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Tennessee Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Tennessee is of Native American Cherokee origin.

The meaning of Tennessee is "place name".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 5188 in baby name popularity for boys with 18 occurrences.  It ranked 5743 in popular baby names for girls with 23 occurrences. 

View the Tennessee Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Tennessee has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Tennessee to other names.


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Tennessee falls into the place name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Tennessee Williams.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Tennessee in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Tennessee.

Just for fun, see the name Tennessee in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Tennessee in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

Naming a child in the Native American culture is a sacred event only to be performed by the wisest in the group, the elders. Because of the level of ritual that it is given, Native American names are considered especially significant and powerful.

Children are often named after something that appears in nature, a personality trait or their perceived destiny.

Some examples include Ooljee (Navajo name for "moon"), Weayaya (Sioux name for sunset), Ohitekah (Sioux word for brave), Abequa (Cheyenne name for "someone who stays at home"), Lomahongva (Hopi name for "rising beautiful clouds")