Tennessee name meaning

Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Tennessee mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Tennessee

User Submitted Origins

Native American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Australia says the name Tennessee is of Chinese origin and means "To come together".
  2. According to a user from Washington, U.S., the name Tennessee is of Native American origin and means "Gathering Place".
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Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A state in east central United States
  2. A river formed by the confluence of two other rivers near Knoxville; it follows a U-shaped course to become a tributary of the Ohio River in western Kentucky

From Cherokee ᏔᎾᏏ (tanasi), believed to mean “winding river”.

  1. A state of the United States.
  2. A river in the United States, that flows from eastern Tennessee into the Ohio River.
  3. A village in McDonough County, Illinois.
  4. A male given name
  5. A female given name
  6. The Tennessee warbler, Oreothlypis peregrina.

Tennessee was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Tennessee

Notable Persons Named Tennessee

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee was given the name Thomas Lanier Williams III on March 26th, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi, United States. He breathed his last breath on February 25th, 1983.

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Tennessee Ernie Ford was a country music, pop music, and gospel music singing and actor. He plays Human voice, Guitar, and Violin. Tennessee was given the name Ernest Jennings Ford on February 13th, 1919 in Bristol, Tennessee. He breathed his last breath on October 17th, 1991.

Tennessee Thomas

Tennessee was born on December 17th, 1984 in London.

Tennessee Celeste Claflin

She holds the title Lady Cook, Viscountess of Montserrat, Francis Cook, and 1st Viscount of Monserrate. Tennessee was born on October 26th, 1844 in Homer, Ohio, United States. Tennessee is also known as Tennie. She passed away on January 18th, 1923.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tennessee U.S.
  White 2.22% 64.26%
  African American 87.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.78% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.22% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tennessee

People with the last name Tennessee are most frequently African American

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Fun Facts about the name Tennessee

  • How Popular is the name Tennessee? Tennessee is the 10,158th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tennessee was the 56,710th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tennessee have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,117 babies born with the first name Tennessee in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tennessee to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tennessee? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Tennessee first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tennessee is Monday, March 4th, 1861.
  • What year had the most people named Tennessee born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tennessee was in 2017 with a total of 32 babies.
  • Random Tennessee Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tennessee is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Tennessee: The name spelled backwards is Eessennet. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nsetneees. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tennessee? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 360 people with the last name Tennessee.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tennessee? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tennessee as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Tennessee name meaning

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