The Traditional Naming Process

As reported by Alexander Longe in 1725: "The maternal grandmother named daughters and a senior male in the father's lineage named sons."

Today it is common for the maternal grandmother to name all her grandchildren with their Cherokee names. Cherokee names are not the same as English names, and many times are not even similar in meaning to one another when translated. The Cherokee Nation cannot give you an Indian name; only a traditional member of your family can do that. Many people will not have a separate Cherokee name today, especially if traditional family members who could do the naming have passed on.