Ananda is a beautiful name. It's Sanskrit and ancient, a fresh alternative to the overused Amanda. Plus, it means (at least according to Madeleine L'Engle's "A Swiftly Tilting Planet") "the joy without which the world would fall into chaos". Who could ask for more?

Pronounced /ah NON da/ (not like Amanda), this name means 'joy; happiness' in Sanskrit.

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