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.
AAJA f Greenlandic
From Greenlandic -aaja
, an affix used for and by children used as a name.
AAJU m & f Greenlandic
From a childish pronunciation of the Greenlandic word angaju
"older sibling of the same sex" (see Angaju
AAJUNNGUAQ m & f Greenlandic
Means "dear older sibling" in Greenlandic, from a combination of Aaju
and the diminutive suffix nnguaq
"sweet, dear, little".
AAMANNGUAQ f & m Greenlandic
Derived from Greenlandic aama
"glow, glowing coal" (cf. Aamaq
) combined with the diminutive suffix nnguaq
meaning "sweet, dear, little".
AANAKWAD m & f Ojibwe
Just means "cloud." inini (man) or ikwe (woman) can be added to gender the name. Adjectives can also be added, like "meskwa," which means red.
ABEDABUN f Ojibwe
Possibly means "she/he sees in the distance" in Ojibwe, from Ojibwe waabi
"she/he has vision, sees" and debaabam
"see at a distance".
ABEQUE f Native American
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".
ACHIYAKU f Quechua
Means "clear water, luminous water", from Quechua yaku
ADELTÚ m Native American, Charruan
The name belonged to Vicente Adeltú, a charruan tribe leader who lived in Buenos Aires. He was used by the Viceroy Avilés to convince other tribe leaders to be reduced and christianized.
AÉNȮHEA'EOTSE m Cheyenne
Means "attacking/charging hawk", from the Cheyenne aénohe
'hawk' and -a'eotse
AGTO f Greenlandic
Means "being touched" in Greenlandic, derived from the Greenlandic attorpaa
"to touch him/her/it".
AGUTA m & f Inuit
Means "gatherer of the dead" in Inuit.
AHAYA m Native American
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]
AHTUNOWHIHO m New World Mythology, Cheyenne
Derived from Cheyenne ȧhtóno'e
"under, below" and vé'ho'e
"trickster, spider, white man". This is the name of a Cheyenne god who lives under the ground.
AHULUDEGI m Cherokee
Supposedly means "he who throws away the drum". The Cherokee name of John Jolly, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation–West.
AIMA f Greenlandic
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
AJÂJA f & m Greenlandic
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
AJAJAK f Greenlandic
Means "the one chanting 'ajaaja'" in Greenlandic. Ajaaja is an onomatopoeia.
AJUNA f Greenlandic
Greenlandic variant form of Ajut
or a combination of it and -na
, a Greenlandic suffix indicating a personal name.
AJUT f Greenlandic, 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.
AKAITCHO m Native 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."
ÁKÃTSIAĸ m Greenlandic
Means "beautiful, precious uncle (father's brother)" from Greenlandic Áka
AĸIGSSEĸ f Greenlandic
Means "Rock Ptarmigan" in Greenlandic. A Rock Ptarmigan is a type of bird.
AKIMIU f & m Greenlandic
Means "one who roams by the place under windows opposite the plank bed" in Greenlandic.
AKLLASISA f Quechua
Means "chosen flower" in Quechua, from akllakuy
, "to choose" and sisa
AKLLASUMAQ f Quechua
Means "beautiful chosen one" in Quechua, from akllakuy
, "to choose" and sumaq
AKOĸ f Greenlandic
Means "thighbone of a seal" or "corner of a fur/fleece" in Greenlandic.
ALEĸATSIAĸ f & m Greenlandic
Means "beautiful, precious older sister of a boy" in Greenlandic, from a combination of Aleĸa
and the suffix -tsiaq
ALLIQUIPPA f Native 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.
ALOPE f Apache
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.
AMADAHY f Cherokee
Means "forest water" from Cherokee a ma
"water" and a do hi i na ge
"forest" or a da
ÁMÉÓHNÉ'E f Cheyenne
Means "walks along woman", from Cheyenne -ameohe
"go by quickly" and -e'é
indicating the feminine.
AMINNGUAQ f Greenlandic
Greenlandic Inuit feminine name derived from ameq
meaning "skin" and -nnguaq
meaning "dear, little".
AMMA f Norse 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]
ANACAONA f Taíno, Mexican
Means "golden flower" in Taíno, from ana
"flower" and caona
"gold". This was the name of the cacica
(a female cacique
, or queen) who ruled the native Taíno (Arawak) people of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola when the conquistadors settled there in 1492... [more]
ANAHÍ f Guarani, 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]
ANDES m & f Quechua
From the Quechua word anti
meaning "east". This is the name of a mountain range in South America.
ANE m Greenlandic
From Greenlandic ane
meaning "big brother of a girl".
ANGAJU f & m Greenlandic
Means "older sibling of the same sex" in Greenlandic, thus either "big brother (to a boy)" or "big sister (to a girl)".
ANGERLARNEQ f Greenlandic
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).