguli), protagonist of novel, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
  • Nikhil Patel, Pi Patel's son in Life of Pi

See also[edit]

  • Akilan, similar name with Tamil structure
  • Akhil, another name with similar etymological structure