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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ALDONIA f American (South, Rare)
Either a truncated form of Caledonia or, more likely, an elaboration of Aldona.
ALDONIE f American (South, Archaic)
Probably a variant of Aldonia.
ALDORNIA f American (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]
ANNCLAIRE f American (South)
Combination of Ann and Claire.
ANNER f American (South, Archaic)
Phonetic spelling of Anna reflecting the Appalachian accent.
ARDELIA f American (South)
Possibly a variant of Artelia.
ARSULA f American (South, Archaic)
Variant of Ursula, reflecting the American South pronunciation.
ARTELIA f American (South, Rare, Archaic)
'A Southern U.S. invention which may have originated as an Appalachian pronunciation of Adelia.'
AZAIRE m French (Cajun), American (South), French (Quebec, Rare, Archaic)
Extremely rare and archaic French form of Azariah.
BLANKENSHIP m & f American (South)
Transferred use of the surname Blakenship.
BLONDELL f American (South)
Possibly derivative from the adjective "blonde," as in "fair-haired."
BLUFORD m American (South)
Variation of Buford, possibly transfer of the surname Bluford.
BOONE m English, American (South)
Transferred use of the surname Boone.
BROKE m & f American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname Broke.
BROWNING m American (South)
Transferred use of the surname Browning.
BUCKNER m American (South)
Transferred use of the surname Buckner.
CARETTA f American (South)
Elaboration of Cara.
CHARLINDA f American (South)
A variation on the name Charlie and Linda. Origins unknown.
CLASTER m American (South, Rare)
Of unknown origin and meaning.
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 or Duke would be used.
CLORA f English (Rare), American (South)
Possibly a short form of Clorinda or a variant of Clara influenced by Cora.
COZETTA f American (South, Rare)
Latinate respelling of Cosette.
CRICKET m & f Popular 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.
DAQUE m French (Cajun, Anglicized), American (South)
Possibly an Anglicized spelling and subsequently transferred use of the surname Daqué.
DAVIDELLA f American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Extremely rare feminization of David by way of combining it with the popular feminine name suffix -ella.
DECKER m American (South)
Transferred use of the surname Decker.
DELTHEA f English (Rare), American (South, Rare)
Possibly a variation of the name Delphia.
DETERVILLE m French (Cajun), American (South)
Transferred use of the surname Deterville.
DONLEE m American (South)
Combination of Don and Lee.
DORALISE f French (Cajun), American (South), Louisiana Creole, French (Acadian)
Variant of Doralice as well as an 18th- and 19th-century elaboration of Dora using the then-popular name suffix lise.
ELENDER f American (South)
Possibly a regional pronunciation or variant of the name Eleanor
EMMER f American (South, Archaic)
Variant of Emma reflecting the Appalachian accent.
EMMYLOU f American (South)
Combination of Emmy and Lou.
FELONIZ f American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Variant of Félonise, possibly influenced by Spanish feliz "happy".
FINIS m American (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.
FLORIDE f & m French (Rare), French (African), Italian (Rare), Walloon (Rare), American (South, Archaic)
French form of Floridus (for men) and Florida (for women), but the name is most often encountered on women.... [more]
GOGNON m & f French (Cajun), African American, American (South)
Possibly derived from the surname Gognon.
GREENBERRY m American (South, Rare)
From the English surname Greenberry. Given originally in honor of Colonel Nicholas Greenberry. Sometimes split into two names (i.e. Green Berry)
HARK m American (South)
Possibly a religious themed named from the word Hark, meaning "listen," a popular word used in the Bible.
HESTERLY f & m American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname Hesterly.
IDONA f American (South)
Possibly related to Iðunn or Idonea
IMOJEAN f American (South)
Variant of Imogene used in the southern United States.
JANSU m American (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
JINCEY f American (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]
JOANETTA f American (South, Rare)
Diminutive or elaboration of Joan.
JUDSON m American (South)
Transferred used of the surname Judson.
LAITHEN m American (South, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Laithen.
LANCASTER m American (South)
Transferred use of the surname Lancaster.
LEANIA f American (South, Rare), Portuguese (Brazilian, Rare)
Either a variant of Leonia, influenced by Leah, or an elaboration of Leana.
LEATHA f American (South, Rare)
Allegedly a variant of Letha, possibly influenced by Lea and the surname Leath.
LÉZIN m French (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]
LOUVENIA f American (South, Rare, Archaic)
American phonetic spelling of Lavinia which developed in the South in the 19th century.... [more]
LOUVERTIE f American (South, Rare)
Presumably a combination of Lou and Vertie.
LOVELACE m American (South, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Lovelace.
LOVINO m Italian (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.
MACON m & f American (South, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Macon.
MADEA f American (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.
MANDRIN m French (Cajun), African American, American (South), Popular Culture
Possibly derived from the surname of Louis Mandrin, a French smuggler (highwayman) from Dauphiné.
MAYZELLE f American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Possibly a variant of Mizela (see also Mozelle), perhaps influenced by Maisie.
MEHALEY f American (South)
Alternative spelling of the name Mahaley
MELVALIE f American (South)
Elaboration of Melva with the popular suffix -lie.
METTIE f American (South), English
A diminutive of Metta or a variant of Mattie. Possibly a diminutive of Matilda or Martha or Margaret.
MILLINEA f American (South, Rare)
Possibly an elaboration of Millie, used almost exclusively in Alabama.
MYRIA f American (South, Rare)
Allegedly an elaboration of Myra.
NARA f American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Possibly a variant of Nora. It might, however, also be a simplified spelling of Naarah.
OPALIA f American (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.
ORETA f American (South, Rare)
Presumably a variant of Oretta or, less likely, of Orieta.
OWNER m American (South, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname Owner.
OXFORD m American (South, Archaic)
Transferred from the surname which is from the Middle English Oxenford, meaning "ox ford".
PARLINE f American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Possibly a variant of Perlina via the form Perline.
PATTYLOU f American (South)
Combination of Patty and Lou.
PEACHY f American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Likely from the American English slang meaning "fine; excellent".
PERDIDA f American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Respelling of Perdita which might have arisen based on a dialectal pronunciation.
PERNIE f American (South)
This appears sporadically outside the U.S. Top 1000 and was found mainly in Southern States. My speculation is that it is an offshoot of Calpurnia, but I cannot verify if this is the source of the name.
PHANTOM m American (South, Rare, Archaic)
From the English word "phantom" a synonym for "ghost", ultimately from Greek φάντασμα (phántasma) "phantom, ghost", "vision, dream", "fantasy".
PHERABY f American (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]
PLUTINA f American (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.
POESY f American (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"
POGNON m French (Cajun), African American, American (South)
Possibly derived from the French surname Pognon.
PUCKETT m American (South)
Transferred use of the surname Puckett.
ROLLA m American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Possibly a phonetic spelling of Rollo.
SALETTA f American (South, Archaic)
Variant of Saleta. However, the earliest usage of Saletta seems to predate the French Marian apparition. In these cases a transferred use of the surnames Salette and Saletta is more likely.
SETHORITA f American (South)
Mother of Nature & Goddess of Nature
SHAROLETTE f American (South, Rare)
Combination of Sharol and the popular suffix -ette.
SHARROD m African 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.
SIDDALEE f Literature, American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Either a combination of Sidda and Lee or a variant of Sidalie.... [more]
SIPPIE f Popular 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.
SOULOUGUE m French (Cajun), African American, American (South)
Presumably a variant or misreading of the surname Soulouque.... [more]
STELLAR f & m American (South, Rare, Archaic), English
Phonetic spelling of Stella reflecting a dialectal pronunciation.
T9C f & m American (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]
TEDRA f American (South, Rare)
Maybe a shortened form of Catedra.
TEXANNA f American (South, Modern)
Possible feminization of Texas, using a combination of Tex and Anna.
THEOTIS m French (Cajun), Louisiana Creole, American (South)
Apparently created as a strictly masculine form of Théotiste.
TOLVIN m American (South, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname.
TOXEY m English (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]
TREAE f American (South)
uncommon name, the name implies unity and amity.
TRISHELLE f American (South)
Variant of Michelle, influenced by Trish.
URSIN m Croatian, French, Russian, French (Cajun), American (South), German (Swiss)
Croatian, Swiss German, French and Russian form of Ursinus.
VALENA f American (South, Rare)
Either a contracted form of Valentina or an invented name coined from the syllable Val- and the once-popular name suffix -ene.
VELVA f American (South)
Diminutive of Velvet but has been used as a name in its own right for decades.
VENNIE f American (South)
Not sure, it was given to 6 girls in Alabama in 1913, looks like a diminutive of a longer name that became independent, perhaps Venetia or Venicia.
VERLA f American (South, Rare)
Possibly feminine of Verl.
VERSA f American (South)
This name sporadically appears outside the U.S. top 1000 in the American South in the early 20th-century. It is most likely inspired by the Latin word "versus" (verse; line) probably used by Southern Baptists in reference to the verses of the Bible... [more]
VIRGIA f American (South)
This was given to 6 girls in Alabama in 1913, most likely an elaborate form of Virginia.
VOICY f American (South)
The first Voicy we know about in my family comes from Arkansas, born in 1897.
VOX m American (South, Rare, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname Vox.
WILLADEENE f American (South, Archaic)
Variant of Willodean. A notable bearer is Willadeene Parton, the oldest sibling of country singer Dolly Parton.
WILLENE f English (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.
WILLONA f American (South, Rare), Popular Culture
Variant of Wilona. Willona Woods is a character from the 1970s TV show 'Good Times'.