Published on January 15, 2014 by Amy
A traditional Native American name was given to a child by a religious leader or tribal community leader. They usually did not give a child their name until they were much older — sometimes waiting until puberty! The tribes believed that a child’s name should come from a life event, experience or dream.
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You can still give your child a more authentic Native American name by going through the Native American dictionary and picking out words that correlate with something in your life.
Following are some examples of authentic Native American girl names that would make beautiful first or middle names:
Na’estse: Means “One” in Cheyenne (Maybe this is your first child?)
Nese: Two in Cheyenne
Nistu: Means three
Neewa: Means four
Niaran: means five
Enemene: Means sing in Cheyenne
Enesta: Means hear in Cheyenne
Toma: Means sun in the Wiyot
Tepkunset: Means Moon
Seke: Means Black
Nagamao: Means Sing
Maji: Means Leave
Winona: First daughter
Kateri: Mohawk version of Catherine
This list of Native American names includes those that are often seen on lists of “Top Native American Name” lists. Some Native American baby name experts caution that not all of these names may be authentic Native American names. However, they are still beautiful names.
Aiyana: Eternal blossom
Amadahy: Forest water
Halona: Of happy fortune
Kasa: Dressed in furs
Although the names Dakota, Cheyenne and Cherokee are beautiful names, some Native Americans take offense to these names being used as first names because they are also the names of their tribes. They find it inappropriate and compare it to naming a baby God or Christ.