American (South) Submitted Names

These names are a subset of American names used more often in the American South. See also about American names.
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ALDONIAfAmerican (South, Rare)
Either a truncated form of Caledonia or, more likely, an elaboration of Aldona.
ALDORNIAfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Perhaps derived from the Old English aldor, a form of ealdor meaning "elder, parent, head of family, chief, lord; author, source; age, old age" with the name suffix -nia to feminize the name.... [more]
ANNERfAmerican (South, Archaic)
Phonetic spelling of Anna reflecting the Appalachian accent.
ARDELIAfAmerican (South)
Possibly a variant of Artelia.
ARSULAfAmerican (South, Archaic)
Variant of Ursula, reflecting the American South pronunciation.
ARTELIAfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
'A Southern U.S. invention which may have originated as an Appalachian pronunciation of Adelia.'
BLANKENSHIPm & fAmerican (South)
Transferred use of the surname Blakenship.
BLUFORDmAmerican (South)
Variation of Buford, possibly transfer of the surname Bluford.
BOONEmEnglish, American (South)
Transferred use of the surname Boone.
BROKEm & fAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname Broke.
BROWNINGmAmerican (South)
Transferred use of the surname Browning.
BUCKNERmAmerican (South)
Transferred use of the surname Buckner.
CHARLINDAfAmerican (South)
A variation on the name Charlie and Linda. Origins unknown.
CLASTERmAmerican (South, Rare)
Of unknown origin and meaning.
CLASTERFAIRmAmerican (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 or Duke would be used.
CLORAfEnglish (Rare), American (South)
Possibly a short form of Clorinda or a variant of Clara influenced by Cora.
COZETTAfAmerican (South, Rare)
Latinate respelling of Cosette.
CRICKETm & fPopular Culture, English, American (South)
Simply from the name of the small insect known for its nocturnal chirping. It occurs briefly in Shakespeare's play 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' (1597) belonging to a fairy that makes certain the hearths are well-kept.
DAQUEmFrench (Cajun, Anglicized), American (South)
Possibly an Anglicized spelling and subsequently transferred use of the surname Daqué.
DAVIDELLAfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Extremely rare feminization of David by way of combining it with the popular feminine name suffix -ella.
DECKERmAmerican (South)
Transferred use of the surname Decker.
DELTHEAfEnglish (Rare), American (South, Rare)
Possibly a variation of the name Delphia.
DETERVILLEmFrench (Cajun), American (South)
Transferred use of the surname Deterville.
DONLEEmAmerican (South)
Combination of Don and Lee.
DORALISEfFrench (Cajun), American (South), Louisiana Creole, French (Acadian)
Possibly a variant of Doralice, or an 18th- and 19th-century elaboration of Dora using the then-popular name suffix lise.
EMMERfAmerican (South, Archaic)
Variant of Emma reflecting the Appalachian accent.
EMMYLOUfAmerican (South)
Combination of Emmy and Lou.
FELONIZfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Variant of Felonise, possibly influenced by Spanish feliz "happy".
FINISmAmerican (South)
Means "end" in Latin. This was the middle name of Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), leader of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, who was the last of his parents' ten children. It was first used as a given name in his honour, in the American South.
GOGNONm & fFrench (Cajun), African American, American (South)
Possibly derived from the surname Gognon.
HARKmAmerican (South)
Possibly a religious themed named from the word Hark, meaning "listen," a popular word used in the Bible.
HESTERLYf & mAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname Hesterly.
IMOJEANfAmerican (South)
Variant of Imogene used in the southern United States.
JANSUmAmerican (South)
It is derived from Sanskrit word jans which means- to protect, liberate, . It was the name of a king. Jansu means desirous to protect , liberator
JINCEYfAmerican (South)
'Apparently a Southern U.S. invention or perhaps related to the German name "Jensine". First appears in the 1770s. Was often a nickname for Jane, but was also used as a given name in its own right, especially in the 19th century... [more]
JUDSONmAmerican (South)
Transferred used of the surname Judson.
LANCASTERmAmerican (South)
Transferred use of the surname Lancaster.
LEANIAfAmerican (South, Rare), Portuguese (Brazilian, Rare)
Either a variant of Leonia, influenced by Leah, or an elaboration of Leana.
LEATHAfAmerican (South, Rare)
Allegedly a variant of Letha, possibly influenced by Lea and the surname Leath.
LÉZINmFrench (Archaic), French (Cajun), American (South), Louisiana Creole, History
This name was/is usually given in honor of Saint Lézin, a 6th-century bishop of Angers, France.... [more]
LOUVENIAfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
American phonetic spelling of Lavinia which developed in the South in the 19th century.... [more]
LOVELACEmAmerican (South, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Lovelace.
LOVINOmItalian (Rare, ?), Cuban, Puerto Rican, Spanish (Latin American), Spanish, American (South)
Male version of Lovina. It is also the human name of South Italy in the TV show Hetalia Axis Powers.
MACONm & fAmerican (South, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Macon.
MADEAfAmerican (South, Rare), Filipino (Rare), Popular Culture
In the case of the Tyler Perry character, the name was taken from a phrase (madea or madear) used in the American south meaning "mother dear". It may also be a variant spelling of Medea.
MANDRINmFrench (Cajun), African American, American (South), Popular Culture
Possibly derived from the surname of Louis Mandrin, a French smuggler (highwayman) from Dauphiné.
MAYZELLEfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Possibly a variant of Mizela (see also Mozelle), perhaps influenced by Maisie.
METTIEfAmerican (South), English
A diminutive of Metta or a variant of Mattie. Possibly a diminutive of Matilda or Martha or Margaret.
MILLINEAfAmerican (South, Rare)
Possibly an elaboration of Millie, used almost exclusively in Alabama.
MYRIAfAmerican (South, Rare)
Allegedly an elaboration of Myra.
NARAfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Possibly a variant of Nora. It might, however, also be a simplified spelling of Naarah.
OPALIAfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
From the name of an ancient Roman festival of the earth goddess Opis or Ops, which was held annually on 25 August. It may also be used as an elaboration of Opal or be considered a contracted form of Opalina.
ORETAfAmerican (South, Rare)
Presumably a variant of Oretta or, less likely, of Orieta.
OWNERmAmerican (South, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname Owner.
OXFORDmAmerican (South, Archaic)
Transferred from the surname which is from the Middle English Oxenford, meaning "ox ford".
PARLINEfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Possibly a variant of Perlina via the form Perline.
PEACHYfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Likely from the American English slang meaning "fine; excellent".
PERDIDAfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Respelling of Perdita which might have arisen based on a dialectal pronunciation.
PHANTOMmAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
From the English word "phantom" a synonym for "ghost", ultimately from Greek φάντασμα (phántasma) "phantom, ghost", "vision, dream", "fantasy".
PHERABYfAmerican (South, Archaic)
"Apparently a Southern U.S. invention. First appears in the mid-1700s in Virginia and North Carolina. Could be a variation of Phoebe, although it is also curiously similar to the Arabic name Fariba."... [more]
PLUTINAfAmerican (South, Archaic)
Probably an invented name, used primarily in the Southern United States in the 19th century. Plutina Cox is the heroine of Waldron Baily's novel 'The Heart of the Blue Ridge' (1915), set in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
POESYfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Originally a variant of Posy, this name was sometimes associated with poetry, from Old French poesie, ultimately from Greek poesis "composition, poetry," from poein "to make or compose"
POGNONmFrench (Cajun), African American, American (South)
Possibly derived from the French surname Pognon.
PUCKETTmAmerican (South)
Transferred use of the surname Puckett.
ROLLAmAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Possibly a phonetic spelling of Rollo.
SHAROLETTEfAmerican (South, Rare)
Combination of Sharol and the popular suffix -ette.
SHARRODmAfrican American, American (South)
A variant of Sherrod, a surname derived from the French surname Cherot, meaning "wagoner". A famous namesake is basketball player Sharrod Ford.
SIDDALEEfLiterature, American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Either a combination of Sidda and Lee or a variant of Sidalie.... [more]
SIPPIEfPopular Culture, American (South)
The stage name of blues singer Sippie Wallace, born Beulah Thomas. Sippie was a nickname she gained in childhood, as a gap between her two front teeth meant that she "sipped" on food and drink.
SOULOUGUEmFrench (Cajun), African American, American (South)
Presumably a variant or misreading of the surname Soulouque.... [more]
STELLARf & mAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic), English
Phonetic spelling of Stella reflecting a dialectal pronunciation.
T9Cf & mAmerican (South)
This very rare name is an exception to the rule that numerals are normally not allowed as part of the spelling of names in the United States. It's a creative rebus-like spelling of a slang intensive term for "tiny" found in the Southwestern United States... [more]
TEDRAfAmerican (South, Rare)
Maybe a shortened form of Catedra.
TEXANNAfAmerican (South, Modern)
Possible feminization of Texas, using a combination of Tex and Anna.
THEOTISmFrench (Cajun), Louisiana Creole, American (South)
Apparently created as a strictly masculine form of Théotiste.
TOLVINmAmerican (South, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname.
TOXEYmEnglish (American, Rare), American (South)
Derived from either the surname of Toxey (which is of unknown origin) or from the town of Toxey in Alabama (whose name may possibly ultimately be of Choctaw origin).... [more]
TRISHELLEfAmerican (South)
Variant of Michelle, influenced by Trish.
URSINmCroatian, French, Russian, French (Cajun), American (South), German (Swiss)
Croatian, Swiss German, French and Russian form of Ursinus.
VALENAfAmerican (South, Rare)
Either a contracted form of Valentina or an invented name coined from the syllable Val- and the once-popular name suffix -ene.
VELVAfAmerican (South)
Diminutive of Velvet but has been used as a name in its own right for decades.
VOICYfAmerican (South)
The first Voicy we know about in my family comes from Arkansas, born in 1897.
VOXmAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname Vox.
WILLADEENEfAmerican (South)
Combination of Willa and Dean. A notable bearer is Willadeene Parton, the oldest sibling of country singer Dolly Parton.
WILLENEfEnglish (American, Rare), American (South, Rare)
Possibly an elaborated form of Willa or Willie using the popular name suffix lene, or perhaps a contraction of names such as Wilhelmina, Wilmadeene, and Willadeene.
WILLONAfAmerican (South, Rare), Popular Culture
Variant of Wilona. Willona Woods is a character from the 1970s TV show 'Good Times'.
WOODERmAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Extremely rare transferred use of the surname.
WYNCIAfAmerican (South, Rare, ?)
Allegedly a Southern USA feminization of the Welsh name Llewellyn.
ZENOBYfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic), Cornish (Rare, Archaic), English (Rare, Archaic)
Archaic variant of Zenobia, prevalent in Cornwall and Devon as well as in the southern states of the US.
ZEPHRONIAfAmerican (South, Rare, Archaic)
Apparently a variant of Sophronia, perhaps altered by association with Zéphyrine.