African American names first became popular and distinctive in the 1950's and 1960's. During this time, it was very common for immigrants to change their children's names to better assimilate into American culture. Before then, most names were heavily influenced by European-American culture.
African America names really flourished and rose to popularity throughout the 1960's during the Civil Rights Movement and were adopted rapidly during the 1970's. Many of these names draw inspiration from other origins including French names, Arabic names, Muslim names, and European and Biblical names.
Most Popular African American First Names on FamilyEducation: Jevonte, Kyrone, Tamika, Shantel