African American Submitted Names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ADNIS m African American
Meaning unknown. It is the name of American rapper Jay-Z's father, about whom he wrote a song.
AIJALON m & f Biblical, English (American, Rare), African American (Rare)
From an Old Testament place name meaning "place of gazelles" in Hebrew (compare Ayala
). Aijalon or Ajalon was the name of several biblical locations, including the valley in Dan where the Israelites defeated the Amorites while the sun and moon stood still in answer to their leader Joshua's prayer.
ALLERIAH f African American
My mom said that it comes from the name of a fairytale called Allerleirauh meaning "All-Kinds-of-Fur".
ANIRAY f African American
This name is a mix between the names Raymond and Aniko. It is a name that was made in New Orleans, Louisiana it may also have some french origin. It has been linked to the name Annie-Ray
many of time but does not sound exactly like that.
AQUANETTA f African American (Modern, Rare)
Contemporary created name, from the colour "Aqua," a greenish-blue. Borne by American actress Acquanetta (1921-2004) whose real name was Mildred Davenport, author Aquanetta Gordon and fictional character Aquanette Walker from the Cheetah Girls series (1999-2006).
ARCHIA f English (American, Rare), African American (Rare)
Derived from the surname of Archia
, which is by far the most prevalent in the United States and as such might possibly be a relatively new surname. Its meaning is currently unknown, but it is possible that it is derived from the masculine given name Archie
ARMANI m & f African American (Modern)
From the traditionally Italian surname meaning "son of Armano
". Popularized as a given name because of the high-end fashion company Armani Exchange, founded by Italian clothing designer Giorgio Armani.
AUNJANUE f African American (Rare)
Possibly from a corruption of French ingénue
meaning "an innocent, wholesome girl", perhaps influenced by names such as Anjanette
. This is borne by American actress Aunjanue Ellis (1969-).
AUTHERINE f African American
Feminine form of Auther
. Autherine Lucy was the first African-American student admitted to a white school in Alabama when she entered the University of Alabama in 1956.
AVONIA f English (Rare), African American
The meaning of this name is uncertain at this time. Its best known bearer was American actress Avonia Jones (1839-1867), whose parents may possibly have named her after the village of Avonia (in Pennsylvania, USA), or after the genus of plants of the same name... [more]
BENAH f African American
Short form of Abena
. This was used by early slaves in the American south. Attested in the 1730's in South Carolina. It was frequently misanalyzed as Venus.
BENEBA f African American
English corruption of Abena
. This was used by early slaves in the American south. Attested in the 1730's in South Carolina.
CARESHA f African American
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is Caresha Brownlee, known as 'Yung Miami' from the rap duo City Girls.
CHANÉ f African American
CHANÉ was a dialect of the Terena language, an extinct language of Argentina and Bolivia. It belonged to the Maipurean language family. There is very few data on this language. In Argentina it was spoken in Salta Province.
CLASTERFAIR m American (South), African American
This name is found in generations of families. Clusters of the name can be found in Louisiana, in particular, but remains rare. It is said to be terminology to refer to royal members, similar to King
would be used.
CLEOTHA m & f African American (Rare)
This was borne by American singer Cleotha "Cleedy" Staples (1934-2013), a member of the Staple Singers musical group.
CORINTHIA f English (Rare), African American
, the ancient Greek city-state. In the New Testament there are two epistles to the Corinthians written by Saint Paul. This is the name of "Miss Corrie" Hogganbeck in 'The Reivers' (1962) by William Faulkner.
CUDJOE m African American, Western African
Anglicized form of Kojo
used by early slaves in the American South. It is attested in the 1730s in South Carolina. This name was borne by Cudjoe Lewis (c. 1840-1935), the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade between Africa and the United States.
CUFF m African American (Archaic)
Anglicized form of Kofi
. According to George Rippey Stewart in 'American Given Names' (1979): "It was a common name for a black during the slave period, but died out in the late nineteenth century."