Old PersianEdit

The name Hindūš (𐏃𐎡𐎯𐎢𐏁) in Old Persian cuneiform in the DNa inscription of Darius I, circa 500 BCE.


From an Old Iranian representation of Old Indo-Aryan सिन्धु (sindhu-, big river, Indus)[1]; see there for further theorized descent.

Proper nounEdit

𐏃𐎡𐎯𐎢𐏁 (h-i-du-u-š /Hiⁿduš/)[2][3][4].

  1. India (the Indus valley region under Achaemenid rule)

Derived termsEdit



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tavernier, Jan (2007) Iranica in the Achaemenid Period (ca. 550–330 B.C.): Lexicon of Old Iranian Proper Names and Loanwords, Attested in Non-Iranian Texts, Peeters Publishers, →ISBN, page 26
  2. ^ Old Persian: Dictionary, Glossary and Concordance by Avi Bachenheimer
  3. ^ Dna inscription of Darius I, Line 25
  4. ^ Jason Neelis, Early Buddhist Transmission and Trade Networks, BRILL 2010 p.96
  5. ^ Titus
  6. ^ Titus
  7. ^ Posener, Georges (1936) La première domination perse en Égypte: Recueil d’inscriptions hiéroglyphiques, page 187
  8. ^ Jona Lendering, Susa, Statue of Darius, Subject L12, hndw3y (OP. Hinduš = India), Livius.org
  9. ^ Encyclopaedia Iranica[1] (in English), Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982, →ISBN, page 10