Category: Native American baby names
Many popular American baby names have their roots somewhere else: Germany (Emma) or Ireland (Liam) or ancient Greek or Hebrew (Sophia and Noah). That’s a lot like the melting pot of cultures that is America itself, but there are also authentically American baby names. These include Native American names, obviously, but also place names most closely identified with the US, names of American heroes, as well as baby names invented in the USA.
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.
Secret nature names are an intriguing category: baby names that reference animals or weather or some other aspect of nature in their meaning without being explicit about it the way names such as Lily and Fox are.
If you’re a nature lover but value subtlety in your name choices, these kinds of secret nature names may be perfect for you. We’ve explored secret garden names in the past, but today we turn our attention to nature names from the sky: names that mean butterfly and bird, that relate to rain and clouds and the sky itself.
Here, a wide range of secret nature names from many cultures: