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.

  • Hawthorne

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    The great American novelist sets this above many other surnames (and nature names, for that matter), but it's still an imposing and adventurous choice. Do nicknames Hawk or Thorne make it more... Read More 

  • Hemingway

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    No matter how much you love the novels of Papa H., don't saddle your son with this unwieldy appellation.Read More 

  • Hiawatha

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    African-American journalist Hiawatha Bray is a singular contemporary bearer of this name of a Native-American leader immortalized in a Longfellow poem. Read More 

  • Imala

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    Distinctive Native-American choice with forceful meaning. Read More 

  • Indiana

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    Indiana is one of those place-names (think Camden and Trenton) that sounds cooler than the place that inspired it. Indiana, as in (male) movie adventurer Jones, may have a rhythmic sound, but as a... Read More 

  • Jackson

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    Cool name Jackson is one of the celebrisphere's top favorites, having been chosen by, among others, Spike Lee, Poppy Montgomery, Carson Daly, Maria Bello, Natalie Maines, Scott Wolf, Maya Rudolph,... Read More 

  • Janiya

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    This name can be seen as a newly invented name, a sort of elaboration on Jane. It is also a rare Hebrew name—also spelled Jania—that means "from Jana." It has been declining steadily in the US... Read More 

  • Jefferson

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    The name of the third U.S. President sounds, like Harrison and Jackson, more modern and stylish now than its root name. Used as a first name long before our surname-crazed era, Jefferson was most... Read More 

  • July

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    Hotter than June. Read More 

  • Kateri

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    St. Kateri Teckakwitha is the first Native American saint, canonized in 2012. St. Kateri was the daughter of a Mohawk warrior, born in 1656 in upstate New York. She converted to Christianity at... Read More 

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