Gender: Female Meaning of Pocahontas: "playful one" Origin of Pocahontas: Algonquin

Pocahontas Origin and Meaning

The name Pocahontas is a girl's name meaning "playful one".

Seen from one vantage point, Pocahontas is a name that will please no one. It's sure to invite playground mockery, and some will accuse parents without Algonquin ancestry of cultural appropriation. In certain circles, the 1995 Disney movie still stirs up bad blood. The name doesn't even present any obvious nickname possibilities to hide behind.

And yet... we can't help but think there might be something here. Maybe. After all, Pocahontas was a very real, and very consequential, historical figure. Though it's worth noting that historians believe Pocahontas was really a sort of nickname rather than her proper name.

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Sillysarahlily Says:


Its weird to think that Myra-Pocahontas would now be 2

Miri Says:


It's a little odd, but Poe as a nickname could be cute.

helenlouise Says:


Haha I love that baby Myra-Pocahontas from Hollyoaks has made it to the pop culture references!