Native American Names

These names are or were used by the various indigenous peoples who inhabited North and South America.
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ADSILAfNative American, Cherokee
Means "blossom" in Cherokee.
AHTAHKAKOOPmNative American, Cree
Means "star blanket" in Cree. This was the name of an early 19th-century Cree chief.
AMARUmNative American, Aymara
Means "snake" in Aymara.
AMEYALLIf & mNative American, Nahuatl
Means "spring, fountain" in Nahuatl.
ANTIMANmNative American, Mapuche
Means "condor of the sun" in Mapuche.
ANTINANCOmNative American, Mapuche
Means "eagle of the sun" in Mapuche.
APUTSIAQmNative American, Greenlandic
Means "snowflake" in Greenlandic.
AQISSIAQmNative American, Greenlandic
Means "ptarmigan" in Greenlandic (a ptarmigan is a type of bird which lives in cold regions).
ARNAQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "girl" in Greenlandic.
ASHKIImNative American, Navajo
Means "boy" in Navajo.
AUCAMANmNative American, Mapuche
Means "wild condor" in Mapuche.
ÂVIÂJAfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "cousin" in Greenlandic.
AWINITAfNative American, Cherokee
Means "fawn" in Cherokee.
AYLENfNative American, Mapuche
Possibly means either "happiness" or "clear" in Mapuche.
BAISHANmNative American, Apache
Means "knife" in Apache. This was the name of a 19th-century chief of the Chiricahua Apache.
BALAMmNative American, Mayan
Means "jaguar" in Mayan.
BIDZIILmNative American, Navajo
Means "he is strong" in Navajo.
CALFURAYfNative American, Mapuche
Means "violet (flower)" in Mapuche.
CATAHECASSAmNative American, Shawnee
Means "black hoof" in Shawnee. This was the name of a Shawnee warrior and chief of the 18th century.
CAUÃmNative American, Tupi
Means "hawk" in Tupi.
CITLALIf & mNative American, Nahuatl
Means "star" in Nahuatl.
COCHISEmNative American, Apache
From Apache chis meaning "oak, wood". This was the name of a 19th-century chief of the Chiricahua Apache.
COWESSESSmNative American, Ojibwe
From Ojibwe Ka-we-zauce meaning "little child". This was the name of a late 19th-century chief of the Saulteaux.
CUAUHTÉMOCmNative American, Nahuatl
Means "falling eagle" in Nahuatl. This was the name of the last Aztec emperor, ruling until he was captured and executed by the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés in the year 1525.
EHECATLmAztec and Toltec Mythology, Native American, Nahuatl
Means "wind" in Nahuatl. Ehecatl was the name of the Aztec wind god.
GALILAHIfNative American, Cherokee
Possibly means "attractive" in Cherokee.
GIIWEDINOKWEfNative American, Ojibwe
Means "woman of the north" in Ojibwe.
GOUYENfNative American, Apache
Means "wise" in Apache. This was the name of a 19th-century Apache warrior woman.
GOYATHLAYmNative American, Apache
Means "one who yawns" in Apache. This was the real name of the Apache leader Geronimo (1829-1909), who fought against Mexican and American expansion into his territory.
HIAWATHAmHistory, Native American, Iroquois
From the Iroquoian name Haio-went-ha meaning "he who combs". This was the name of a Mohawk or Onondaga leader who founded the Iroquois Confederacy, possibly in the 15th century. He was later the subject of a fictionalized 1855 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
HOKOLESQUAmNative American, Shawnee
Means "cornstalk" in Shawnee. This was the name of an 18th-century Shawnee chief.
IARAfNative American, Tupi
From Tupi y "water" and îara "lady, mistress". In Brazilian legend this is the name of a beautiful river nymph who would lure men into the water. She may have been based upon earlier Tupi legends.
INTImNative American, Quechua, Incan Mythology
Means "sun" in Quechua. This was the name of the Inca god of the sun.
IRACEMAfNative American, Tupi
Means "honey lips" in Tupi. This is the name of an 1865 novel by José de Alencar, about the relationship between a Tupi woman and a Portuguese man during the early colonial period. Alencar may have constructed the name so that it would be an anagram of America.
ISIm & fNative American, Choctaw
Means "deer" in Choctaw.
ITZELfNative American, Mayan
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Mayan itz meaning "dew, nectar, fluid". Otherwise, it might be a variant of IXCHEL.
IXCHELfMayan Mythology, Native American, Mayan
Means "rainbow lady" in Mayan. Ixchel was the Maya goddess of the earth, the moon, and medicine. She was often depicted with a snake in her hair and crossbones embroidered on her skirt.
JACI (2)f & mNative American, Tupi
From Tupi îasy meaning "moon".
JACIRAfNative American, Tupi
From Tupi îasy "moon" and ira "honey".
KANEONUSKATEWmNative American, Cree
Means "one that walks on four claws" in Cree. This was the name of a 19th-century Cree chief.
KANIEHTIIOfNative American, Mohawk
Means "beautiful snow" in Mohawk.
KANTUTAfNative American, Aymara
Means "cantua flower" in Aymara (species Cantua buxifolia).
KAWACATOOSEmNative American, Cree
Means "poor man" or "lean man" in Cree. This was the name of a 19th-century Cree chief.
KAWISENHAWEfNative American, Mohawk
Means "she holds the ice" in Mohawk.
KILLAfNative American, Quechua
Means "moon" in Quechua.
KIMIMELAfNative American, Sioux
Means "butterfly" in Lakota.
KISECAWCHUCKmNative American, Cree
Means "daystar" in Cree. This was the name of a 19th-century Cree chief.
LALAWETHIKAmNative American, Shawnee
Means "he makes noise" in Shawnee. This was another name of the Shawnee leader Tenskwatawa (1775-1836).
MAHPIYAmNative American, Sioux
Means "cloud, sky" in Dakota and Lakota. This is the first part of the names of the Dakota chief Mahpiya Wicasta (1780-1863), known as Cloud Man, and the Lakota chiefs Mahpiya Luta (1822-1909), known as Red Cloud, and Mahpiya Iyapato (1838-1905), known as Touch the Clouds.
MAIARAfNative American, Tupi
Means "great grandmother, wise" in Tupi.
MALIK (2)mNative American, Greenlandic
Means "wave" in Greenlandic.
MALINALLIfNative American, Nahuatl
Means "grass" in Nahuatl.
MAQUINNAmNative American, Nuu-chah-nulth
Meaning unknown, of Nuu-chah-nulth (also known as Nootka) origin. This was the name of a late 18th-century chief of the Mowachaht.
METHOATASKEfNative American, Shawnee
Means "turtle laying its eggs" in Shawnee.
MEZTLIm & fAztec and Toltec Mythology, Native American, Nahuatl
Means "moon" in Nahuatl. This was the name of the Aztec god (or goddess) of the moon.
MILLARAYfNative American, Mapuche
Means "golden flower" in Mapuche.
MOACIRmNative American, Tupi
Possibly means "son of pain" in Tupi. This is the name of the son of Iracema and Martim in the novel 'Iracema' (1865) by José de Alencar.
MUSCOWEQUANmNative American, Cree
Means "hard quill" in Cree. This was the name of a 19th-century Cree chief.
NAHUELmNative American, Mapuche
Means "jaguar" in Mapuche.
NAICHEmNative American, Apache
Means "mischief maker" in Apache. This name was borne by a 19th-century Chiricahua Apache chief, the son of Cochise.
NAIRAfNative American, Aymara
Means "eye" in Aymara.
NANABAHfNative American, Navajo
Means "she returns" from Navajo náánádááh.
NANOOKmNative American, Inuit
Variant of NANUQ. This was the (fictional) name of the subject of Robert Flaherty's documentary film 'Nanook of the North' (1922).
NANUQmNative American, Inuit
Means "polar bear" in Inuktitut.
NAYELIfNative American, Zapotec
Means "I love you" in Zapotec.
NICTEfNative American, Mayan
Means "flower" in Mayan.
NINA (2)fNative American, Quechua, Aymara
Means "fire" in Quechua and Aymara.
NITA (2)fNative American, Choctaw
Means "bear" in Choctaw.
NIVIARSIAQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "girl" in Greenlandic. This is the name of a variety of flower that grows on Greenland.
NIZHONIfNative American, Navajo
Means "beautiful" from Navajo nizhóní.
NONHELEMAfNative American, Shawnee
Possibly means "not a man" in Shawnee. This was the name of an 18th-century Shawnee chief, the sister of Hokolesqua.
NOTAHmNative American, Navajo
Means "almost there" in Navajo.
NUKAm & fNative American, Greenlandic
Means "younger sibling" in Greenlandic.
ODESERUNDIYEmNative American, Mohawk
Means "lightning has struck" in Mohawk. This was the name of an 18th-century Mohawk chief, also called John Deseronto.
OHIYESAmNative American, Sioux
Means "winner" in Dakota and Lakota.
OJIGKWANONGmNative American, Algonquin
Means "morning star" in Alqonguin.
ONANGWATGOmNative American, Oneida
Means "big medicine" in Oneida. This was the name of a chief of the Oneida people, also named Cornelius Hill (1834-1907).
PILOQUTINNGUAQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "little leaf" in Greenlandic.
PIPALUKfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "nurse" in Greenlandic.
POCAHONTASfNative American, Powhatan
Means "playful one" in Powhatan, an Algonquian language. This was the name of a 17th-century Powhatan woman, a daughter of the powerful chief Wahunsenacawh. She married the white colonist John Rolfe and travelled with him to England, but died of illness before returning.
POTSɄNAKWAHIPɄmNative American, Comanche
Means "buffalo hump" in Comanche. This name was borne by a 19th-century war chief of the Penateka Comanche.
QILLAQmNative American, Greenlandic
Means "seal hide" in Greenlandic.
QUANAHmNative American, Comanche
Means "fragrant" in Comanche. This was the name of a 19th-century chief of the Comanche.
QUETZALLIfNative American, Nahuatl
Means "feather, precious thing" in Nahuatl.
QUIDELmNative American, Mapuche
Means "burning torch" in Mapuche.
QUISPEfNative American, Quechua
Means "free" in Quechua.
SACAGAWEAfNative American
Probably from Hidatsa tsakáka wía meaning "bird woman". Alternatively it could originate from the Shoshone language and mean "boat puller". This name was borne by a Native American woman who guided the explorers Lewis and Clark. She was of Shoshone ancestry but had been abducted in her youth and raised by a Hidatsa tribe.
SACNICTEfNative American, Mayan
Means "white flower" in Mayan.
SAQUIfNative American, Mapuche
Means "favourite" in Mapuche.
SAYENfNative American, Mapuche
Means "sweet, lovely" in Mapuche.
SEQUOYAHmNative American, Cherokee
Possibly from Cherokee siqua meaning "hog". This was the name of the Cherokee man (also known as George Guess) who devised the Cherokee writing system in the 19th century.
SHÁŃDÍÍNf & mNative American, Navajo
Means "sunshine" in Navajo.
SHIKOBAm & fNative American, Choctaw
Means "feather" in Choctaw.
SIQINIQfNative American, Inuit
Means "sun" in Inuktitut.
SISSINNGUAQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "squirrel" in Greenlandic.
SKENANDOAmNative American, Oneida
Probably from the name of the Shenandoah River in the eastern United States, which is of uncertain origin. This was the name of an 18th-century Oneida chief.
TAGWANIBISANfNative American, Algonquin
Means "rainbow" in Alqonguin.
TALAKOmNative American, Choctaw
Means "eagle" in Choctaw.
TAMAYAfNative American, Quechua
Means "in the center" in Quechua.
TASUNKAmNative American, Sioux
From Lakota tȟašuŋke meaning "his horse". This forms the first part of the name of Tasunka Witko (1840-1877), translated as Crazy Horse, a Lakota war leader.
TATANKAmNative American, Sioux
From Lakota tȟatȟáŋka meaning "bull". This is the first part of the name of the Lakota holy man and chief Tatanka Iyotake (1831-1890), translated into English as Sitting Bull.
TECUMSEHmNative American, Shawnee
Means "panther passing across" in Shawnee. This was the name of a Shawnee leader who, with his brother Tenskwatawa, resisted European expansion in the early 19th century.
TEKAKWITHAfNative American, Mohawk
Means "she who bumps into things" or "she who puts things in place" in Mohawk. Tekakwitha, also named Kateri, was the first Native American Catholic saint.
TENSKWATAWAmNative American, Shawnee
Means "open door" in Shawnee. This was the name of a Shawnee prophet. With his brother Tecumseh he led his people in resistance against European expansion in the early 19th century.
TESSOUATmNative American, Algonquin
Meaning unknown. This was the name of several 17th-century Algonquin chiefs.
TIRIAQmNative American, Inuit
Means "ermine" in Inuktitut.
TLALLIfNative American, Nahuatl
Means "earth" in Nahuatl.
TLALOCmAztec and Toltec Mythology, Native American, Nahuatl
Means "of the earth" in Nahuatl. He was the Aztec god of rain and fertility, the husband of Chalchiuhticue.
TONALLIfNative American, Nahuatl
Means "day, warmth of the sun" in Nahuatl.
TOPɄSANAfNative American, Comanche
Means "praire flower" in Comanche.
TOSAHWImNative American, Comanche
Means "white knife" in Comanche. This name was borne by a 19th-century Penateka Comanche chief.
TUPAARNAQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "wild thyme" in Greenlandic.
UBIRAJARAmNative American, Tupi
Means "lord of the spear" in Tupi. This is the name of an 1874 novel by José de Alencar.
UJARAKmNative American, Inuit
Means "rock" in Inuktitut.
UKALEQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "hare" in Greenlandic.
ULLORIAQfNative American, Greenlandic
Means "star" in Greenlandic.
URPIfNative American, Quechua
Means "pigeon, dove" in Quechua.
WAHUNSENACAWHmNative American, Powhatan
Meaning unknown. This name was borne by a 17th-century chief of the Powhatan people. He was also known as Powhatan, as a result of confusion between his name and his birthplace.
WAMANmNative American, Quechua
Means "eagle, falcon" in Quechua.
WAPASHAmNative American, Sioux
Means "red leaf" in Dakota. This was the name of several Dakota chiefs.
WAWATAMmNative American, Ojibwe
Means "little goose" in Ojibwe. This was the name of an 18th-century chief of the Ottawa people.
WAYNAmNative American, Quechua
Means "young" in Quechua.
WAYRAmNative American, Quechua
Means "wind" in Quechua.
WICKANINNISHmNative American, Nuu-chah-nulth
Possibly means "having no one in front of him in the canoe" in the Nuu-chah-nulth (or Nootka) language. This was the name of a chief of the Clayoquot in the late 18th century, at the time of European contact.
WILLKAmNative American, Aymara
Means "sun" in Aymara.
WINONAfEnglish, Native American, Sioux
Means "firstborn daughter" in Dakota. This was the name of the daughter of the 19th-century Dakota chief Wapasha III.
XIADANIfNative American, Zapotec
Possibly means "the flower that arrived" in Zapotec.
XOCHIPILLImAztec and Toltec Mythology, Native American, Nahuatl
Means "flower prince" in Nahuatl. He was the Aztec god of love, flowers, song and games, the twin brother of Xochiquetzal.
XOCHIQUETZALfAztec and Toltec Mythology, Native American, Nahuatl
Means "flower feather" in Nahuatl. This was the name of the Aztec goddess of love, flowers and the earth, the twin sister of Xochipilli.
XQUENDAm & fNative American, Zapotec
Means "spirit, soul, essence" in Zapotec.
YAXKINmNative American, Mayan
Means "sun" in Mayan.
YOLOTLf & mNative American, Nahuatl
Means "heart" in Nahuatl.
YUNUENm & fNative American, Mayan
Possibly means "half moon" in Mayan. This is the name of an island on Lake Pátzcuaro in Mexico.
ZITKALAfNative American, Sioux
Means "bird" in Lakota.
ZYANYAfNative American, Zapotec
Means "forever, always" in Zapotec.
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