Black or African-American names
are used by people of African ancestry living in the United States.
Given names used by blacks are often invented or creatively-spelled variants of more traditional names. Some names are created using fashionable syllables, for example the prefixes La- or De- and the suffixes -ique or -isha. Also, punctuation marks like apostrophes and dashes are sometimes used (though infrequently).
- DeAndre, DeJuan, DeShawn, JuMichael (rare), Keyshawn, Latonya, LaShonda, Lashawn, T’Keyah (rare) and YaSheema (rare) use prefixes in combination with another name. There are unlimited possibilities for creating new names. Sometimes the letter after the prefix is capitalized.
- Ebony, Precious, Unique are examples of vocabulary names used by black Americans.
- Imani and Malik are examples of African/Muslim names used by black Americans.
- Andre, Darius, Darryl, Maurice, and Tyrone are examples of names that, though used by non-black Americans, are more commonly used by black Americans.
- Kimothy and Natthew (both rare) are rhyming variants of other names (Timothy and Matthew)
See also American names.