Origin: Native American Algonquin
Meaning: “frolicsom; wanton; she is playful.”
Pocahantas was a woman of many names, contrary to popular belief, Pocahantas was her childhood name, as an adult, her tribe gave her the names of Matoaka/Matoika and Amonute. When she converted to Christianity and married the Englishman John Rolfe, she chose the name Rebecca as her “English” Christian name.
Pocahantas was born around 1595, and was the daughter of the famous Indian chieftan, Powhatan. She is known for her legendary encounter with John Smith.
There is a county in her homeland of West Virginia, named for her.
Though a sort of legendary heroine in American history, there has been no further records indicating usage of Pocahantas as a first name. With the sudden surge of popularity as such names as, Americus, Dakota, Daytona, Tacoma and Cheyenne, this name might make a far more substantial and legitimate alternative.
However, you might be wondering how to get a good nickname out of this one, possible cute nicknames are Po, Pokey Tuss or Hanti (HAHN-tee).