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

The name Pocahontas is a girl's name meaning "playful one". Pocahontas and is often added to lists like Fictional Princess Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Pocahontas

Pocahontas (born Matoaka, aka Amonute), Native American Powhatan woman who was said to have saved the life of English settler John Smith

Pop Culture References for the name Pocahontas

"Pocahontas," 1995 Disney film based loosely on the life of the actual Pocahontas
Myra-Pocahontas Regina Madonna Savage-McQueen, daughter of Theresa McQueen on British soap "Hollyoaks"