Example Indian Names

Every member must choose a Native American name.  The selection of a name for parent and child should be done with the same respect and ceremony that is practiced by the American Indian.  The name should reflect honor, and the bearer should carry it with honor.


The American Indians grant names to their children in the following ways, which your tribe can consider in selecting names that have meaning for each specific person.




  • The elders’ vision of what the child may turn out to be.

  • Something that stood out in the parents’ minds on the day the child was born.

  • The traits of the parent or child (Great Thunder, Keen Eyes, Quiet Squirrel).

  • An experience of great meaning to the family (Clear Water, Red Sky).


Braves








Bear Claw
Big Bear
Big Brave Buffalo
Big Buffalo
Big Oak
Big Running Fox
Big Sky
Big Trout
Biting Python
Black Bear
Black Elk
Black Hawk
Blue Fox
Blue Sky
Bow Hunter
Brave Fox
Brave Thunder
Brave Tomahawk
Bright Arrow
Bright Lightning
Bright Spirit
Broken Arrow
Burning Arrow
Burning Fire
Canoe Rider
Cloud Dancing
Condor
Crashing Wave
Crazy Fox
Crazy Horse
Crazy Legs
Dances With Wolves
Dune Runner
Eagle Eye
Little Shark
Little Stream Dancer
Little Turtle
Little Wing
Little Wolverine
Long Bow
Long Knife
Mighty Mouse
Moon Ray
Moon Sliver
Mountain Lion
Night Spirit
Old Grizzly Bear
Ooltewah
Owl Moon
Painted Horse
Purple Pond
Racing Stallion
Radiant Rainbow
Raging Buffalo
Raging Bull
Raining River
Rattler
Raving Bull
Red Arrow
Red Cheetah
Red Dog
Red Eagle
Red Eagle
Red Feather 
Red Hawk
Red Hawk
Red Ryder
Tomahawk Dark Hawk

 


Princesses








Amber
Autumn Sun
Big Butterfly
Big Cat
Big Rainbow
Black Raven
Blonde Feathers
Blue Dolphin
Blue Moon
Blue Sunshine
Bright Moon
Bright Sunshine 
Climbing Rock
Cloud Flower
Crawling Cub
Dancing Bear
Dancing Butterfly
Dancing Cub
Dancing Heart
Dancing Pony
Dancing Rainbow
Dancing Star
Dancing Swan
Dancing Wind
Daring Doe
Darting Horse
Dream Catcher
Eagle Eye
Evening Star
Falling Rock
Falling Snowflake
Fast Buck
Fast Raccoon
Fire Starter
Fire Stick
Fishing Bear
Flaming Arrow
Floating Moon
Flowering Blossom
Flying Arrow
Flying Bird
Flying Eagle
Flying Eagle
Flying Hawk
Flying Squirrel
Friendly Eagle
Galloping Horse
Gliding Eagle
Glowing Moon
Golden Arrow
Golden Bear
Golden Bobcat
Golden Fox
Golden Hawk
Golden Pony
Golden Rain
Golden Star
Golden Sun
Golden Sunset
Good Feather
Gray Wolf
Great Eagle
Green Iguana
Grey Feather
Grey Wolf
Grinning Bear
Growling Bear
Hairy Bear
Happy Cloud
Hawkeye
Heavy Feather
Hoarse From Roaring
Honey Bear
Hopping Foot
Howling Coyote
Howling Wolf
Howling Wolf
Hummingbird
Hungry Bear
Hunting Hawk
Hunting Wolf
Ice Dancer
Ice Wolf
Indian Feather
Jumping Deer
Jumping Wolf
Leaping Deer
Leaping Fish
Leaping Lizard
Leaping Toad
Light Feather
Lightening Bolt
Lightning Moose
Limping Wolf
Lion Heart
Little Acorn
Little Bear
Little Bear
Little Blossom
Little Blue Eyes
Little Blue Feather
Little Bright Star
Little Buck
Little Buffalo
Little Butterfly
Little Cougar
Little Dolphin
Little Dove
Little Fawn
Little Feather
Little Fish
Little Flower
Little Fox
Little Golden Bear
Little Grizzly Bear
Little Hawk
Little Licking Kitty
Little Lightening Bolt
Little Lion
Little Manatee
Little Mustang
Little Owl
Little Rainbow
Little Rock
Little Running Bear
Little Running Bee
Little Running Wolf
Little Shooting Star
Little Snow Bear
Little Spark
Little Stream
Little Thunder
Little Turtle
Little Wing
Little Wolf
Lone Star
Moon Bear
Moonbeam
Moonbeam
Moonflower
Moonlight
Morning Cloud
Morning Dove
Morning Star
Mountain Flower
Night Owl
Pink Blossom
Pink Cloud
Prairie Falcon
Prancing Deer
Prancing Pony
Princess Butterfly
Proud Eagle
Purple Cloud
Purple Dawn
Raccoon Eyes
Rain Cloud
Rain Drop
Rainbow
Rainbow Warrior
Raven
Red Robin
Rising Moon
Rising Star
Rising Sun
Rising Sun
Road Runner
Roadrunner
Roaring Tiger
Roaring Water
Rolling Thunder
Round Moon
Run Like The Wind
Running Bear
Running Bull
Running Bull
Running Bunny
Running Deer
Running Fox
Running Gator
Running Roadrunner
Running Skunk
Running Wind
Running Wolf
Runs Like the Wind
Rushing River
Rushing River
Scampering Wolf
Screaming Eagle
Sea Turtle
Sharp Horned Buffalo
Shining Daisy
Shining Owl
Shining Red Star
Shining Ring
Shining Wolf
Shivering Deer
Shooting Arrow
Shooting Arrow
Shooting Bull
Shooting Star
Short Change
Silver Bass
Singing Bird
Singing Dolphin
Singing Grass
Singing Water
Sitting Buck
Sitting Bull
Sky Hawk
Sleeping Badger
Sleeping Fawn
Slithering Snake
Smiles-a-Lot
Smiling Star
Snarling Wolf
Snowflake Star
Soaring Eagle
Soaring Eagle
Soaring Hawk
Sparkling Moon
Sparkling Star
Sparkling Stream
Speedy Bear
Spirit Dog
Spring Star
Stalking Bobcat
Star Finder
Storm Eagle
Straight Arrow
Straight Arrow
Strong Wind
Strong Wind
Sun Eagle
Sun Flower
Sunflower
Sunrise
Swift Eagle
Swift Hawk
Swimming Cat
Swimming Otter
Tall Oak
Tall Snake
Tall Tree
Tender Warrior
Thunder
Thunder Cloud
Thunder Light
Thunderbolt
Thundering Moose
Tiger Paw
Tiger Tooth
Tiger Tooth
Tiger Tulip
Turtle Keeper
Walking Bear
Walking Buffalo
Water Lilly
Water Lilly
Whispering Wind
White Buffalo
White Cloud
White Eagle
White Eagle
White Panther
White Pearl
White Shark
White Wolf
Wild Bear
Wild Boar
Wild Coyote
Wild Eagle
Wild Flower
Wild Horse
Wild Runner
Wile Coyote
Wind Dancer
Wind in Golden Hair
Winter Hawk
Wolf Eyes
Wrestling Bear
Yellow Sunflower
Young Eagle Eye



 


Various Native American Words


The spelling provided in the “Indian Word” column is the English spelling of the Amerindian word.  This is due to the fact that many Amerindian letters are symbols not in the English alphabet.  Even words that do have similar symbols do not necessarily sound the way they may look to a non-native speaker.  To make it easier on those who wish to use these words in writing, only the English spelling has been provided.  If no English spelling is known to exist, one was made up that closely resembled its pronunciation.
















































































































































English Translation


Indian Word


Pronunciation


Tribe of Origin


Children


Wakanheja


wah-KON-eh-zah


Dakota/Lakota/Nakona


Dance


Wacipi


wa-CHEE-pe


Dakota/Lakota/Nakona


Drum


 Cancega


CHON-chay-gah


Dakota/Lakota/Nakona


Fire


Ko


KO


Navajo


Fish


Loo


LOW-OH


Navajo


Friend


 Kage


KAW-gay


Omaha-Ponca (Siouan)


God or the Great Spirit


Waconda


wah-KONE-dah


Omaha-Ponca (Siouan)


Grand Entry


Okawingapi


wah-KAH-win-ah-pe


Dakota/Lakota/Nakona


Great Spirit/The Creator


Wakantanka


wak-KON-ton-kah


Dakota/Lakota/Nakona


Hello


Yatahey


YAH-AHT-ay


Navajo


Hello


Aho


ah-HO


Omaha-Ponca (Siouan)


Hello


Osiyo


oh-see-YOH


Cherokee (Tsalagi)


Hello Friend(s)


Aho kage


ah-OH KAW-gay


Omaha-Ponca (Siouan)


House


Kin


KIN


Navajo


I am finished


Washte


wash-TAY


Omaha-Ponca (Siouan)


Light, lamp, candle


Gulekey


gule-KEE


Muskogee (Creek)


Mother


Amo


a-MAH


Navajo


Mountain


Gunehoolwethlaggo


goon-hool-wee-THLAG-go


Muskogee (Creek)


My father


Nehoeehe


nee-HO-ay


Cheyenne


No


Dooda


DOH-OH-dah


Navajo


Sky


Ya


YAH


Navajo


Smoke


Lid


Lid


Navajo


Song


Odowan


oh-DOH-won


Dakota/Lakota/Nakona


Warrior/veteran


Akicita


ah-KE-che-tah


Dakota/Lakota/Nakona


Water


To


TOH


Navajo


Yes


ahoh


ah-OH


Navajo