Gender: Female Meaning of Alaska: "great land" Origin of Alaska: Native American

Alaska Origin and Meaning

The name Alaska is a girl's name of Native American origin meaning "great land".

State name Alaska stems from an Aleutian word for the land mass itself. The number of baby girls named Alaska has doubled in the past five years, and is sure to continue increasing as more place names are annexed as baby names. Wilder but as habitable as Dakota or Cheyenne, Alaska is a girls' name choice for the future.

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bordercollie Says:


I love the wildness and sleek strength of Alaska. It makes me picture a bold, beautiful, intelligent girl.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I actually kind of like this name. It's strong and attractive.

kxlly0614 Says:


I think you either don't care about this name or love it. I must say, I really like this name ;) Something about it is so unique, I can predict that it will be popular eventually like other state names (Georgia, Virginia, etc.)

snowsbeloved Says:


So bold and unusual! I like it...a name for a rugged and wild beauty. Although I'll probably never use it.

snowsbeloved Says:


Weird! But you DO have a great name!

RoddyThlayli Says:


I think this could also be a cool name for a boy.

ricci Says:


That is why i love this name too :)

headintheclouds Says:


It's an unusual take on place names, and I suppose if you have a deep connection to the place, then go for it. Personally though, it makes me think of Sarah Palin :/ and huskies. I think Juneau would be a nicer alternative to honor the state than Alaska.

Alaska Noelle Says:


I think it's really cool how popular this name is getting. I've seen like 5 name polls now where people are contemplating naming their daughters Alaska Noelle and that's really cool (and kind of freaky) to me because that's my name.

otheralix Says:


My nickname for a (growing) group of friends is Alaska. It began as something that only people at my job called me (everyone needed a different name for anonymity) and once I started meeting new people with coworkers, it expanded. Now, it's just as much my name as my actual name. I love it. I love when people compliment me on it without knowing it's not my given name. It's similar enough to my given name (Alexandra) that it's not too difficult for people to accept it's a nickname without me going into the whole had-to-pick-a-name-for-work, etc etc origin story.

RavenZimmi Says:


awesome name! i love place names and the name Lasky so automatically this is one of my favourites

TheClockworkPrincess Says:


What name did you eventually decide on for your child?

TheClockworkPrincess Says:


Looking for Alaska by John Green made me love this name. Although, I don't really like Alaska's fate in that book I thought she was a strong character. She was very unique and event though she had a negative outlook on life she was still inspirational. Alaska was loyal to her friends. She was also bold, and want afraid to be herself. I would seriously consider using this name on a child. I think it is a really pretty place name. :)

Guest Says:


How about another place name. Or Juno!

MacDonald Says:


My Daughter's name is Alaska and she is now 12... I never thought it being that different at the time I just wanted to encourage her to travel when she got older. Now I am about to have my second child I can not think of any name I like and I am 36 weeks.....

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


There was a little girl on Toddlers and Tiaras named Alaska

ldougie Says:


I totally agree, but I still love the name.

mabespark Says:


So gorgeous and feminine. I really love it.

jan11th Says:


I love this name but the John Green book ruined it for me because I hated the girls personality and hatred for life.

tori101 Says:


Alaska is such a cool name!!