Be wary of any name in a baby name book that claims to be "American Indian," "Native American" or the like... if a book can't cite a specific language that a name is from, it probably isn't accurate. The 1990s especially saw a lot of odd names added to name books claiming to have Native American origins. Unfortunately, most of these are pure inventions!

The name Ayanna came into regular use in the USA in the early 1970s. Its use was inspired by The comedian and Civil Rights activist Dick Gregory, who named his daughter Ayanna. Recently it has become more popular; it fits in with similar sounding names like Arianna, Adrianna etc.
See Also: Iyana

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