50 Native American Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of popular and unique Native American baby names

Native Americans have been in the Americas for at least 15,000 years, and it’s easy to see their influence in art, music, food, games, products, words, and names throughout the United States. While many rivers, towns, and states have names that are Native in origin, Native American names are not as prominent in mainstream culture.

Native American Baby Names

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Native American names come from many diverse tribes and landscapes, including the Hawaiian islands. Because of this diversity, naming traditions tend to vary as well. A few names of places or tribes, such as Dakota and Cheyenne, have seen some popularity over the years, but most Native names—even famous ones like Pocahontas and Sequoyah—are rare.

If you are thinking about a Native American name for your child and you have a connection to the culture, consider researching the name or talking to a member of that tribe. If you aren't of indigenous heritage but love the idea of a Native name—or simply want to honor the culture—you'll find inspiration in this list. Just remember, when using a name from a background other than your own, you want to show respect by taking the time to understand the meaning and pronunciation of the name you are considering.

Popular Native American Baby Names
Name Origin Meaning
Cherokee Cherokee People of a different speech
Cheyenne Algonquin or Sioux People of a different language
Dakota Sioux Friend
Kai Navajo Willow tree
Kaya Nez Perce She who arranges rocks
Koko Algonquin The night
Malia Zuni Bitter
Nina Kichwa Fire
Shawnee Algonquin Tribe name
Winona Sioux First daughter

Popular Native American Baby Names for Any Gender

Here are some gender-neutral Native American baby names along with their meanings, origins, and other interesting information. Some are well-known names and others are uncommon. These names may be bestowed upon Two-Spirit people or anyone looking for a more androgynous name.

Two-Spirit people are Native Americans considered to hold an alternative gender status, meaning they were not just man or woman. Two-Spirit individuals are valued in their communities for possessing both masculine and feminine traits. Today, the term "Two-Spirit" may be considered part of the LGBTQ+ umbrella in Native American communities.


  • Origin: Native American (Cherokee, possibly Miccosukee or Choctaw)
  • Meaning: A tribe name or people of a different speech
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cheroke, Cherrokee, Cherokey, Cherokie, Cheroki
  • Famous Namesakes: Athlete Cherokee Parks, outlaw Cherokee Bill
  • Peak Popularity: Cherokee is not frequently used.

Fun Fact: The Jeep Cherokee is a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that gets its name from the Native American Cherokee Nation.


  • Origin: Native American (Sioux)
  • Meaning: Friend and ally
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dakotah, Dakoda, Dakodah, Dacotah, Dekota, Dekotah
  • Famous Namesakes: Actresses Dakota Fanning and Dakota Johnson
  • Peak Popularity: Dakota is a gender-neutral name. It reached its peak of 58 for boys in 1995 but remains popular. It is equally popular for girls, peaking in 2006 with a rank of 190. 

Fun Fact: Dakota is the name of a Native American tribe, a language, and two U.S. states: North and South Dakota.


  • Origin: Native American (possibly Apache or a variant from Hebrew or French)
  • Meaning: Friendly
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Elann, Elon, Elen, Elin, Elen, Elun
  • Famous Namesakes: Producer Elan Gale, singer Elan Atias
  • Peak Popularity: Elan is uncommon and does not show up as a top 1,000 name in the last 120 years.

Fun Fact: Elan is a sporting goods manufacturer that handcrafts skis and snowboards in the Alps.


  • Origin: Native American (Navajo), Hawaiian, Japanese, and others
  • Meaning: Willow tree (Navajo), Ocean (Hawaiian)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kye, Kei, Keh, Ky, Cai, Cye, Ceh
  • Famous Namesakes: Fashion Designer Kai Milla, singer Kai
  • Peak Popularity: Kai is a unisex name. Traditionally, in Native American cultures, it has been more common for girls. In other cultures, however, it's more common for boys. It has been steadily growing in popularity in the U.S. since it arrived as a top 1,000 name for boys in 1979. Its best year was 2018 when it ranked 113. It’s fairly new on the top 1,000 list for girls, showing up in 2010, with a rank of 854 in 2018.

Fun Fact: The Kai Restaurant is a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star luxury establishment in Arizona that celebrates the creativity and history of the Native American culture.


  • Origin: Native American (Choctaw), Greek, German, Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Owl (Choctaw), Grandfather (German), Moonfish (Hawaiian)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oppa, Opah, Oppah, Ohpah, Ohpa
  • Peak Popularity: Opa is uncommon. It has not been a top 1,000 name in the last century.

Fun Fact: Opa is an expression of joy and celebration in the Greek culture, and it’s another way to refer to a grandfather in the German culture.


  • Origin: Native American (Algonquin)
  • Meaning: A tribe name
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Shawny, Shawney, Shawnie, Shawn, Seanee, Seaney, Shaunee, Shauney, Shaun, Sean
  • Peak Popularity: Shawnee is an uncommon name.

Fun Fact: The Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois is 280,000 acres of beautiful scenery to enjoy while engaging in various outdoor recreation including swimming, fishing, and hiking. 


  • Origin: Native American (Chinook Jargon)
  • Meaning: Chief, leader, or big and superior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tayee, Taye, Taie, Tai, Tiee, Tyie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Tyee Tilghman
  • Peak Popularity: Tyee is not a common name, and it has not shown up as a top 1,000 name in the last 100 years.

Fun Fact: The University of Washington Tyee Club is a membership organization that supports the athletic programs in the school. The Chinook Jargon name Tyee represents the leadership of its teams and members.

Popular Native American Baby Names for Girls

Here are some Native American names for girls along with their meanings, origins, and other interesting information.


  • Origin: Native American (Algonquin)
  • Meaning: Butterfly
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aponni, Apponi, Apponni, Apani
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Aponi Kai
  • Peak Popularity: Aponi is a unique name that has not appeared in the top 1,000 names for girls in the last 120 years.

Fun Fact: Aponi is also the name given to a brand of all-natural health products that claim to bring balance to the body and mind.


  • Origin: Native American (possibly a variation from Cherokee)
  • Meaning: A place name
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Chenoah, Chenowa, Chenoha, Chinoa, Chen, Noa
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Chenoa Maxwell, Singer Chenoa
  • Peak Popularity: Chenoa is not a common name.

Fun Fact: Chenoa is a city in Illinois founded by Matthew T. Scott in 1854. The name may come from a Cherokee word for the Kentucky River.


  • Origin: Native American (Algonquin or Sioux)
  • Meaning: A city in Wyoming, a tribe name, or difficult to understand
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cheyann, Chayenne, Chayanne, Shyanne, Shayanne, Sheyanne, Sheyann, Shay, Chey
  • Famous Namesakes: Model Cheyenne Brando, athlete Cheyenne Parker
  • Peak Popularity: Cheyenne became a top 1,000 name in 1980 and quickly rose in the ranks. It reached number 68 by 1997 and ranked 466 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne is a theme hotel in Disneyland Paris where you can experience the Disney version of the American Old West. 


  • Origin: Native American (possibly Sioux)
  • Meaning: Deer
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Diani, Dyanni, Dianni, Dayani, Dyanie, Dyannie, Diannie, Dianee, Dyanee, Dhyani
  • Famous Namesakes: Journalist Dyani Sabin, reality TV personality Dyani Moreno
  • Peak Popularity: Dyani is a rare name that is not in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Dyani White Hawk is an artist whose work blends the influences of her European and Native American ancestry.


  • Origin: Native American (Miccosukee)
  • Meaning: A pretty prairie or prairie on the hill
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hialeigha, Hiahlea, Hiahleah, Hiyaleah, Hyaleah
  • Peak Popularity: Hialeah is not a frequently used name. It has not been listed as a top 1,000 name in the last 120 years.

Fun Fact: Hialeah is a large city right outside Miami in Southeast Florida.


  • Origin: Native American (variation from Nez Perce), Japanese, African
  • Meaning: She who arranges rocks
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kaia, Kaiya, Kiaya, Kayah, Kaiah, Kay
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Kaya Scodelario, singer Kaya Jones
  • Peak Popularity: Kaya made the top 1,000 in the year 2000 and was most popular in 2003 and 2004 when it ranked 540.

Fun Fact: Kaya is one of the dolls in the American Girl Doll collection. She is a Native American girl from the Nez Perce tribe in the Pacific Northwest whose full name is Kaya’aton’my meaning “she who arranges rocks.”


  • Origin: Native American (Algonquin)
  • Meaning: The night
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Coco, Koco, Coko, Kokoh, Cocoh, Kohko
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Koko Taylor
  • Peak Popularity: Koko is uncommon and not listed as a top 1,000 name.

Fun Fact: KOKO is a famous music venue in London that is in the process of a big renovation and due to reopen in 2020.


  • Origin: Native American (possibly Sahaptin), Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Brown hills
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kyona, Kionah, Kyonah, Kionna, Kyonna, Keyona, Kionea, Kiana
  • Peak Popularity: Kiona is a unique name that has not yet made the top 1,000 list.

Fun Fact: Kiona Vineyards is a small estate winery in the Red Mountain area of Washington State.


  • Origin: Native American (possibly Apache, Creek, or Choctaw), German, Latin, and others
  • Meaning: Rabbit
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Loulu, Loulou, Lulou, Looloo, Loolu, Lula, Lu
  • Famous Namesakes: Journalist Lulu Garcia-Navarro, singer Lulu
  • Peak Popularity: Lulu was very popular in the early 1900s. It was number 228 in 1900 but slowly dropped in the rankings over the next 40 years. It dropped off the top 1,000 list in 1939 and has not returned since.

Fun Fact: Lulu Spencer is a character on the long-running daytime drama, General Hospital. She is the daughter of one of the most popular soap opera couples of all time: Luke and Laura Spencer.


  • Origin: Native American (Sioux), Japanese, Hebrew, and others
  • Meaning: Raccoon
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mikka, Mikah, Mica, Micca, Micah, Myka, Mieka
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Mika Boorem, journalist Mika Brzezinski
  • Peak Popularity: Mika is not a widely used name. It has not appeared on the top 1,000 list in the last 120 years.

Fun Fact: Mika is the name of Lizzie Samuels' sister and Ryan Samuels' daughter on the popular TV series The Walking Dead.


  • Origin: Native American (Zuni), Hawaiian, Hebrew, and more
  • Meaning: Derived from Maria or Mary. Calm waters (Hawaiian), bitter (Zuni)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maliah, Malliah, Mallia, Mahlia, Mahliah, Maleigha, Maleah, Malea, Lia, Lea
  • Famous Namesakes: Former First Daughter Malia Obama, model Malia Jones
  • Peak Popularity: Malia made its way into the top 1,000 in 1977, but didn’t show up consistently until 1994. It was most popular in 2009 when it ranked 192.

Fun Fact: The Malia is a Hawaiian racing canoe made from Acacia koa wood in 1933. It is a significant part of canoe racing history.


  • Origin: Hawaiian, Maori, and other Polynesian languages
  • Meaning: Deep sea, wide ocean
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Moanah, Mowana
  • Famous Namesakes: Moana Carcasses Kalosil was the Prime Minister of Vanuatu from 2013–2014.
  • Peak Popularity: Moana had been a low-popularity name in earlier decades and peaked in 2017 when parents-to-be began admiring Disney's titular character in the popular children's film. Today it ranks 2,900th place nationwide.

Ala Moana is the name of the largest open-air shopping center in the world. It's located in Honolulu, Hawaii.


  • Origin: Native American (Miwok), Gaelic
  • Meaning: Gathering jimsonweed (devil’s snare) seed
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Monah, Monna, Monnah, Mone, Moine, Moana
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer Mona Simpson, poet Mona Van Duyn
  • Peak Popularity: Mona has been a top 1,000 name for over 100 years. It was most popular in 1950 when it reached 230. It fell out of favor in the 1980s and dropped off the list in 1986.

Fun Fact: Mona Lake in Michigan is a 695-acre body of water located between Muskegon and Norton Shores.


  • Origin: Native American (South American, Kichwa), Italian, Spanish, and others
  • Meaning: Mighty or fire
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ninah, Ninna, Nena, Neena, Nenah, Nini
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Nina Simone, politician Nina Pacari
  • Peak Popularity: Nina has been in the top 400 for well over a century. It ranked 155 in 1900 and 319 in 2018.

Fun Fact: Nina Tower is a skyscraper in Hong Kong that rises 80 stories and 1,051 feet.


  • Origin: Native American (Choctaw), Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Bear
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nitah, Neeta, Neetah, Nyta, Nytah, Neata, Neatah, Nitikam, Nituna
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Nita Talbot, TV Doctor Nita Landry
  • Peak Popularity: Nita was on the top 1,000 list from before 1900 until 1969. It was most popular in 1954 at number 446.

Fun Fact: Nita Lake Lodge is a luxury hotel in British Columbia near Whistler Village, Whistler Mountain, and the Creekside gondola.


  • Origin: Native American (Chippewa)
  • Meaning: Grandmother or daughter of the moon
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nokomiss, Nakomis, Nokomys, Nakomys, Nocomis, Nacomis, Nokomes, Nookomis
  • Peak Popularity: Nokomis is not a frequently given name, and it is not on the list of the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: In Longfellow’s the poem, The Song of Hiawatha, Nokomis is Hiawatha’s grandmother. She is based on Nanabozho’s grandmother in old Ojibwa (Chippewa) folktales.


  • Origin: Native American (Algonquin), Scandinavian, German
  • Meaning: Mountain
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Odinna, Odeena, Odinah, Odeenah, Odyna, Odine, Odyne, Odeene
  • Famous Namesakes: Athlete Odina Bayramova
  • Peak Popularity: Odina is a unique name that has not made the top 1,000 list in the last 120 years.

Fun Fact: Odina Surf is a California brand of eco-friendly swimwear made from recycled and reclaimed material.


  • Origin: Native American (Iroquois)
  • Meaning: A tribe name, or people of the stone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Onida, Onieda, Onyda, Onidah, Oneidah, Oneyda
  • Peak Popularity: Oneida made the top 1,000 list twice in the last 120 years. It was number 887 in 1919 and number 975 in 1922.

Fun Fact: The people of the Oneida Tribe are part of the Iroquois Confederacy, and they live in New York State, Wisconsin, and Canada.


  • Origin: Native American (Algonquin)
  • Meaning: Playful one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Pokahontas, Pocahantas, Pocohontas, Pokahantus
  • Famous Namesakes: The historical figure, Pocahontas, is known to have helped the early settlers in Jamestown, Virginia.
  • Peak Popularity: Pocahontas is rare. It does not appear as a top 1,000 name. 

Fun Fact: There are towns and ships named after the historical Native American woman who was called Pocahontas. She is also the inspiration for books, movies, songs, and a Disney princess.


  • Origin: Native American (Choctaw), Spanish
  • Meaning: Bow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Paloma, Palomah, Polomah, Polomma, Polowma, Peloma, Loma
  • Peak Popularity: Poloma is not a common name and does not appear on the top 1,000 list.

Fun Fact: The Poloma angulata is a species of moths belonging to the family Eupterotidae and the genus Poloma.


  • Origin: Native American (Iroquois), Samoan, Swedish, Arabic, and others
  • Meaning: Wolf
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Talla, Talah, Tallah, Tahla, Tahlah, Talan
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Tala, actress Tala Ashe
  • Peak Popularity: Tala is seldom used and not a top 1,000 name.

Fun Fact: Tala is the grandmother who encourages her granddaughter to follow the call of the ocean in the Disney animated feature, "Moana." 


  • Origin: Native American (Choctaw), English
  • Meaning: Leaping water
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Talulah, Tallula, Talula, Tallullah, Tallulla, Taloulah
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Tallulah Bankhead, model Tallulah Morton
  • Peak Popularity: Tallulah is not a widely used name and is still rather unique.

Fun Fact: Tallulah Belle Willis is an actress and the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.


  • Origin: Native American (Sioux)
  • Meaning: First daughter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Winnona, Winonna, Wynona, Wynonna, Winonah, Wynonnah, Wenona, Wanona, Wynonah
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Winona Ryder, activist Winona LaDuke
  • Peak Popularity: Winona was number 916 on the top 1,000 list in 1900 and remained a top 1,000 name until 1957. It was most popular in 1931 when it ranked 407.

Fun Fact: Winona is a city in Minnesota named after the legendary Sioux princess and daughter of Chief Wapasha III, Winona.

Popular Native American Baby Names for Boys

Here are some Native American baby names for boys along with their meanings, origins, and other interesting information. Some are well-known names and others are uncommon.


  • Origin: Native American (Sioux)
  • Meaning: Falcon
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Chaytan, Chayten, Chaeton, Chaitan, Chaton, Chatan, Chaten
  • Peak Popularity: Chayton is not common and not a top 1,000 name.

Fun Fact: "Chayton Sioux Warrior" is a novel about a white boy who is adopted into the Sioux Nation and becomes torn between two cultures. 


  • Origin: Native American (Apache)
  • Meaning: Oak or hardwood
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cheis, Cocheis, Cocheise, Cocheese, Coachise, Cochiese, Kochise, Coche, Chise
  • Famous Namesakes: Apache Leader Cochise
  • Peak Popularity: Cochise is a unique name that does not appear in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Cochise County, Arizona is named for the Apache leader Cochise and is called the “Land of Legends.”


  • Origin: Native American (Kiowa)
  • Meaning: Little bluff, little cliff, little mountain
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dohosan, Dohason, Dohasin, Dohasun, Dohosin, Dohasyn, Dohosyn, Tauhawsin Taohausen, Touhason
  • Famous Namesakes: Kiowa Chief Dohasan
  • Peak Popularity: Dohasan is not a widely used name.

Fun Fact: Dohasan was a principal Chief of the Kiowa people and a commander of the joint Native American forces (Kiowa, Comanche, and Plains Apache) during the First Battle of Adobe Walls between the Native Americans and U.S. Army in 1864.


  • Origin: Native American (Apache)
  • Meaning: The one who yawns
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Goyaałé, Goyathle
  • Famous Namesakes: Apache leader Goyathlay (Geronimo)
  • Peak Popularity: Goyathlay is a rare name.

Fun Fact: Apache Leader Goyathlay was given the name Geronimo by the Mexican soldiers during a battle.


  • Origin: Native American (Iroquois)
  • Meaning: He who combs or he who creates the river
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hiawathah, Hyawatha, Hyawathah, Ayenwatha, Aiionwatha
  • Famous Namesakes: Architect Hiawatha Estes, writer Hiawatha Bray
  • Peak Popularity: Hiawatha is not frequently used and not a top 1,000 name.

Fun Fact: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, "The Song of Hiawatha," is a work of fiction, but it is based on a real leader of the Onondaga tribe of the Iroquois Nation named Hiawatha.


  • Origin: Native American (Seminole)
  • Meaning: Alligator
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Holatta, Hollata, Halata, Holate
  • Famous Namesakes: Seminole Chief Holata Micco
  • Peak Popularity: Holata is a unique name.

Fun Fact: Holata Micco was also known as Chief Billy Bowlegs. He led the Seminole people during the Second Seminole War and the Third Seminole War.


  • Origin: Native American (Hopi), African
  • Meaning: Sparrow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kelle, Kellay, Kelley, Keyle, Keley, Keyle, Kelay, Khele, Khelle
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Kele Okereke, athlete Kele Leawere
  • Peak Popularity: Kele is not a popular name. It has not appeared on the top 1,000 list in the last 120 years.

Fun Fact: Kele has African roots as well as Native American. In Africa, Kele means "stone cave," and it’s the name of an ethnic group, a religion, a language, and a town in Ethiopia.  


  • Origin: Native American (Sauk)
  • Meaning: One who is alert and watchful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Keyokuk, Kiokuk, Keocuk, Kiocuk, Keakuk
  • Famous Namesakes: Sauk Chief Keokuk
  • Peak Popularity: Keokuk is a rare name.

Fun Fact: Keokuk is a city in the southeastern part of Iowa named to honor the Native American Chief Keokuk.


  • Origin: Native American (Sioux)
  • Meaning: Red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lootah, Loota, Louta, Lutah, Loutah, Lewtah,
  • Famous Namesakes: Mahpiya Lúta (Red Cloud), Tokála Lúta (Red Fox)
  • Peak Popularity: Luta is not a common name, and it is not in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Red Fox (Tokála Lúta) was an Oglala Lakota Sioux Chief and the nephew of the famous Sioux War Chief, Crazy Horse.


  • Origin: Native American (Sioux), Japanese
  • Meaning: Bear
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Matto, Matho
  • Famous Namesakes: Mandan Chief Mato-tope (Four Bears), musician Mato Nanji
  • Peak Popularity: Mato is not a widely used name.

Fun Fact: Mato Paha, also known as Bear Butte in South Dakota, is a sacred mountain and religious site for Lakota Sioux Native Americans.


  • Origin: Native American (Choctaw)
  • Meaning: Wolf
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Neshoba, Nashobah, Nashohba, Noshoba
  • Peak Popularity: Nashoba is an uncommon name.

Fun Fact: Nashoba Valley is a resort area in Massachusetts that offers skiing, snow tubing, and other wintertime activities.


  • Origin: Native American (Cherokee)
  • Meaning: White owl
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Onacohna, Onakona, Onaconah, Onakonah, Okoonaka, Oukahakah, Oukounaka, Onkanacleah
  • Famous Namesakes: Chief Onacona Attakullakulla (Little Carpenter)
  • Peak Popularity: Onacona was not in the top 1,000 names for any year of the last century.

Fun Fact: Chief Onacona Attakullakulla was one of the Cherokee leaders who went to England to meet King George in the 1700s. He negotiated a treaty with the English and always strived for peace. 


  • Origin: Native American (Algonquin)
  • Meaning: A tribe name, a place name
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Powatan, Powhattan, Powhaten, Pohetan,
  • Famous Namesakes: Politicians Powhatan Ellis and Powhatan Gordon
  • Peak Popularity: Powhatan is an uncommon name.

Fun Fact: The Native American Powhatan people are from the Virginia area. Their famous leader Chief Powhatan of Tsenacommacah faced the early English settlers in the 1600s and was also the father of Pocahontas.


  • Origin: Native American (possibly Salish)
  • Meaning: Above or high place
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sahaile, Sahail, Sahael, Sahaele, Sehale
  • Famous Namesakes: Musician Sahalé
  • Peak Popularity: Sahale is a rare name.

Fun Fact: Sahale Mountain is a popular hiking and climbing spot in North Cascades National Park in Washington State.


  • Origin: Native American (Salish)
  • Meaning: Man of high status
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Seatle, Seattel, Sealth, Seathle, Seathl, Si’ahl
  • Famous Namesakes: Chief Seattle
  • Peak Popularity: Seattle is not a widely used name.

Fun Fact: Seattle is the largest city in Washington state. Its name honors Chief Seattle, a Native American leader of the Duwamish tribe.


  • Origin: Native American (Cherokee)
  • Meaning: A hog or possibly an opossum
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sequoya, Sequoia, Sequoiah, Sikwayi
  • Famous Namesakes: Famous Cherokee Sequoyah, athlete Sequoyah Burke-Combs
  • Peak Popularity: Sequoyah is not frequently given and does not appear in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Sequoyah was a Cherokee warrior, painter, and silversmith who created a system of writing for the Cherokee people.


  • Origin: Native American (Salish)
  • Meaning: Giver of the water
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tacoma, Takoma, Tecoma, Tahomah, Tecomah, Tacomah, Takhoma, Tacobeh
  • Peak Popularity: Tahoma does not appear in the top 1,000 baby names.

Fun Fact: Tahoma or Tacoma is the Native American name for Mount Rainier, an active volcano and the highest mountain in Washington State.


  • Origin: Native American (Shawnee)
  • Meaning: Panther across the sky, shooting star, or meteor
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tekoomsē, Tecumtha, Tekamthi
  • Famous Namesakes: Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, General William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Peak Popularity: Tecumseh is unique. It is not a top 1,000 name.

Fun Fact: Tecumseh was the leader of the Shawnee people who tried to build a Confederacy and unite the Native Americans to fight the white settlements. He fought and died in the War of 1812.


  • Origin: Native American (Sioux)
  • Meaning: Fox
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Takala, Tokalah, Takalah, Tekala, Tekalah, Tokalo
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Tokala Clifford
  • Peak Popularity: Tokala is seldom used as a name.

Fun Fact: The Lakota Tokala is a society of Kit Fox Warriors who are brave and tough in battle.


  • Origin: Native American (Quechan), Japanese
  • Meaning: A tribe name, chief's son
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Uma, Yhuma, Yumah, Yoomah
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Yuma Nakayama
  • Peak Popularity: Yuma is an uncommon name that does not appear in the top 1,000.

Fun Fact: Yuma is another name for the Quechan tribe of Native American people who live in the southwestern part of Arizona and the southeastern area of California. 

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By Donna Murray, RN, BSN
Donna Murray, RN, BSN has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University and is a current member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing.