"playful one"

Pocahontas Origin and Meaning

The name Pocahontas is girl's name meaning "playful one".
Seen from our vantage point, Pocahontas is a name that will please no one. It's sure to invite playground mockery, and parents without Algonquin ancestry will be engaging in 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.

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. Read more about Pocahontas and other Disney Princess Names in our featured blog.

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Famous People Named Pocahontas

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

Pocahontas in Pop Culture

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