The Hindi word is a term pre-Islamic Persian origin, and means literally "Indian", composed of two elements: “Hind”, from the Sanskrit “Síndhu” plus the adjectival suffix “-ī”. This term was used by the Persian pre-Islamic merchants and ambassadors in northern India in respect of any Indian language. 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.