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Origin and Meaning of Vishnu

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  • According to a user from India, the name Vishnu is of Sanskrit origin and means "Name of lord Vishnu".
  • A submission from India says the name Vishnu means "All pervading Supreme Lord, Lord Narayana." and is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin.
  • A user from India says the name Vishnu is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "All pervasive".
  • A user from India says the name Vishnu is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "God's name".
  • A user from India says the name Vishnu is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "God".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Vish"nu
A divinity of the modern Hindu trimurti, or trinity. He is regarded as the preserver, while Brahma is the creator, and Siva the destroyer of the creation.

Etymology: Skr. Vishṇu, from vish to pervade., to extend through nature

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The sustainer; a Hindu divinity worshipped as the preserver of worlds

Borrowing from Sanskrit विष्णु (Víṣṇu).

  1. (Hinduism) One of the Trimurti (trinity) in Hindu mythology, and the most popularly venerated god in Hinduism. Vishnu is commonly depicted as being blue in colour and having four arms: with each hand holding either a lotus, a mace, a conch shell or Chakra weapon. Vishnu is the Supreme being or Ultimate Reality for Vaishnavas and a manifestation of Brahman in the Advaita or Smarta traditions of Hinduism.
  2. A male given name used in India.

Vishnu was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Vishnu

Vishnu Vishal is an actor, cricket, film producer, and actor/cricketer/producer. He was most prominent from 2009 to present. Vishnu was given the name Vishal Kudawla on July 17th, 1984 in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. Vishnu is also known as Vishnu.


Vishnu Manchu is an actor, director, producer, educationalist, philanthropist, and education. His most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Vishnu was given the name Manchu Vishnu Vardhan Naidu by his parent Mohan Babu on November 23rd, 1981 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


Vishnu Unnikrishnan is an actor, screenwriter, and film actor. Vishnu was born on March 11th, 1987 in Eranakulam, Kerala, India.


Vishnu Sharma is a writer.


Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande was a hindustani classical music and mewati gharana classical music and singing. He was most prominent from 1875 to 1935. Vishnu was born on August 10th, 1860 in Walkeshwar. He died on September 19th, 1936.


Vishnu Prabhakar was a writer. Vishnu was born on June 21st, 1912 in Miranpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. He passed away on April 11th, 2009.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Vishnu

Sree Vishnu is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2012. Sree was born on August 30th, 1985.


George Vishnu is an actor. He was most prominent from 1997 to present. George was given the name Murali Raj Sathish by his parents Ravichandran (Tamil actor) and Sheela in India. George is also known as George.


Andhra is also known as Śrīkākuḷāndhra Mahāviṣhṇu.


Arun was given the name Sivarajan Revamma Arun Vishnu on February 8th, 1988 in Kozhikode.


Malladi Vishnu is an MLA.


How popular is the baby name Vishnu in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1977 6 0 6
1981 7 0 7
1982 7 0 7
1984 5 0 5
1985 6 0 6
1986 6 0 6
1988 6 0 6
1989 5 0 5
1990 11 0 11
1991 8 0 8
1992 8 0 8
1993 10 0 10
1994 13 0 13
1995 20 0 20
1996 21 0 21
1997 18 0 18
1998 31 0 31
1999 31 0 31
2000 42 0 42
2001 34 0 34
2002 45 0 45
2003 45 0 45
2004 48 0 48
2005 40 0 40
2006 49 0 49
2007 65 0 65
2008 46 0 46
2009 52 0 52
2010 33 0 33
2011 39 0 39
2012 31 0 31
2013 43 0 43
2014 35 0 35
2015 25 0 25
2016 29 0 29
2017 35 0 35

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Popularity of Vishnu as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Vishnu

  • How Popular is the name Vishnu? Vishnu is the 10,885th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Vishnu have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 955 babies born with the first name Vishnu in the United States. That's more than enough people named Vishnu to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Vishnu? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1977 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Vishnu first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Vishnu is Saturday, November 30th, 1895.
  • What year had the most people named Vishnu born? The highest recorded use of the first name Vishnu was in 2007 with a total of 65 babies.
  • Random Vishnu Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Vishnu is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 10 babies in California have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Vishnu: Your name in reverse order is Unhsiv. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Snhvui. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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