Shawnee is a gender-neutral name of Native American origin, meaning “southern people.” Shawnee is the name of an Algonquian-speaking Native American tribe in Oklahoma that once lived throughout West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Their warm and musical name comes from shawum, meaning “southerner,” because of their southern location in the Ohio Valley from the other Great Lakes Algonquian Tribes. Sweet and affectionate, Shawnee is a meaningful choice for parents wishing to honor baby’s indigenous roots.
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