50 Common Native American Baby Names | Meanings for Boys & Girls

50 Common Native American Baby Names | Meanings for Boys & Girls

Posted By PowWows.com October 7th, 2019 Last Updated on: December 9th, 2019

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Last updated on December 9th, 2019

All new parents know naming your child is one of the hardest decisions you'll probably ever have to make.

Native American baby names are unique, and they have powerful, sentimental, and beautiful meanings behind them.

Anyone with an American Indian background can pay the ultimate homage to their heritage by giving their bundle of joy a classic Native American name.

Keep reading for 50 unique Native American boy and girl names.

And if you are looking for shower gifts, be sure to check our Native American baby gift guide!




Native American Girl Names

Aiyana
This girl's name means “forever flowering.”

Bly
If you like shorter names, Bly is a girl's name meaning “tall or high.”

Chenoa
A beautiful girls name with an even more beautiful meaning. Cheona means “white dove.”

Enola
A female name that means “magnolia.”

Halona
Halona is a female name meaning “fortune.”

Istas
If you have a little girl in the winter, maybe name her Istas, it means “snow.”

Malia
Just like the name of former President Barack Obama's daughter, Malia means “calm” and is derived from the name Mary.

Nina
This popular girl's name is common in other cultures as well; it means “mighty or fire.”

Nokomis
This unique name is a Chippewa girl's name meaning “grandmother or daughter of the moon.”

Odina
The Native American Algonquin name means “mountain.” Usually, it's a girl's name.

Pocahontas
Arguably the most famous Native American name, it means “playful one.”

Tallulah
A beautiful girl's name meaning “leaping water.”

Winona
Just like actress Winona Rider, the name means “the first daughter.”

Mitena
A common Native American girl's name meaning “new moon or coming moon.”

Sacajawea
Another famous name on the list. It means “bird woman.”

Olathe
This stunning girls name literally means “beautiful.”

Sakari
A cute name for a little girl that means “sweet.”

Shysie
Shysie is a girl's name that means “silent little one.”

Takoda
Similar to Dakoda, this female name means “friend to all.”

Tayen
A lovely girl's name that means “new moon.”

Makawee
Makawee means “Generous, abundant, freely giving and motherly” in Sioux


Native American Boy Names

Adriel
Adriel is a native American boy's name that means “beaver or symbol of skill.”

Bidziil
While this name may sound different to some, it's a male Navajo name meaning “he is strong.”

Cochise
A powerful name for a little boy. Cochise means “Renowned warrior chief of the Chiricahua Apache.”

Dasan
Another firm male name, Dasan means “chief.”

Elu
Elu is a boy's name that means “full of grace.”

Hania
This cool boy's name means “spirit warrior.”

Jacy
Jacy is a common male Native America name meaning “the moon.”

Chayton
A popular name for boys Chayton means “falcon.”

Kosumi
Another unique boy's name. Kosumi means “fishes for salmon with spear.”

Kele
This cute boy's name means “sparrow” in Hopi.

Keokuk
A solid boy's name meaning “one who is alert and watchful.”

Mato
This sweet-sounding boy's name means “bear.”

Nahele
Nahele is a boy's name that means “forest.”

Sahale
This boy's name means “above or high place.”

Nayati
A boy's name that means “he who wrestles.”

Seattle
Just like the city, it means “man of high status.”

Tahoma
This male name means “giver of the water.”

Tokala
An adorable name for a little boy. Tokala means “fox.”

Nitis
This popular male name means “friend.”

Tyee
A strong name for a boy, Tyee means “chief, leader, or big and superior.”

Paco
Paco is a male name meaning “eagle.”

Shilah
A male Navajo name that means “brother.”

Wapi
Wapi is a male name that means “lucky.”


Native American Names For Both Boys and Girls

Dakota
Dakota is a popular name for both male and female babies across America. The Native American name means “friend.”

Kai
This name is ultra popular now. It means “willow tree” in Navajo.

Mika
Mika is often used for both boys and girls; the name means “rabbit.”

Simi
This stunning name means “valley of the wind.”

Onacona
Onacona means “white owl” in Cherokee.

Abedabun
This name is a variation of Cheyanne that means “sight of day.”


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4 thoughts on “50 Common Native American Baby Names | Meanings for Boys & Girls

  1. Naming a newborn is always a process and a joyful act as the parents must think if the name suits the baby. Again knowing the meaning of the name is an advantage. Thank you for the helpful data.

  2. Cathy Cannon says:

    I named my son Nakia ….yes it was a tc show about a Native/Abarigional policeman who was Navaho & did his job without using a gun unless he had to starring Robert Forester in the late 70’s….I loved the show NAKIA & how the main character tried to settle things without violance as much as possible….anyway I’ve never been able to find out the meaning behind his name & while its been 41 yrs since I named my son Nakia , I was wondering if you might possibly know how to find the meaning of his name. Thankyou in advance for any help you can provide for me.

  3. Ibi Hinrichs says:

    You left out a very important fact on most names, what tribe/ language does it does it come from? This is appropriation without understanding or cultural connection- how would a child feel in their life if some one asked them about their name and they could not say what tradition it comes from? How does that carry on the legacy of the tribe?
    A name is much more to a child, to a culture – do not make it meaningless.
    Please reprint this list of names with the important information about that name so people can choose wisely and with respect.

    • I second these thoughts/concerns one hundred percent. Origin of the names: what tribe and language. Not all tribes speak the same language.

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