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.

  • Obama

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    The surname of our new president has been been adopted as a first, for girls as well as boys, by admiring parents around the world. And the O beginning even makes it fashionable. Though Barack... Read More 

  • Phoenix

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    Phoenix rolls a lot of cool trends into one: it's a place-name and a bird name, it ends in the oh-so-hip letter x, and as the mythic bird that rose from the ashes, it's a symbol of immortality.... Read More 

  • Picabo

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    Olympic skier Picabo Street was allowed to choose her name at the age of three, and picked it possibly (a) after a nearby Idaho town or (b) because she loved to play peekaboo. No longer a... Read More 

  • Reagan

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    A strong, straightforward Irish unisex surname, with a merry glint in its eye, Reagan has been leaping up the popularity lists, hovering around Number 100 since 2012 after two decades much further... Read More 

  • Rebel

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    Asking for trouble. Read More 

  • Savannah

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    A place name with a deep Southern accent, the once-obscure Savannah shot to fame, with others of its genre, on the heels of the best seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which... Read More 

  • Sequoia

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    This name of a giant tree, itself named for a nineteenth-century Cherokee who invented a way to write his tribe's language, makes a strong, stately statement. Read More 

  • Sierra

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    Sierra is a name borrowed from the western mountain range, with Latin rhythm and cowboy charm, that has led to many offshoots: Cierra, Cyara, and so on. It is now probably past its peak but... Read More 

  • Sojourner

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    African-American and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth was born as Isabelle into slavery. She adopted her new name when she began traveling and preaching abolition in 1843. Sojourner is a... Read More 

  • Tahoe

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    A unique natural-wonder option, conjuring up the beauty of the lake between California and Nevada that has become a popular tourist destination. Read More 

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