Hmong Names

An Index of Hmong Names & Their Meanings

Name Index - Boys

Cai - law

Cawv - wine

Ceeb - 

Ceev - to secure; fast 

Chivkeeb - the beginning; origin

Cimxeeb - memory 

Choj - bridge

Ci - shine; to shine

Daus - to scoop up

Es - actually a Laotian name meaning oldest son

Foom - bless; to bless

Hawj - clan name

Huas - 

Hwj/Fwj - glass

Hwm/Fwm - respect; respectful

Kaim -

Kaub -

Kaus - fang; to dig

Keebkwm - history 

Keej - capable

Khais -

Kim - valuable; expensive

Koob - needle; shortened form of Koobhmoov or Koobmeej

KoobHmoov - blessing

KoobMeej - fame; honor

Kuam - to scratch or to make a mark

Kub - gold

Lauj - clan name

Leej - eldest son

Lis - power; strength; clan name

Looj - to cover

Lwm - second son

Mas/Maas -

Meej - clear or shortened form of KoobMeej

Moos - a city; a watch/clock

Muas - clan name

Nchai -

Neeb -

Npis -

Npliaj -  

Nplooj - leaf

Nruas/Nruag - drum

Ntaj/Ntaaj - sword

Ntxaij - twin; double

Ntxawg - junior (usually given to the eldest or the youngest son)

Ntxhees -

Ntxhw - elephant

NujTxeeg - inheritance 

Nyiaj/Nyaj - silver; money

Pheej -

PheejXeeb - harmony; peace 

Phiab - a pan or a large bowl/platter

Pobtsuas - cliff rock

Pobzeb - rock

Pos - thorn 

Pov - to toss

Riam - knife

Rwg - small, usually used for the youngest son

Sawm - deserving

Soob - small; slender

Suav - to count; relating to China

Tee - a drop (as in a drop of water), a variant of Teev

Teeb - a lamp or light

Teev - to record (as in write); a droplet

Thaiv - to protect or shield

Thoj - clan name

Thoob - a bucket/pail

Toog - 

Tooj - copper

Tsab/Tsaab - clan name

Tsawb - banana plant

Tseeb - true 

Tsheej - to be steady, set, having a strong foundation

Tshua - to have compassion or to cherish

Tshwjxeeb - special (one)

Tsim - to create; to prosper 

Tsu - 

Tswb - bell

TswjHwm/TswjFwm - to rule; ruler

Tuam - eldest son

Tub - son; male

Txhiaj/Txhaj -

Txhim -

Txooj - (to) double 

Txoov -

Vag -garden; nobleman

Vaj/Vaaj - king; noble; clan name

VamMeej - successful

Voos - 

Vwj - clan name

Xab/Xaab - third son

Xais -

Xauv - silver 

Xeeb - to form or originate

Xob - lightning; thunder

Xub - uncertain meaning; shortened form of XibXub for arrow

Xwm - second son

Xyoob - bamboo

Xyooj - clan name

Yaj/Yaaj - clan name; sheep

Yeeb - referring to the opium plant

Yeej - victorious

Yias/Yag - a pan

Yis -

Zaj/Zaaj - dragon

Zeb - rock; shortened form of PobZeb

Zoov - forest

ZoovNujTxeeg - thick forest 

 

 

 

 

 

 Note:  These are more traditional names.  There are a lot of varieties in names in modern Hmong society as young couples today try to be more creative in naming their children.

 *A lot of times, names are created by combining two or more names.  Ie:  TubNtxawg, etc.