Jiva (Sanskrit जीव) is ancient Sanskrit word which literally refers to healthy, alive or living.
Jiva founds reference in Riga Veda (ऋग् वेद) with meanings like living, existing or alive. Jiva is also found to be referred in the writings of Charak where Jiva refers to healthy. This name is also referred in Sir Monier-Williams dictionary where Jiva denotes any living being.
Mention of Jiva is also found in the Mahabharata (महाभारत) and Kathasaritsagar (कथासरित्सागर) in which Jiva means life or existence. In Varah-Mihir (वराह-मिहिर), Jiva is another name of Brhaspati (बृहस्पति).
Jiva is not a popular name in either India or USA. Jiva is used by 5 people in 2008 in the USA as the name of their kids. As per social media, Jiva is used by 41 people only as the name of their children in India. However a variant of Jiva is very popular in India.
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