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since 1880
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Mohawk" mean? The list below shows the origins of Mohawk as well as things modernly associated with the name Mohawk such as celebrities named Mohawk.

Origin and Meaning of Mohawk

"Mohawk" is a name of Native American origin, and it means "Native American Tribe Name". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mo"hawk
  1. [Ethnol] One of a tribe of Indians who formed part of the Five Nations. They formerly inhabited the valley of the Mohawk River.
  2. One of certain ruffians who infested the streets of London in the time of Addison, and took the name from the Mohawk Indians.(Slang)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Haircut in which the head is shaved except for a band of hair down the middle of the scalp
  2. The Iroquoian language spoken by the Mohawk
  3. A member of the Iroquoian people formerly living along the Mohawk River in New York State

An exonym, probably from an Narragansett word meaning "they eat (animate things)", "cannibals". The phoneme /m/ is not present in the Mohawk language; the Mohawk autonym is Kanien'kehá:ka (Kanienkehaka, Kanyenkehaka).

  1. An indigenous people of North America originally from the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York to southern Quebec and eastern Ontario, the easternmost of the Iroquois Five Nations.
  2. The Iroquoian language spoken by these North American indigenous people.
  3. An individual member of the Mohawk people.
  4. (also ) A hairstyle where both sides are shaved, with the hair along the crest of the head kept long, and usually styled so as to stand straight up.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Mohawk

Essra Mohawk is a musician. She was most prominent from 1964 to present. Essra was given the name Sandra Elayne Hurvitz on April 23rd, 1948 in Philadelphia. Essra is also known as Sandy Hurvitz.


Frazier Mohawk was a record producer, photographer, publicist, circus owner, and farmer. Frazier was given the name Barry Friedman on December 12th, 1941 in Los Angeles. Frazier is also known as Friedman and Barry. He breathed his last breath on June 2nd, 2012.


John Mohawk was a noteworthy human. John was born on August 30th, 1945. He died on December 13th, 2006.


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Popularity of Mohawk as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mohawk U.S.
  White 46.49% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 42.80% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 8.49% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mohawk

People with the last name Mohawk are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Mohawk

  • How Popular is the name Mohawk? As a last name Mohawk was the 71,886th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Mohawk first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Mohawk is Monday, August 18th, 1919.
  • How unique is the name Mohawk? From 1880 to 2015 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Mohawk. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Mohawk: Your name in reverse order is Kwahom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wmkaoh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mohawk? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 271 people with the last name Mohawk.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mohawk? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Mohawk as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

What Mohawk's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name Mohawk mean?

Mis for mighty, your inner strength.

Ois for outgoing, so sociable are you

His for honor, your most valuable possession.

Ais for authentic, be real

Wis for warmth, the glow of your friendship.

Kis for kindle, the warmth in others.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.