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Top Native American Names

Native American names are best known to most as place names and even tribal names that have been repurposed as baby names. A few Native American baby names have broken into the US Top 1000, such as Kaya.

If you want a Native American name for your baby, consider one of the following. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

DakotaHeart

  • Origin:

    Native American tribe and place name; Sioux
  • Meaning:

    "friendly one"
  • Description:

    A Native American tribe name which is found in the names of two US states, Dakota was one of the first trendy nineties place names, but is now flagging a little in popularity. The cultural question around using a Native American tribe name as a baby name may be partly to blame.

DakotaHeart

  • Origin:

    Place-name; Sioux
  • Meaning:

    "friendly one"
  • Description:

    An early and still one of the most popular unisex names, also a place name and name of a Native American people in the northern Mississippi valley, which makes it a controversial baby name choice. While the popularity of Dakota is trending downward for both genders, it's one of those rare genuinely gender-neutral names that is used for nearly equal numbers of boys and girls.

YaretziHeart

  • Origin:

    Nahuatl, Aztec
  • Meaning:

    "you will always be loved"
  • Description:

    This unusual name from the Nahuatl or Aztec language has one of the best meanings around. It sprang onto the US popularity list in 2006 and made a brief appearance in the Top 300 before sliding down a bit. It's popular in Mexico and with US Americans of Latino or Hispanic heritage, hitting on two big girl name trends in those communities: Ya- beginnings and -i endings.

YareliHeart

  • Origin:

    Native American, Spanish variation of Yara, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "water lady; small butterfly"
  • Description:

    Possibly a derivative variation of Yara, a popular name in Spanish-speaking countries meaning butterfly, Yareli was given to more than 400 baby girls in the US last year.