Mar 4, 2013

Navajo Last Names

Names in Navajo are usually based upon:
  • physical description (e.g., Tsosie - Skinny) 
  • characteristic (e.g., Zonnie - Talkative one) 
  • habit or profession (e.g., Etcitty - Silversmith) 
  • description of residence (e.g., Biakeddy - Near the lake resident), 
  • familial relation to another person (e.g., Benally - his grandchild) 
  • clan (e.g., Todachine - Bitter water clan)
  • title (e.g., Haskie - Warrior)
This is my attempt at compiling a list of Navajo last names, their Navajo spellings, and meanings.

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Last name
Navajo spelling
Translation
Acothley
Akalii
Cowboy
Adakai or Attakai
Adika’i
Gambler
Ahasteen
Ahastiin
Husband
Altsissie
Alts'isi
Small
Ashkie

Ashkii

Boy
Atcitty or Etcitty
Atsidii
Silversmith
Atene or Atine

At'iinii

One who did it
Ayze
Azee'
Medicine
Bahe

Bahii

Greyish one
Bahezhone
Bahazhoni
Pleasant one
Bedonie or Badonie
Baadaani
His son-in-law
Begay
Biye’
His son
Begodie
Bigodii
His knee
Bekis
Bik’is
His friend or brother
Benally
Binali
His grandchild
Betone
Bit’ahnii
Within his cover clan
Beyale
Biyaal
Rich one
Biakeddy
Be’ak’idii
Near lake or pond resident
Bigishie
Bigishii
His cane
Bitsillie
Bitsili
His little brother
Bitsinnie
Bits’inii
Boney one
Bitsuie
Bitsoi
His grandchild
Bizahalone
Bizahalonii
Talkative one
Bizardi
Bizaadii
Talkative one
Bochinclonny
Ba'alchin lani
Many children
Chee

Chii’

Red one
Chishchilly
Tsii’ yisch’ilii
Curley hair
Chissie
Chishi
Chiricahua Apache clan
Clah or Claw
Nitl’ah
Left-handed
Clauschillage
Nitl’aa tsii yis’ch’ilii
Left-handed curly hair
Clausechee
Tl’ashchi’i
Red bottom clan
Clitso
Litso
Yellowish one
Cly

Nitl'ah

Left-handed
Dahozy
Diwozhii
Greasewood resident
Daisy

Deezhi

Younger sister
Dineyazhe
Dehiya

Dine yazhi
Dehaaya

Small man
One who went upward
Dejolie

Dejooli

Small one
Dele
Diil
Big one
Denetclaw
Dine nitl'aa
Lefty man
Denetdele or Denetdale

Dinediil

Big man
Denetsosie
Dine ts’osi
Skinny man
Deshcheenie
Deeshchii'nii
Red one clan
Dohi

Dohii

Muscular one
Endishchee

Nidishchii’

Near pine tree resident
Gishie
Gishii
His cane
Gonnie
Gaani
Left handed, backbone or skinny
Halkini
Halgainii
Plains resident
Halwood

Halwod

Ran up
Haswoody

Haswodii

Ran up
Haskan

Hashk’aan

Banana clan
Haskie or Hoskie
Hashke
Warrior
Hatathli
Hataalii
Medicine man
Hayou
Hayoi
Durable one
Holtsoi

Haltsoi

Yellow meadow clan
Hoshnick
Hwoshni
Near cactus resident
Hosteen
Hastiin
Man
Kaibetony
K'ai'bii'toonii
Willow spring resident
Kanaswood

Kee’naswod

One who followed
Kee
Kii
Boy
Keediniihii
Kee'diniihii
One with achy foot
Keeswood

Kiiswood

One who went
Keetso

Ketsoh

Big-footed one
Kescoli
Keshgolii
Club-footed one
Keyoni

Kinyaa’aanii

Towering house clan
Kinlichiinii
Kinlichii’nii
Red house clan
Kinnel
Bikinii
One who has a house
Lagai

Lighai

Light one
Lapahie

Libahii

Grey one
Nabahe

Naabahii

Warrior
Naize

Nez

Tall
Nakai

Naakei

Mexican clan
Nakaidine
Naakei Dine’e
Mexican clan
Nalje
Nalzheehii
Hunter
Natani

Nat’aanii

Leader
Natonaba
Nat’anii nabaahii
War leader
Nelwood
Nalwood
He ran back
Neswood

Naswood

He ran around
Nez

Neez

Tall
Neztsosie
Neez ts’osi
Tall skinny
Nezzie
Nezii
Tall one
Notah
Noda'i
Ute clan
Pahe

Bahii

Greyish one
Peshlakai
Besh Ligai
Silversmith
Saganey
Tseyi’nii
Canyon resident
Saganitso
Tseyi’nii tsoh
Big canyon resident
Sayetsitty or Sayetsey
Tseyi' Atsidii
Canyon silversmith
Secody

Sikaadii

Near spreaded plant resident
Silaigo
Silaago
Police man
Tabaha or Tapahe
Tabaaha
Edgewater clan
Tachine or Touchine
Tachii’nii
Red-forehead clan
Tah
T'ah
Within
Tahy

Tahii

Within
Taliwood

Taahiilwod

Went into the water
Taya

Taya

Under the water
Toby

Tobiyi'

In the water
Toadlena

To'aheedliinii

Water flows together clan
Todachine or Todacheeny

Todich’ii’nii

Bitter water clan
Todikonzie
Todik'ozhii
Sour water clan
Tohe

Tohe

Watery
Tohonnie

To’ahani

Near the water clan
Totsonnie
Totsohnii
Big water clan
Tsabetsaya

Atsabitsee'ii

Eagle tail
Tseazissie

Tse asgizii

Twisting rock plant
Tseda

Tsedaa'

Rock cliff's edge
Tsinajinnie or Tsinajine

Tsinaajinii

Black-streak clan
Tsinnie
Ts’inii
Boney one or Old tree
Tsipei
Tsii'bei
Grey hair
Tso

Tsoh

Big
Tsosie
Ts’osi
Skinny
Tulley or Toole

Toli

Watery
Uentillie
Ayoo'inildilii
Heavy set
Woody

Na'nilhwodii

Limping one
Yabeney

Yaabini'ii

One who worries
Yazzie

Yazhi

Small
Zah
Zah
Speaker
Zahne
Zahnii
Talkative one
Zilth

Dzil

Mountain resident
Zonnie
Zahnii
Talkative one
 

Related posts:
Navajo last names - Translated
Navajo last names - Spanish origin
Navajo last names - European origin
How Navajos got their names by Indian Agent Albert Kneale