Matoaka was nicknamed Pocahontas when she was a child, and it stuck. Some translate it to “playful one”, apparently Pocahontas was a precocious child!
Pocahontas lived a short life, however it was full of adventure. When she was very small she was given a “secret” name: Matoaka. She was later given another name, Amonute. In early childhood she was nicknamed Pocahontas. This has been translated to mean both “little wanton” and “playful one”.
When she was baptized as a Christian she took the name Rebecca. This was the final name she took. She only revealed her true or secret name to the English after she took the name Rebecca.
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