Smithsonian

Pocahontas Portrait by an unknown artist

Pocahontas was the daughter of Chief Powhatan of the Powhatan Confederacy. Her real name was Matowaka. Powhatan’s nickname for her was Pakahantes, which means “my favorite daughter.” To English ears, Pakahantes sounded like Pocahontas, the name she is still known by.

Credit: Pocahontas portrait by an unknown artist, from Woman Spirit, www.meyna.com/pocahont.html.