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Algonquian Names

Search Algonquian Names by origin and find the meaning and history behind your favorite first names. Get great ideas for baby names from around the world.

The origin of a name can be very important if you are looking to find a baby name that is related to your own family or part of your culture.

Choosing your baby’s name is a big responsibility. It’s the name that he or she will carefully practice writing out to sign magnificent pieces of preschool artwork. It’s the name your child will use to introduce and identify him or herself.

Check out this list of Algonquian Names for boys and girls with their meanings and origins. The collection of Native American Algonquian Names includes baby names for boys and girls. The naming traditions of Native American Indians varied greatly from tribe to tribe but were generally based on gender, nature, totem animals and descriptions of the appearance or features of a baby. We have a specific list for girls and another list of for boys.

Are you looking for a French name for your baby ? Consider Brittaney, a beautiful name that means “White flower” – what a perfect way to describe your little angel!

Why are names so important?

People give certain names to their children for various reasons – to honor someone, like a favored relative or famous person (like your uncle Michael, or John F. Kennedy); because the name itself translates to something special (like my name, Timothy, translates to “serving God”), to provide a sense of uniqueness in the world (like the name of someone I knew in college gave to her daughter – Tanji), or to be frivolous (as in the case of parents who might name their child “Lucifer” or “Messiah” or “23”). In some cultures which use descriptive phrases or nouns for names, as in some Native American tribes, it is seen as bestowing the gifts or talents described in the phrase, such as Running Rabbit or Flying Arrow.

The Algonquian Speaking Tribe

The Algonquian languages were spoken by the Northeast Woodlands and the Great Plains Indians. The Great Plains culture area extended across the prairies of central North America which was home to many tribes including the Crow, Cheyenne, Blackfoot and Comanche. The people of this massive area spoke a variety of languages including Siouan, Algonquian, Caddoan, Uto-Aztecan and Athabaskan. The vast variety of languages were due to introduction of the horse by the white settlers which made the hunting lifestyle very attractive to many nomadic tribes. The list of Algonquian Names for boys and girls covers many of these tribes.

Seek out an Algonquian Name with an origin and meaning that resonates with you here.