Early African-American Names

Early American slave rolls are filled with classical and biblical names designed to show off the slave-owners' education and not normally used for whites; variations of African day names and place-names; along with other unusual names more closely identified over the years with black than white American culture. Some of the most notable:
  • Temperance

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    Not too long ago, Temperance was found only on lists of Puritan baby names.

    With increased increase in virtue names, and Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan on long-running television... Read More 

  • Tyra

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    High profile supermodel/entrepreneur Tyra Banks has put this name in the spotlight, endowing it with her confident, superattractive image. Read More 

  • Venus

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    The name of a heavenly planet and the Roman goddess of beauty and love was an intimidating no-no until tennis champ Venus Williams put an athletic, modern spin on it.

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  • Wesley

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    Wesley is one of a group of W-starting surname names reminiscent of the Old West that are making a comeback, now in the Top 140--though not as well used as it was in the 1970s, when he ranked as... Read More 

  • York

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    This British royal family name is rather formal and brusque. Read More 

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