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.

  • Tallulah

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    As memories of the outragrous actress Talullah Bankhead have faded, this hauntingly euphonious Choctaw name has re-entered the public domain. A modern hipster favorite, it's been chosen for their... Read More 

  • Tennessee

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    When playwright Thomas Lanier Williams adopted the pen name of Tennessee, he created a new possibility among American place-names, although it's admittedly a bit bulky in size. Reese Witherspoon... Read More 

  • Tex

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    Despite its rakish western charm, still remains a cowboy costume without a real persona inside. Read More 

  • Topanga

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    Used for a free-spirited character on a 1990s sitcom, this name of a beautiful Southern California canyon does have an unconventional aura. Read More 

  • Virginia

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    Virginia is a lovely place name starting with the fashionable V and having deep historical roots, yet, unlike some other other girls' classics, has been sorely neglected in recent years. ... Read More 

  • Washington

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    Lincoln, Tyler, Taylor, Jackson, Jefferson, Harrison, McKinley, Grant, Kennedy, Carter -- yes. Washington -- probably not. Read More 

  • Wynonna

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    Spelling used by country singer Wynonna Judd, one of two celebrities (the other is Winona Ryder) who brought this unusual Native American name widespread notice.Read More 

  • Yosemite

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    The evocative name of one of our most beautiful national parks -- yes, but also the bombastic cartoon character, Yosemite Sam. Read More 

  • Zayden

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    The most popular spelling of the fast-climbing member of the Aiden-rhyming clan. It entered the Top 1000 in 2006 at Number 881 and last year made it to 185, used by parents who love the first... Read More 

  • Zooey

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    Readers who remember J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey have probably forgotten that the character was male (nee Zachary). Nowadays the somewhat loopy spin on Zoe is associated with... Read More 

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