Native American, Cherokee, place-name
"bend in the river or meeting place"

Tennessee Origin and Meaning

The name Tennessee is a boy's name of Native American origin meaning "bend in the river or meeting place".

When playwright Thomas Lanier Williams adopted the pen name of Tennessee, he created a new possibility among American place-names, although it's admittedly a bit bulky in size.

Reese Witherspoon brought it back into the spotlight when she chose it for her son. While Tennessee's two most famous bearers are male, the name can work equally well for a child of any gender.

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Famous People Named Tennessee

  • Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" WilliamsAmerican playwright.
  • "Tennessee" Ernie FordAmerican country music singer.
  • Tennessee EdwardsAmerican TV Producer.
  • Tennessee James Toth (b. 2012)son of actress Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth.
  • Tennessee Hawkins Church (b. 2015)son of singer Kenneth Eric Church.

Tennessee in Pop Culture

  • "Tennessee Jed" Grateful Dead song
  • TennesseeU.S. state

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