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The Name Maycel
Q: I am sure that I am going to be one of the statistics
that you mention on your
webpage. But I was wondering if you would know the
origin of the name
Maycel. I was told it meant "I am waiting, or I am
waiting for you?" I was
also told it was cherokee.
Thank you for your help.
A: Unfortunately no, it does not have that meaning
Cherokee ("I am waiting for you" is Gvgatiya in
Cherokee, and any first-person verb form like this
would begin with Gv or Sgv and end in a vowel, so a
synonym isn't really a possibility either.) To the best
of our knowledge, there is no Cherokee word that
sounds much like "Maycel."
However, this does not necessarily mean it is not
a Cherokee name. Unlike in some Native American
cultures, traditional Cherokee names-- especially
women's names-- do not necessarily have
transparent meanings. Sometimes they were borrowed from
English or from other Native American languages, and
sometimes parents just chose names that they liked the
sound of (as many American parents do today.) It's
possible that "Maycel" could have been a Cherokee
version of "Michelle," or that it was borrowed from
It is a pretty name, either way. :-) Have a good day!
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