Some Cherokee names for girls and their meanings are as follows; Adsila - blossom, Ama - water, Sequoia - redwood, Immookalee - waterfall, Usdi - baby, Awinita - fawn, Leotie - flower of the prairie, Hialeah - beautiful meadow, Inola - black fox, Ahyoka - she brought happiness and Salali - squirrel. Babies were named according to gender, nature, totem animals and the appearance or features of the baby.
The Cherokee originally settled in the south-eastern part of the United States, namely Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. In the 19th century they were known among white settlers as one of the "Five Civilized Tribes," along with the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribes, as they had adopted many cultural and technological practices of their European counterparts into their own culture; they were one of the first major non-European groups to gain United States citizenship.
The modern Cherokee tribes consist of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina, and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, based in Arkansas and Oklahoma. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the Cherokee Nation has more than 314,000 members, making it the largest of the federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States.