The questions Why the name INDIA ? When How and Who named it shall lead to many events in the past, doubts, myths and few not able to prove information. Here are some, India a Feminine name ? India is a feminine given name derived from the name of the country India, which takes its name from the Indus River. The name was used for India Wilkes, a character in the novel and movie Gone with the Wind. Its use for girls in England began during the British rule in India during the 19th century. It has been used for daughters of aristocratic families in England that had ties to Colonial India, such as India Hicks.