Anishinaabe Names




Nozwinan

We regularly receive requests for help with Anishinaabe names. So if you are looking for an Anishinaabe name for a pet, a literary character, or need a nickname for a friend or the spelling for your next tattoo, here are some name suggestions we have gathered over the years.

If you are looking to name a baby or yourself, please remember to request help from an elder. There are many traditions so be sure to take time and get it right because the best Anishinaabe names are given with love and wisdom.

Note: Add “ikwe” or “inini” to indicate gender (not necessary but helpful).

Aandeg: Crow
Anong: Star
Binishii: Bird
Dakwaa: Short
Diindiisi: Bluejay
Giiwedin: North
Maa’ingan: Wolf
Maakade: Black
Makwa: Bear
Nimkii: Thunder
Noodin: Wind
Omagakiins: Little Frog
Waasnodae: Dawn
Waabshkaande: White

In the spirit of more use of the language being for the best we have put together this page and would love to hear contributions to our list. Send a note to noodin@uwm.edu to include a name.