Native American Submitted Names
are or were used by the various indigenous peoples who inhabited North and South America.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
From Greenlandic -aaja
, an affix used for and by children used as a name.
AAJUm & fGreenlandic
From a childish pronunciation of the Greenlandic word angaju
"older sibling of the same sex" (see Angaju
AAJUNNGUAQm & fGreenlandic
Means "dear older sibling" in Greenlandic, from a combination of Aaju
and the diminutive suffix nnguaq
"sweet, dear, little".
AAMANNGUAQf & mGreenlandic
Derived from Greenlandic aama
"glow, glowing coal" (cf. Aamaq
) combined with the diminutive suffix nnguaq
meaning "sweet, dear, little".
Possibly means "she/he sees in the distance" in Ojibwe, from Ojibwe waabi
"she/he has vision, sees" and debaabam
"see at a distance".
Possibly means "she stays at home" in Ojibwe, from Ojibwe abi
"s/he is at home, sits in a certain place" and ishkwii
"s/he stays behind" or nazhikewabi
"s/he lives alone, is home alone, sits alone".
Means "clear water, luminous water", from Quechua yaku
Means "attacking/charging hawk", from the Cheyenne aénohe
'hawk' and -a'eotse
Means "being touched" in Greenlandic, derived from the Greenlandic attorpaa
"to touch him/her/it".
AGUTAm & fInuit
Means "gatherer of the dead" in Inuit.
Ahaya (ca. 1710 – 1783) was the first recorded chief of the Alachua band of the Seminole tribe. He was born to the Muskogean-speaking Oconee, who were originally from central Georgia. His people settled along the Chattahoochee River in North Florida when he was a small boy... [more]
Supposedly means "he who throws away the drum". The Cherokee name of John Jolly, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation–West.
Possibly from Natsilingmiut aimavik
"home", Kivalliq aivuq
"s/he goes towards", Greenlandic aivâ
"fetches it", or Greenlandic airuq
"coming home". It may also be a variant of Aumaĸ
AJÂJAf & mGreenlandic
Greenlandic pet form of Aja
, from a combination of Aja
and the diminutive suffix -aaja
, a Greenlandic affix used for and by children or a Greenlandic variant form of Ajajak
Means "the one chanting 'ajaaja'" in Greenlandic. Ajaaja is an onomatopoeia.
Greenlandic variant form of Ajut
or a combination of Ajut
, a Greenlandic suffix indicating a personal name.
AJUTfGreenlandic, Inuit Mythology
Derived from Canadian Arctic ajujuq
meaning "runs away". In Greenland mythology Ajut is the name of the woman who flees from her pursuer and becomes the sun.
AKAITCHOmNative American, Yellowknive
Direct translation is "big foot" or "big feet" referencing a less literal translation of "like a wolf with big paws, he can travel long distances over snow."
Means "beautiful, precious uncle (father's brother)" from Greenlandic Áka
AKIMIUf & mGreenlandic
Means "one who roams by the place under windows opposite the plank bed" in Greenlandic.
Means "chosen flower" in Quechua, from akllakuy
, "to choose" and sisa
Means "beautiful chosen one" in Quechua, from akllakuy
, "to choose" and sumaq
Means "thighbone of a seal" or "corner of a fur/fleece" in Greenlandic.
ALEĸATSIAĸf & mGreenlandic
Means "beautiful, precious older sister of a boy" in Greenlandic, from a combination of Aleĸa
and the suffix -tsiaq
ALLIQUIPPAfNative American, Iroquois
Meaning unknown, perhaps from a Seneca word meaning "hat". A noted bearer was Queen Alliquippa, a leader of the Seneca tribe of American Indians during the early part of the 18th century.
Borne by the first wife of the Apache chief Geronimo (1829-1909), daughter of Noposo, from the Nedni-Chiricahua band of Apache. She and her three children with Geronimo were killed by Mexican raiders.
Means "forest water" from Cherokee a ma
"water" and a do hi i na ge
"forest" or a da
Means "walks along woman", from Cheyenne -ameohe
"go by quickly" and -e'é
indicating the feminine.
Greenlandic Inuit feminine name derived from ameq
meaning "skin" and -nnguaq
meaning "dear, little".
AMMAfNorse Mythology, Old Swedish, Greenlandic
Has several possible meanings. May be a short form of names beginning with Arn- or Am-, derived from Old Swedish amma
("wet nurse"), Old Norse amma
("grandmother") or Old Norse ama
("dark one").... [more]
Of unknown meaning. This was one of Pocahontas
's 'secret' names. At the time Pocahontas was born, it was common for Powhatan Native Americans to be given several personal names, to have more than one name at the same time, to have secret names that only a select few knew, and to change their names on important occasions... [more]
ANAHÍfGuarani, Tupi, Spanish (Latin American)
Meaning uncertain. In Tupi-Guarani legend this is the name of a princess killed by Spanish conquistadors, who was turned into a flower--usually identified with the flower of the Ceibo tree (Erythrina crista-galli)... [more]
ANDESm & fQuechua
From the Quechua word anti
meaning "east". This is the name of a mountain range in South America.
ANGAJUf & mGreenlandic
Means "older sibling of the same sex" in Greenlandic, thus either "big brother (to a boy)" or "big sister (to a girl)".
South Greenlandic name meaning "she who has returned home", originally used as a nickname for someone named after a deceased family member, due to ritual name avoidance (taboos in mentioning names of deceased relatives, even when newborns had been named for them).
Greenlandic variant form of Ane
or Greenlandic name meaning "her older brother", from a combination of Ane
, a Greenlandic possessive-genitive marker.