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Gender: female
Pronunciation: TAH-loo-lah
Meaning: leaping water
Related Names: Talia, Talley, Tallie, Tallula, Tally, Talula, Tara, Tula, Tura

Length: 8 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: tallulah Origin: Native American,, Meaning (no case): leaping water



The girl's name Tallulah is of Native American origin, from the Choctaw language. It means "leaping water." It may also derive from a similar sounding Gaelic name that means "fruitful woman."[1]

Tallulah is the name of a princess in Cherokee legend. According to the legend, a white man was lost on the Cherokee trail near what is now known as Tallulah Falls. The Indian maiden Tallulah found him. She was the only daughter of the Cherokee Chief, Grey Eagle and she led the white man to her father's camp, where he was allowed to spend the night.

It was bad luck for a white man to be in an Indian camp and the other young men were jealous of Tallulah's affection for him, so they demanded his immediate trial and execution. The sentence given by Grey Eagle was death: the white man was to be bound and thrown off the cliff into the gorge. Tallulah begged her father for his life, but the chief would not change his judgment lest he be considered weak. Tallulah threatened to jump off the cliff if this sentence were carried out. Her threats were ignored and the man was thrown from the cliff. Tallulah followed him into the gorge, running from the back of the camp to leap with the falling body. Her act gained the cliff the nickname of "Lover's Leap."[1]


Tallulah is an uncommon name. It has not been in the top 1000 most popular names in the United States in any recorded year.[1]

Tallulah is more popular in other countries:

  • 679th - as a girl's name in Australia (2003)
  • 3016th - as a girl's name in Belgium (2002)[1]


  • Tallulah Bankhead (born January 31, 1902 in Alabama) was an actress. An incident in her life was the inspiration for the 1050 film All About Eve. She wrote an autobiography, published in 1952, and President Harry S. Truman once claimed that it was the best book he had read since coming to the White House. She is also credited as being the first white woman to appear on the cover of Ebony magazine.[1]
  • Tallulah Falls is a very small town in Georgia (pop. 147) and a popular tourist destination. The falls were harnessed for hydroelectricity, but they are allowed to flow on weekends in the spring and fall.
    • Downstream from Tallulah Falls one can find the dramatic sheer walls of Tallulah Gorge. Cherokee legends said that warriors who ventured in never returned.[1]
  • "Tallulah" is a short story by Canadian fantasy author Charles de Lint, from the collection Dreams Underfoot, published in 1993.[1]
  • In the 1993 film Cool Runnings, about a Jamaican bobsled team, the bobsled is named Tallulah.[1]


Towns named Tallulah:

  • Tallulah, Louisiana
  • Tallulah Falls, Georgia

Television Characters named Tallulah:

  • Tallulah "Lu" Simmons Crossing Jordan[1]
  • Tallulah Doctor Who


Celebrities babies named Tallulah:


Authors: JL Perry and Sarena Emily Levinson

Facts about TallulahRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 8  +
Meaning leaping water  +
Meaningnc leaping water  +
Name tallulah  +
Origin Native American  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation TAH-loo-lah  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Talia  +, Talley  +, Tallie  +, Tallula  +, Tally  +, Talula  +, Tara  +, Tula  +, and Tura  +
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