[ 2 syll. (c)han-dra, ch-and-ra ] The baby girl name Chandra is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced CH-AENDRah- †. Chandra's origin is Sanskrit, and its use, English and Indian. The name Chandra means 'moon, shining'. It is derived literally from the word chandra with the meaning 'moon'. In ancient Vedic writings and Hindu mythology, Chandra was a lunar deity. Chandra is the feminine equivalent of the Indian and English Chand.
Chandra is a widely used name; it has 24 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Chandara, Chandee, Chandi, Chandie, Chandin, Chandrae, Chandrah, Chandray, Chandre, Chandrea, Chandreah, Chandrelle, Chandria, Chaundra, Kandra, and Shandra.
Forms used in foreign languages include the Indian Candra, the Indian Chanda, the Indian Chandaa, the Indian Chandani, the Indian Chander, the Arabic, Indian, and Urdu Chandni, the Indian Chandrika, and the Indian Chandrima.
See also the related form, the name Lachandra.
Chandra is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1975, 0.048% of baby girls were named Chandra. It had a ranking of #307 then. The baby name has fallen out of favor since then, and is of only sporadic use now. Within all girl names in its family, Chandra was nevertheless the most widely used in 2018. Chandra has in the last century been mainly given to baby girls.
† Pronunciation for Chandra: CH as in "cheese (CH.IY.Z)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"