Gender: Male Origin of Tennessee: Native American, Cherokee, place-name

Tennessee Origin and Meaning

The name Tennessee is a boy's name of Native American origin.

When playwright Thomas Lanier Williams adopted the pen name of Tennessee, he created a new possibility among American place-names, although it's admittedly a bit bulky in size. Reese Witherspoon brought it back into the spotlight when she chose it for her son.

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Pop Culture References for the name Tennessee

Tennesy, Tenny, Tennysee, Tenn


Leah_ Says:


I actually don’t dislike this name. I like it MUCH better than “Dakota”

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caetano Says:


I really like it for a boy