Name Mahavir (Sanskrit: महावीर) literally means great hero in Sanskrit. Mahavir is combination of Maha (means great) and Vira (means hero).
Reference of Mahavir is found in Rig-veda (ऋग्-वेद), Kathasaritsagara (कथासरित्सागर), Tantrasara (तन्त्रसार), where the word has been used to cannot 'a great hero'.
According to Dhyanabindu-Upanishad, Mahavir was a name of Lord Vishnu. Also It is a name of garuDa (who is the bird and vehicle of विष्णु) mentioned in Lexicographers.
As per Monier-Williams Dictionary, the name also name of Gautama Buddha (गौतम बुद्ध).
Mahavir also means a sacrificial fire, a sacrificial fire vessel as per mention in Bhagavata-Purana.
Certain lexicographers such as Amar Singh, Halayudh and Hemchandra have also made references of this particular word in their works as a thunderbolt or a white horse or the Indian cuckoo.
As it is shown in the graph Mahavir and it's derivative Mahaveer are very popular in India. Mahavir is used by more than 1000 people as the name of their children. Alternate spelling of Mahaveer like Mahavir is also used by a large number of persons.
In our opinion Mahavir is a classical name with good meaning. Mahavir also has a great mythological significance.
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