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Gendermale, female as Pankaj
Meaninglotus flower
Region of originIndia, Nepal

Pankaj is a Hindu given name, common in India and Nepal. It has its roots in the Sanskrit word paṅkaja which refers to the lotus flower. The word is a compound of paṅka 'mud' and the suffix -ja 'born from, growing in'.[1] The associated symbolism is of the lotus that is born in mud and blossoms after arising from mud. The lotus flower is also the national flower of India and is considered to be a symbol of Buddhist teaching (cf. Nalanda).

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  1. ^ This is a shortened form of the root jan- 'to live', which is cognate with Pashto -zai and Persian -zad.