Popular African-American Baby Names
African-american baby names are often modern invented names that use popular names in combinations. You will find two lists, one for the top girl names and one for the top boy names. Read through to find out more about their origin and meaning. Find out about their connection with the entertainment business and sports. Famous athletes and music celebrities are helping these African-American baby names to become even more popular. These are your very best choices!
Popular African-American Baby Names for Girls
Janita: another form of Juanita which is the female version of the Spanish name Juan. Jantita’s playful and vibrant sound makes it perfect for creating a friendly environment.
Keneisha: this is another example of African-American baby names being a combination of popular English names. In this case, you have Ken and Aisha, 2 in 1. Keneisha has at least a dozen of different variations, some of the most popular include Kaneesha, Kenysha and Kinesha.
Laquisha: some African-American baby names can have double meaning. For example, some baby name experts suggest that Laquisha derives from Leticia which means happy and joyful. On the other hand, there are also indications that the name comes from Queisha which has African-Bobangi origin. In any case, the popular La- prefix makes this cute girl name a bit more European, giving an elegant French touch.
Latoya: thanks to Michael Jackson’s sister Latoya, this name has been popular since the 80’s among the African-American parents. As it has now been over-used, you might want to look for fresh alternatives inspired by show-biz and top talented musicians like Aaliyah or Destiny from the super group Destiny’s Child.
Makayla: another form of Michaela, the female version of Michael. The meaning of Makayla is who is like God and has a Hebrew origin. Makayla is one of the most popular African-American baby names as it currently stands in the no.69 spot at the baby name charts. The trends are favoring Makayla, which also includes trendy girl name Kayla, so it’s safe to predict that it’s going straight into the top 50 of all US baby names for girls.
Roneisha: the popular -isha ending has done it again! Now combined with Rhonda, you get one of the most modern African-American baby names which was invented in the 20th century from the Welsh “rhon” which means spear or pike.
Shanika: the meaning of this English origin name is God is gracious. Celebrity baby name for actress Shanika Warren-Markland known for her role as Kerrys in the British crime movie 126.96.36.199 (watch the official trailer via YouTube).
Shaquita: African-American baby names have a strong link with professional basketball and NBA super star Shaquille O’Neal is an undispute role model for many young boys and girls. Shaquita is the female version of his name which inspires every day thousands of kids to start playing sports with a dream to be compete in the big leagues one day. Quita is in fact a name that derives from the Indoeuropean language. It also sounds like chiquita, which is a widely used term from a Spanish father to his baby girl.
Popular African-American Baby Names for Boys
Dantay: the true origin of Dantay is Latin and comes from either Dante or Donte. The meaning of Dantay is enduring as it comes from the latin word durant. Dantay is a powerful and strong African-American baby name that will keep your son motivated for years.
Deshaun: African-American baby names can also be unisex. Deshauan is one of them and it derives from the English name Shawn which means God is gracious. If you add the prefix De- you will have the son of Shawn. This makes it perfect for a father whose name is Shawn or even Sean.
Deandre: modern invented African-American baby names are now rising in popularity. Deandre, the son of Andre, is now trending in the top 500 baby names with a strong indication that it will go even higher. The French origin of Deandre was also influenced by Portuguese language. The root of this sophisticated boys name is Andrew which means manly and strong in Greek.
Jalen: thanks to Jalen Rose, a retired NBA basketball player who is now an ESPN sports analyst, this name has been associated to athlete names. If you had enough hearing Jason everywhere, now it’s your chance to ditch the old-fashioned name and use a fresh and trendy alternative which is now included in the top 500 popular baby names in USA.
Jamarcus: another star of the sport fields, this time in a different game. Jamarcus Russell popularized this vivid name when he appeared in the American football as a quarterback with a promising career. The name has obvious connection with the St. Marcus, making it an ideal choice for African-American parents who are looking for a biblical name which doesn’t sound too boring.
Mychal: an innovative way to spell Michael, which means who is like God? Reminds you of so many important figures for the African-American community like Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan (like these adorable Nike Airs in the photo below?)
Treyvon: variation of Trevon which in turn comes from the more popular name Trevor. This pretty boy name has Welsh origin and denotes the person who comes from a large village.
Laquentin: the prefix La- strikes again, this time with the quirky name Quentin. This offbeat choice has Latin origin and means fifth, which makes it perfect for baby boys born in May. I wouldn’t suggest reserving it for your 5th baby though, as it would be too much!
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