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Native American Names: A - Z Lists of Native American baby names with their meanings. Interesting facts and information about Native American Names, Naming Traditions, Initiation Ceremonies and Tribal Customs. Some tribes, such as the Sioux, had a complicated naming system with six classes of names which incorporated Birth Names, Nicknames, Honor Names, special deed Names, Secret and Spirit names.

 

Native American Indian Names

Our guide to Native American Indian Names provide an insight to unusual baby names for boys and girls. Our selection include Apache Indian Names, Cherokee Indian Names, Cheyenne Indian Names, Comanche Indian Names and Sioux Indian Names. Check out our list of boy baby names and girl baby names and the meaning of these Native American Indian names. The above picture illustrates the Native American Baby Carriers, referred to as a Cradleboard, also called a Papoose.

Native American Indian Names - Naming Traditions
Native American naming traditions, vary greatly from tribe to tribe. Native American Names are basically drawn from nature. However, Native American Baby names could also be descriptive or chosen as nicknames e.g. little black eyes. Native American Names might also be based on the gender and birth position of the baby. A baby name would change with adulthood, a person could have several names during his lifetime. Native American Names were often chosen to mark major events in life and could change with new achievements, life experiences and accomplishments. Names also included totem animals. Native American Names often had "so personal and sacred a meaning" that they were never used as familiar or ordinary address.

 

A - Z Lists of Native American Indian Baby Names
This section contains A - Z Lists of Native American baby names with interesting facts and information about Native their meanings. Click on a letter to view baby name meanings for boys and girls.


 
A- Z Lists of Native American Baby Names for Boys and Girls
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A - Z Lists of Native American baby names with interesting facts and information about their meanings.
The collection of Native American Baby names include
Cherokee, Navajo, Sioux, Cheyenne, Apache and Crow baby names for boys and girls.

 

 

Native American Indian Names  and Naming Traditions
Native American naming traditions, vary greatly from tribe to tribe. Native American Names are basically drawn from nature. However, Native American Baby names could also be descriptive or chosen as nicknames e.g. little black eyes. Native American Names might also be based on the gender and birth position of the baby. A baby name would change with adulthood, a person could have several names during his lifetime. Native American Names were often chosen to mark major events in life and could change with new achievements, life experiences and accomplishments. Names also included totem animals. Native American Names often had "so personal and sacred a meaning" that they were never used as familiar or ordinary address.

Native American Indian Names - No Surnames
The Native Americans did not have surnames or family names. However, some Native Indians do have two names: one name is never made public because of the power it would give another person over them. The Ojibway tribe of Native Indians once considered it dangerous to speak the name of their own husbands and wives.

 

Indian Village with tepees

Picture of an Indian Village with Tepees

 

Native American Indian Names - Initiation Ceremonies
The period of puberty in boys and girls was often the occasion of elaborate initiation ceremonies with symbolic new-births. The initiation ceremonies of young boys could often be in the fashion of difficult ordeals which might include isolation and solitary confinement, medicine taking, ritual bathing, ritual paintings and even physical torture.

Native American Indian Names - Secret and Spirit names
The secret and sacred names were only known to the individual and the
Medicine Man. When a member of Sioux tribe wanted to show respect to someone who is not related to him he says "uncle" or "grandfather".

Native American Indian Names - Tribal naming customs and traditions
Some Native Americans adopted special customs and traditions which were specific to their tribe.

  • The Californian tribe of the Miwok choose a baby name based on the way a stream looked when the baby was born
  • The Hopi tribe of Arizona held a special ceremony 20 days after baby's birth. They rubbed a baby with an ear of corn which symbolized the Mother Earth. The baby was then named when the first ray of sun hit his forehead.
  • The Navajo tribes of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and California revere their names so much that they are only used during ceremonies. In everyday life people would be referred to as "Father", "Brother", "Mother", "Daughter" etc.
  • The Sioux (Lakota, Nakota and Dakota) have six classes of names: birth order, honour , special deed, nicknames, secret and spirit names. The first name is given based on the gender and birth position of the child. During life person gets several names.

Native American Indian Names - Totem Poles, the Family Tree
Ancestors and the family have always been of great importance to Native American Indians. The history of each family would be handed down from one generation to another and would include details of the good deeds, important events, and honours of the family. The totem pole played an important role in this tradition to the the North Coast Native American Indians. Family history was visually displayed outside the home of every North Coast Native American Indian via a Totem Pole. The Totem Pole would immediately illustrate the importance and history of each family. Totem poles were made of logs which were carved with various symbols including animals, birds, and religious spirits.

 

Native American Indian Names

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  • A - Z Lists of Native American baby names and meanings
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  • Male and Female Baby Native American Indian Names and meanings

 

Pictures and Videos of Native American Indians
Whilst you are researching Native American baby names for newborn boys and girls check out some of the pictures and videos we have included on the A - Z List pages. The videos enable fast access to the images, paintings and pictures together with the information and the many facts featured on the subject of Native Americans providing an unusual insight into their culture. Details of all of the articles and pages contained on www.warpaths2peacepipes.com can be accessed via the
Native Indian Tribes Index. We hope you enjoy watching the videos - just click and play - a great resource for gaining facts and information about the life of Native American Indians.

 

 

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