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Some Common Tibetan Names and Their Meanings

Name Pronunciation* Meaning
Chodak CHÖ-dahk Dharma Spreader
Choden CHÖ-den One who is devout, religious
Choegyal CHÖ-gyel Dharma king
Choejor CHÖ-jor Spiritual wealth
Chophel CHÖ-pel The flourishing of the Dharma
Dawa DAH-wah Moon, Monday
Dhargey DAR-gyeh Progress, development, spreading
Dorje DOR-jeh Vajra (Skt.), something indestructible that can cut through anything, often equated with "diamond" or "thunderbolt"
Duga DOO-gah  
Gyaltsen GYEL-tsen Victory Banner
Jampa JAHM-pah Loving-kindness (Tibetan name for the Buddha Maitreya)
Jamyang JAHM-yahng Gentle voice (Tibetan name for the Bodhisattva Manjushri)
Jinpa JIN-pah Generosity (one of the Six Perfections)
Jungney JOONG-nay Source, origin
Kalsang KEL-sahng Good fortune
Karma KAR-mah Action, deed
Kunchen KÜN-chen All-knowing
Lhundup HLÜN-d(r)oop Spontaneously accomplished
Lobsang LO-sahng Noble-minded
Ngawang NGAH-wahng Powerful speech
Ngodup NGÖ-d(r)oop Attainment, accomplishment
Norbu NOR-boo Jewel
Palden PEL-den Glorious
Pema PEH-mah Lotus
Phuntsok PÜN-tsok Excellence
Rabten RAHB-ten Steadfast
Rinchen RIN-chen Precious, gem (lit: great value)
Samdup SAHM-d(r)oop Fulfillment (of one's wishes)
Sangye SAHN-gyeh Buddha
Sonam SÖ-nahm Merit
Tashi TAH-shee Auspicious, fortunate
Tenzin TEN-zin Holder of the teachings
Thekchen TEK-chen Mahayana
Thokmay TOK-meh Unobstructed, unhindered
Thubten TOOB-ten The Buddha's teaching
Tinley T(R)IN-leh Enlightened activity
Tsering TSEH-ring Long life
Tseten TSEH-ten Stable life
Tsewang TSEH-wahng Life empowerment
Wangchuk WAHNG-chook Lord, mighty
Wangdak WAHNG-dahk  
Wangdue WAHNG-doo Subduer
Yama YAH-mah
Yonten YÖN-ten Good qualities

* The (r) signifies a slight "r" sound.