The many different tribes of North America and Canada were called 'Red Indians' by the white settlers due to the mistaken belief that Columbus had discovered a sea-route to India. They were also described as 'Amerindians' but the term 'Native American' has recently become popular as it recognises the fact that they were the original inhabitants of the continent. The following names of Native American origin have all been used in the United States in recent years.
|Ahanu he laughs||Akule he looks up||Delsin||Delsy||Demothi|
|Guyopi||Hahnee||Hakan fiery||Hinun clouds and rain||Hute|
|Inteus||Isekumu||Istas snow on the ground||Istu sugar pine||Ituha sturdy oak|
|Kanga, Kange||Kijika||Lonato||Masou||Mato brave|
|Tyee||Waban east wind||Wah-Keen||Wingi||Yana|
Most Native Americans have adopted European names but some retain English translations of tribal names as surnames.
This collection of names was compiled by Kate Monk and is ©1997, Kate Monk.
Copies may be made for personal use only.
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