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What are some American Indian names?

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Some historical Native American names include Red Cloud, Cochise, Squanto, Crazy Horse and Sacajawea. More Native American names include Abeytu, Dyani, Goga, Lenmana and Mimiteh. Different Native American tribes had a variety of different names and name meanings.

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Historical Native Americans sometimes changed their names to suit their personality. Crazy Horse was named Cha-O-Ha at birth. Cha-O-Ha translates to "In the Wilderness," but Crazy Horse changed it to Thasuka Witko, which translates to "His-Horse-is-Crazy." The famous Ottowa Chief Pontiac was orignally named "Obwandiyag."

Some names and meanings specific to the Cheyenne and Chippewa tribes are "Sheshebens" which means "small duck," "Keezheekoni" which means "burning fire," "Kiwidinok" which means "of the wind," "Meoquanee" which means "wears red" and "Namid" which means "star dancer."

Names and meanings specific to the Hopi tribe include "Nampeyo" which means "snake girl," "Muna" which means "overflowing spring," "Nova" which means "chases butterfly," "Pakwa" which means "frog" and "Pamuy" which means "water moon."

Zuni tribe names include, "Pelipa" which means "lover of horses," "Tiwa" which means "onion," "Yatokya" which means "sun," "Elu" which means "beautiful" and "Meli" which means "bitter."

Sioux tribe names include, "Ptaysanwee" which means "white buffalo," "Weayaya" which means "sunset," "Zonta" which means "trusted," "Angpetu" which means "radiant" and "Chlumani" which means "dew."

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