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Top Native American Names for Girls

Native American girl names are the oldest female names known in North America, though many have fallen out of use with the marginalization of Indigenous cultures. But any discussion of American names must include these authentic choices.

Nameberry's list of Native American names for girls includes 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.
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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.

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.