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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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
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".
FILEMONSEN     Greenlandic
Means "son of Filemon".
HATATHLI     Navajo
From Navajo hataałii meaning ‎"medicine man, shaman", literally "singer" (from the verb hataał ‎"he sings, he is chanting").
LIGHTFOOT     Native American
This surname is of Cherokee origin.
OXENDINE     Native American
A surname used often within the Lumbee tribes in North Carolina
TEE     Cherokee
Origin:Cherokee Chief named teesquantee, tee is the short version. Tee means "male of the woods".
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".
VENZOR     Native American (?)
Perhaps from a native American language: commonly found in northern Mexico, alongside the variants Vensor, Benzor and Bensor, unexplained.
WANBLI     Sioux
Means "eagle" in the Sioux language.
YAZZIE     Native American, Navajo
Derived from the Navajo word yázhí meaning "little".
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