Featured Name

Nella

Form of Helen: Light, torch, bright one (Greek). 

Welcome to The Black Names Project!

... a community that celebrates African-American names.

The Black Names Project: Celebrating African-American Names is a gathering place that celebrates the people who carry the proud traditions of Africa and Africa-America. It is a community that heralds the richness in the diversity of the names and of the stories and people behind the names. It is a voice that proclaims the uniqueness and importance of each individual whose name appears on this website. It is a repository, where given names from everyday, twenty-first-century people cross paths with historical and famous names. It is a place where names touch and connect over the centuries and through years of struggle and accomplishment.

The Black Names Project is a comprehensive, positive, celebratory, grass-roots treatment of African-American first and middle names. It is comprehensive in its treatment of names from many cultures and subcultures of the African-American tradition. It is positive in its treatment of all names, regardless of the origin or knowledge of the origin. It is celebratory in nature, creating an excitement about African-American names. It is grass-roots material that comes from the African-American community. 

The Black Names Project is a work in progress.

The author is populating this website with names that first appeared in a printed book nearly 20 years ago (see About the Project/The Complete Guide to African-American Baby Names). Every entry is the name of a person whose ancestry includes people from Africa. Names from the original book are being added regularly.

The author is also populating this website with mini-biographies of historical and famous people from the African-American community and is updating the bios from the original book.

Soon the author will invite followers to add new names of people of African descent.

Follow us in this community of celebrated names.