October 7th, 2019 Last Updated on: February 28th, 2022
Native American names for your baby-to-be!
All new parents know naming your child is one of the hardest decisions you'll probably ever have to make. If you're unsure of which direction to go, consider Native American names—they're unique, and they often carry powerful, sentimental, and beautiful meanings. Anyone with an American Indian background can pay the ultimate homage to their heritage by giving their child a classic Native American name.
Regardless of whether you have Native American ancestral ties, it's worth noting that many of these names can represent a particular word or phrase, while others are specific to a Native tribe or region. Additionally, some of these names are pronounced differently depending on the region in which they originated. So be sure to learn the correct pronunciation out of respect for each indigenous culture.
Once you've condensed your ideas to a shortlist of contenders, try pairing each name with the baby's last name to see if they flow well, phonetically. After all, it'd be a shame to settle on the perfect first name, only to find that it sounds awkward and clumsy when placed in front of a middle name or surname.
Here are some tips to apply when choosing a baby name:
- Read the name out loud: Your voice and your ears are your best friends here. Does your selected name smoothly roll off the tongue? Or does it trip you up? Short first names generally pair better with longer last names and vice versa. Think along the lines of “Amy Volkanovski” or “Bartholomew Jones.” As a general rule of thumb, names with lots of vowels are harder to pair with last names. However, like choosing names in general, it's all a matter of personal preference.
- Avoid all rhyming names: Rhyming the first and last name of a child might seem like a fun choice at first, but there's a time and place for everything. And your child's name is sacred ground. Not to mention, children can be cruel to each other, and names that rhyme often serve as the perfect fuel for teasing and belittling. So while it's harmless to daydream about what it might be like to name your kid “Jacy Lacey,” do your child a solid and go a different route.
- Double-check the initials: After you've settled on a name, always check the initials for your child. Again, you don't want to give your child a great name whose initials happen to form an embarrassing acronym. For instance, Mika Angela Nicholas spells “MAN.” Don't do that to your poor daughter.
Keep reading for 100 unique Native American baby names for boys and girls…
And if you're looking for shower gifts, be sure to check our Native American Baby Gift Guide!
These 100 names are all excellent options for your coming baby girl or boy. They're surging in popularity, but still unique enough to suit your one-of-a-kind bundle of joy. Take a look and remember to bookmark this page to revisit your favorite names!
Native American Girl Names
The Algonquian name means “mountain.” Usually, it's a girl's name, though it bears a strong resemblance to the name of the Norse God, Odin.
This Native American baby girl's name means “fairy.”
One of the most popular names for girls, Aiyana means “forever flowering.”
A Cherokee Native American girl's name that means “attractive.”
This unique name is a Chippewa girl name that means “grandmother or daughter of the moon.”
A beautiful girl's name that means “leaping water.”
A Native American girl name increasing in popularity that translates to “deer.” Notably, the Monster High fashion doll series introduced a character in 2015 inspired by the Deer Woman myth. Her name is Isi Dawndancer.
A charming name that means “she plays all the time.”
A Native American girl name that translates into “warrior mother spirit.”
A Native American girl name that means “spirit.”
A girl name from the Hopi that means “clear water.”
A Hopi girl name that means “time of the winter solstice.” For that reason, Soyala would make an excellent name for a baby whose due date falls on or around Dec. 21.
A strong Hopi name that means “guardian of the people.”
A girl name originating from the Hopi meaning “crown.”
A short Hopi girl name that means “dance.”
A Hopi Tribe girl name that translates into “remember.”
A popular name among Native Americans that means “sweet.”
A mystical Native American girl name that means “magic power.”
A common Native American girl name that means “new moon or coming moon.”
This girl's name means “visible sun.”
A girl name that means “wind.”
A Native American girl name growing in popularity that means “useful.”
Arguably the most famous Native American name, it means “playful one.” If you're other strong Native American females for inspiration, check out our post “20 Native American Women You Should Know.”
Another famous name on the list. It means “bird woman.” An alternative spelling for this name is Sacagawea.
Just like the Academy Award-nominated actress Winona Ryder, this Sioux name means “the first daughter.”
Makawee means “generous, abundant, freely giving and motherly” in Sioux.
A Sioux girl name means “swain maiden” or “graceful.”
This Sioux name translates to “dancing girl.”
A Native American girl's name that means “mystic.”
A Sioux girl's name that means “jingle like little bells.”
A short girl's name popular among many Native Americans that means “woman.”
This three-letter name from the Zuni tribe means “beautiful.” It is, indeed, among the most beautiful Native American baby names.
A short Zuni tribe girl name that means “seed.”
Unknown Tribal Affiliation
If you like shorter names, Bly is a beautiful Native American girl's name meaning “tall or high.”
A beautiful girl name with an even more beautiful meaning. Chenoa means “white dove.”
A Native American female name that's growing in popularity. It means “magnolia.”
Halona is a Native American baby girl name meaning “fortune.”
If you have a little girl in the winter, maybe name her Istas. It means “snow.”
This is one of the most popular Native American baby names, but it's common and growing in popularity in other cultures as well. It means “mighty or fire.” Famous Ninas? A lot of choices here, but we like Nina Dobrev, the Canadian actress who rose to prominence on the series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and later on the CW's supernatural drama series “The Vampire Diaries.”
This stunning girl name literally means “beautiful.”
Shysie is a girl's name that means “silent little one.” It's one of the more unique Native American baby names on this list.
A lovely Native American girl name that means “new moon.”
A girl name that's riding a wave of popularity. It translates into “pheasant.”
A Native American baby name that means “rich.”
A girl's name that means “pretty flower.” It's among the most lovely, memorable Native American baby names.
Native American Boy Names
A Native American boy's name that means “East wind.”
Cochise means “Renowned warrior chief of the Chiricahua Apache.” It's one of the more powerful Apache names for a little boy.
Jacy is a common male Blackfoot name meaning “the moon.”
A strong name for a boy, Tyee means “chief, leader, or big and superior.”
A Native American boy's name that means “spring frog.”
A Cheyenne boy name that means “chief.”
An adorable name for a little boy. Tokala means “fox.”
A Native American boy name that means “sage.”
This cool boy's name means “spirit warrior.”
This cute boy's name means “sparrow” in Hopi.
This Native American boy's name means “one who follows orders.”
A Hopi tribe boy name that means “sun.”
A Native American boy name that translates to “warrior spirit who sings.”
A Hopi tribe boy's name meaning “one who brings.”
Just like the city, it means “man of high status.” Not a common name yet, but could easily grow in popularity in coming years.
This sweet-sounding boy name means “bear.”
Another unique boy name. Kosumi means “fishes for salmon with a spear.”
A Native American boy name that translates into “rippling water.”
Nahele is a boy name that means “forest.”
Adriel is a Native American baby name that means “beaver or symbol of skill.”
While this name may sound different to some, it's a male Navajo name meaning “he is strong.”
A male Navajo name that means “brother.”
A Native American boy name that means “raven” in Navajo.
This male name means “giver of the water.” It's strong, memorable and also growing in popularity.
A solid boy's name meaning “one who is alert and watchful.”
Similar to Clayton, this popular name for boys means “falcon.”
A Sioux name for boys that means “appears bravely.”
Wapi is a male Sioux name that means “lucky.”
A Native American boy name meaning “winner.”
A boy name coming from the Sioux tribe meaning “fire.”
A Sioux tribe boy name that translates to “red thunder.”
A Sioux tribe boy name that means “large deer.”
A Native American baby name for boys meaning “sacred.” Think first two syllables of “Wakanda,” the fictional country in the Marvel blockbuster “The Black Panther.”
A Native American boy name that means “young eagle.”
Elu is a boy's name of Zuni origin that means “full of grace.” It's one of only a handful of our Native American baby names with just three letters.
A Native American name from the Zuni Tribe that means “cloud.”
Unknown Tribal Affiliation
Another firm male name, Dasan means “chief.”
This boy's name of unknown origin means “above or high place.”
A boy name of unknown origin that means “he who wrestles.” If you settle on this name for your boy, prepare for a handful.
This popular male name of unknown origin means “friend.”
Paco is a male name of unknown origin meaning “eagle.”
This is one of the more uncommon Native American baby names for boys. It means “fire maker” (unknown origin).
A Native American boy name of unknown origin that translates to “amazing.”
This Native name for boys is equal parts beautiful and stoic. It translates to “walks without sound.”
One of the more familiar-sounding Native American baby names due to its similarity to the Norse God, Odin, this boy's name of unknown origin that means “wind.”
This name, which means “new,” is also an astronomical term for a star that suddenly increases in brightness, then fades.
Native American Unisex Names
Onacona means “white owl” in Cherokee. It's believed that Cherokee people have always held owls in high regard. The predatory bird appears in differing contexts within Cherokee lore. According to several sources, the screech owl was often a messenger of future events.
This name is a variation of Cheyanne that means “sight of day.” Coincidentally, Abedabun flutes are also growing in popularity.
This stunning name means “valley of the wind.” This one will sound familiar if you live in Southern California, which is home to Simi Valley, a city located in the southeast corner of Ventura County.
This Navajo baby name is ultra popular now. It means “willow tree” in Navajo. One of the most high-profile individuals to bear the name is Kai Kara-France, a New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, who currently fights in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Dakota is one of the most popular Native American baby names for both male and female babies across America. This name means “friend.” The most famous Dakotas are most certainly Dakota Johnson, the actress, producer and model, best known for her starring role in the “Fifty Shades” film series, and Dakota Fanning, another actress, who rose to prominence at the age of seven for her performance as Lucy Dawson in the dramatic film “I Am Sam.”
Mika is often used for both boys and girls; the name means “rabbit.”
Rearrange the letters in the name “Dakota” (also on this list) and you get this unisex name, which means “friend to all.”
Though many first names with a lot of vowels tend to not pair as well with last names, we consider the name Weayaya an exception. This Sioux tribe name for boys or girls means “setting sun” or simply “sunset.”
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