Common Names Associated With The Tribe
Among the Sioux nations, naming traditions differed greatly but were usually based on nature, gender, descriptions of the features and appearance of the baby, and totem animals. They had different names for girls and boys.
A baby’s name could change in his or her adulthood and an individual could have more than one name in his lifetime.
Also, their names could change with major events in life, new achievements, accomplishments, and life experiences.
The Sioux had a naming system which was complicated. They had six categories of names which were Nicknames, Birth names, Honor names, Secret names, Spirit names, and Special deeds names.
The spirit names and the sacred names were only known to the Medicine man and the particular individual.
Common boy names associated with the tribe were; Chatan (Hawk), Chayton (Falcon), Hanska (Tall), Hotah (Strong), Mahkah (Earth), Mato (Bear), Tashunka (Horse), Wambleeska (White eagle), Akecheta (Warrior), Chaska (Eldest son), Makhpia Luta (Red Cloud), Tatanka Ptecila (Little Bull), and Wapasha (Red leaf).
Girl names that were associated with the tribe commonly were; Chapa (Beaver), Chumani (Dewdrops), Ehawee (Laughing maid), Kimimela (Butterfly), Macha (Aurora), Magaskawee (Graceful), Ojinjintka (Rose), Shappa (Red thunder), Wichahpi (Star), Zitkala (Bird), Zonta (Trustworthy), Tahcawin (Doe), Talutah (Scarlet), Weayaya (Sunset), and Wachiwi (Dancing girl).