Native American Submitted Surnames

These names are or were used by the various indigenous peoples who inhabited North and South America.
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BEGAY Navajo
Derived from the Navajo word biyeʼ meaning "his son". This was frequently adopted as a surname among the Navajo when Native Americans were required by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to formally adopt surnames for the purpose of official records.
BENALLY Navajo
From Navajo binálí meaning "his grandchild", derived from análí meaning "(paternal) grandchild". It was commonly adopted when Native Americans were required to take surnames for record purposes.
BITSUIE Navajo
From bitsóí meaning "his grandchild", a commonly adopted surname when the BIA required Native Americans to take surnames for the purpose of official records.
BYLILLY Navajo
Derived from Navajo ‎"for him" and álílee "magic power".
CAN Mayan
from the word kaan meaning "snake"
CLY Navajo
From Navajo tłʼaaí meaning ‎"lefty, left-handed one", from the verb nishtłʼa ‎"to be left-handed".
CREEPINGBEAR Native American, Arapaho (?)
From the English words creeping and bear.
HARJO Creek
From Creek Ha'chō meaning "crazy brave; recklessly brave".
HATATHLI Navajo
From Navajo hataałii meaning ‎"medicine man, shaman", literally "singer" (from the verb hataał ‎"he sings, he is chanting").
HUAMAN Quechua (Spanish), Native American
Derived from Quechua waman meaning "falcon, hawk".
LIGHTFOOT Native American
This surname is of Cherokee origin.
QUISPE Quechua, Native American
Derived from Quechua qispi meaning "free".
SAKAGUT Zapotec (Anglicized, Rare)
This name is rare and usually given to the "god child."
TANGUMA Native American (?), Mexican
Mexican surname of uncertain origin, probably Native American.
TENAYUCA Native American, Mexican (Rare), Comanche (?)
Of uncertain origin. A known bearer was Emma Tenayuca (1916-1999), an American labor leader of Comanche descent.
TOMAHAWK Sioux
The name comes from Powhatan tamahaac, derived from the Proto-Algonquian root *temah- 'to cut off by tool'. Algonquian cognates include Lenape təmahikan, Malecite-Passamaquoddy tomhikon, Abenaki demahigan, all of which mean "axe".
TSOSIE Navajo
From the Navajo suffix -tsʼósí meaning "slender, slim", originally a short form of a longer name such as kiitsʼósí "slender boy", hashkétsʼósí "slender warrior", cháalatsʼósí "slim Charlie", dághaatsʼósí "the one with a slender mustache", dinétsʼósí "slender man", or hastiintsʼósí "slender man".
UENTILLIE Navajo
From Navajo ayóí meaning "very" and áníldííl meaning "husky, large".
WANBLI Sioux
Means "eagle" in the Sioux language.
YAZZIE Native American, Navajo
Derived from the Navajo word yázhí meaning "little".
YUPANQUI Quechua (Spanish), Native American
Derived from Quechua yupanki meaning "accountant".
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