African American Submitted Surnames

These names are a subset of American names used more often by African Americans. See also about African-American names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ANALUKAAfrican American
The Analuka Family was founded... [more]
ARDELLAAfrican American
Derivative of Arden, popularized by the poem of the same name by Langston Hughes, the most well-known Black poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Meaning is "garden dweller."... [more]
BAUMFREEDutch, American, African American
This name is clearly derived from Sojourner Truth, a former African-American slave who was born as Isabella Bomefree (but at some point the surname was changed to the more German-looking Baumfree). Although Sojourner's original owners - James and Elizabeth Bomefree/Baumfree - were apparently of Dutch descent, it is questionable whether the surname is really of Dutch origin... [more]
BIRDSONAfrican American
It means son of Bird and most likely came from someone who was given the name Bird. The word bird is found in all English language dictionaries and was not intended to be a name.
BUGGSAfrican American (Anglicized, Modern)
I do not know much about this surname except to say that an employee at my job has Buggs as their surname.