American Baby Names

American baby names come from a range of sources, just like Americans themselves. There are Native American baby names, American place names for babies, names important in American history and namesakes for American heroes and artists, and baby names invented by Americans and used primarily in the US. Here, a selection of what might be thought of as American baby names.

  • Brooklyn

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Extreme makeover: Brooklyn has gone from jokey Borough Boy name in the 1990s to a very popular -- it's Number 34 on the national girls' list -- feminissima name today. The status of New York's... Read More 

  • Carolina

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    Languid, romantic, and classy, this variation heats up Caroline and modernizes Carol, adding a southern accent.

    Pronounced Caro-LINE-a in English-speaking countries, it is heard as... Read More 

  • Charleston

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Lovers of the languid South Carolina city might be attracted to this rich-sounding name. Could make an interesting update on Charles -- and can certainly work for a girl too. Actor Joey Lawrence... Read More 

  • Cherokee

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Cherokee is the name of a Native American tribe, the largest in the United States stretching from North Carolina through Oklahoma. The meaning of the word Cherokee is uncertain: It may be Choctaw... Read More 

  • Cheyenne

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The name of a courageous tribe, Cheyenne became quite popular in the 1990s, inspiring a wide range of spelling variations—Shyanne is one example that's still on the rise. Read More 

  • Clinton

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Ironically or maybe understandably, the name Clinton started a long steep decline after 110 years of relative popularity right around the time Bill became President. No word yet on how Hillary... Read More 

  • Dakota

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    An early and still popular unisex place name and name of a Native American people in the northern Mississippi valley. While the popularity of Dakota is trending downward for both genders, it's... Read More 

  • Florida

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    Lacks the cachet of some newer place-names. Read More 

  • Free

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    In the 1970s, actors Barbara Hershey and David Carradine gave this name to their son...who later changed it to Tom. Read More 

  • Glory

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Glory sounds fresh and uplifting and a lot more modern than Gloria (which is definitely feeling the stirrings of a revival, though some might still view it as a terminal Old Lady name). Glory, as... Read More 

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