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  2. May 4, 2023 · Updated May 4, 2023. African American names first became popular and distinctive in the 1950s and 1960s. Before this time, it was very common for Black Americans and recent immigrants to either name or change their children's names to assimilate into American culture better.

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    • Akilah. Akilah is a variation of the Arabic name Aaliyah. It means ‘intelligent’ and ‘logical’.
    • Amani. Amani is a variation of the Arabic name Imani and means ‘faith’. Amani Toomer, former football player, is the most famous bearer of this name. He played for the New York Giants for 13 seasons.
    • Brianna. This cute-sounding Celtic name is not just cute. It means strong and virtuous and is the feminine version of Brian.
    • Braelin. ‘A wise person’ or ‘intelligent’ is what this sweet and unique name means. We are sure there won’t be many Braelins around at school!
  3. Sep 14, 2023 · What are some popular African American names from the 1990s? The 1990s saw a surge in unique and popular African American names. Some of the popular African American names from the 1990s are:

  4. Jun 13, 2006 · In the 1970s and 1980s, names beginning with La- such as Lashonda and Lashay were most popular. In the 1990s, Sha- names such as Shameka, Shanae, and Shaniqua were fashionable. In 2004, names starting with Ja- or ending in -iyah such as Jakayla, Jamya, Janiyah, and Taniyah were in vogue.

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  5. Jun 13, 2023 · Along with Abraham and Prince, other early African American names currently in the US Top 1000 include Alonzo, Athena, Daphne, Elijah, Isaiah, Israel, King, Phoebe, and Titus. Place names that were disproportionately popular among Black Americans in history include Boston, Jamaica, York, and Africa. Also included here are common names among ...

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