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Native American Names Round 1 — Cherokee

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By Dantea, aka Angel Thomas

As many of you know, I’m a good half Greek, but as not too many of you know, the other half of me is Choctaw and Cherokee Native American.  Today, I’ll focus on Cherokee names and naming rules and next time we’ll look at Choctaw.

Cherokee has its own alphabet and its own naming rules, much like any other language. For example: There are no Cherokee sounds for the letters B, F, P, R, V, X, Z, SH, or TH. Cherokee speakers replace them with the lettesr QU so they would pronounce Rebecca “quay-quay-gah”. SH becomes S, TH becomes T, R is sometimes L or QU (Mary would be may-lee), and KR/CR/CHR becomes QU so Chris becomes quiss.

In Cherokee, syllables end in vowels so if your name ends in a consonant, like Megan, you become Megana.

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