Common Names

 
 

Names for Mixed Race Peoples Commonly Heard and Used

From: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language


Mulatto:    NOUN :1. A person having one white and one Black parent. 2. A person of mixed white and Black ancestry.  Inflected forms: pl. —tos or —toes

ETYMOLOGY:  Spanish mulato, small mule, person of mixed race, mulatto, from mulo, mule, from Old Spanish, from Latin mulus.

 

Quadroon:    NOUN A person having one-quarter Black ancestry.

ETYMOLOGY:  Alteration of Spanish cuarterón, from cuarto, quarter, from Latin quartus.

 

Octoroon:    Noun A person whose ancestry is one-eighth Black.

ETYMOLOGY:  Greek okta-, okto-, from okto, Latin octo-, from octo  prefix of Eight+  - quad)roon


The terms mulatto, quadroon, and octoroon originated with the racial policies of European colonizers in the Americas, especially the Spanish. Because civil rights and responsibilities were based directly on the degree of European blood that a person had, such classifications were highly elaborated, and minor distinctions in ancestry were carefully recorded. While these terms have highly precise definitions, in actual practice they were often used based on impressions of skin color rather than definite knowledge of ancestry.


However Dictionary.com gives us a different etymology of the word Mulatto, one that is more befitting a human being as opposed to a mule.


Mulatto:    1.  A person having one white and one Black parent. 2.  A person of mixed white and Black ancestry.

ETYMOLOGY: Spanish from Arabic muwallad, person of mixed race, from walada, to engender, give birth.


Other names I'm sure many of you have heard:


Creole:     1.)  A person of mixed Black and European ancestry who speaks a creolized language, especially one based on French or Spanish.  2.)  A Black slave born in the Americas as opposed to one brought from Africa.

Metisse:    1.)  The offspring of a white person and an American Indian.  2.)  The offspring of a white person and a quadroon; an octoroon.

Biracial:    Of, for, or consisting of members of two races or combining two races.

Multiracial:    Made up of, involving, or acting on behalf of various races.

Interracial:    Relating to, involving, or representing different races; involving or existing between two or more races; involving or composed of different races.

Half-Breed:    Offensive. The offspring of parents of different races, A person having parents of different ethnic types.

Eurafrican:    Of European and African descent. Relating to or coming from Europe and Africa; a person of mixed European and African descent.

Eurasian:    Has been in use since the mid-19th century to refer to a person of mixed European and Asian birth. It was coined during the British rule over India and was long used primarily in designating a person born to a British father and an Indian mother. In a contemporary context Eurasian has a much wider application, denoting only that one parent is Asian and the other white that is, either European or of European descent

Half-Caste:    Offensive. A person of mixed racial descent. One born of a European parent on the one side, and of a Hindu or Muslim on the other.  Also in Austrailia, one born of a White parent and an Aboriginal parent.

Colored:    A person of a racial group not regarded as white. A person of mixed racial strains.

Hapa:    Native Hawaiians used this word to describe someone who was "half Hawaiian". In colonial times, it was often combined with the word "haole" which meant stranger, foreigner, or white person. As time passed, "hapa" was used on the Continental United States by Japanese Americans and other Asian to describe a person of partial Asian ancestry. Many Nisei - second generation Japanese Americans) considered the term to be derogatory. Today, "Hapa" is simply accepted as a way to describe a person of partial Asian ancestry.

Mestizo:    A person of mixed racial ancestry, especially of mixed European and Native American ancestry.  n., pl. mes·ti·zos or mes·ti·zoes. ETYMOLOGY: Spanish, mixed, mestizo, from Old Spanish, mixed, from Late Latin mixticius, from Latin mixtus past participle of miscere, to mix.

Zambo:    The child of a Mulatto and a Black person; also, the child of an Indian and a Black Person. Also Sambo.

Griffe:    A person of mixed negro and American Indian blood. The offspring of a mulatto woman and a negro; also, a mulatto.

Mestee, Mustee or Metisse:    1. The offspring of a white person and an American Indian. 2. The offspring of a white person and a quadroon; an octoroon (so called in the West Indies).


Names submitted to MixedFolks.com over the years:


1.50/50's

2.AfroAsian - A person who is mixed with black/African and Asian.

3.Afroindipean - Person of African, Indian & European descent.

4.Afrorean - Someone who is black/African and Korean.

5.Afrorican - Someone who is black/African and Puerto Rican

6.Afropean - Someone who is black/African and European

7.Afropino - Half black, half filipino

8.AmerAsian - A person of mixed American and Asian descent.

9.Apple  - I'm told this can be used for people who are half Native American and half White.

10.Bananas  - I'm told this is what they call Half Asian folks and half white folks.

11.Beige - in reference to skin color, not white or black.

12.Biethnic 

13.Blackcambo - Someone who is Black and Cambodian.

14.Blackinese - I'm told this is what some people who are half Black/half Chinese have been called.

15.Blackipino - someone who is Filipino and Black.

16.Blacklao - Someone who is Black and Laotian.

17.Blacknamese - Someone who is Black and Vietnamese.

18.Blasian - Black and Asian.

19.Blatino - Black and Latino.

20.Blaxican - slang for someone of both Mexican and black ancestry.

21.Blenders - can refer to anyone that is Mixed.

22.Blinks - Half black, half Asian

23.Bumble Bee - someone who is half Black and half Asian.

24.Buttercream - someone who is half Asian and half White

25.Butterfinger - Someone who is Black and Asian.

26.Cablinasian - Tiger Woods' term for what he is Caucasian, Black, Indian [Native American], Asian.

27.Café Au Lait - Term for a person who is mixed with Black and something else that makes them have light brown skin

28.Casian - Someone who is White [Caucasian] and Asian.

29.Caucindiblack - pronounced Cauc-indi-black.. Caucasian, Indian - American Indian. and Black.

30.Caucindicreole - (pronounced Cauc-ind-icreole) Caucasian, Indian - American Indian. and Creole - Black French.

31.Caurean - Someone who is White and Korean.

32.Checkered - Can be used for just about any mix.

33.Chexmex - A mix of mexican and chinese.

34.Chigro -someone who is half Black and half Chinese.

35.Cinnamon & Sugar - Cinnamon being Native American and sugar referring to White

36.Coconuts - I'm told this is what they call Half Latino and half white folks.

37.Cookies and Cream - Can be used to describe people who are black and white.

38.Dalmations - Someone who is black and white.

39.Dougla - Someone who is part-East Indian and part-black, or of that ancestry.

40.EurAsian - A person of mixed European and Asian origin.

41.Filatina - Someone who is Filipino and Latin.

42.Fligga - someone who is Filipino and Black.

43.German Chocolate - A mix of German and Black

44.Greybabies

45.Halfies - Can be applied to anyone who is Mixed.

46.Halfrican - Half African

47.Halo Halo - mixed Filipino and any Polynesian mix.

48.Heinz 57 - Can be applied to anyone who is Mixed.

49.High Yellow - A light skin Black or a person who is mixed with Black/African.

50.Japorican - Half Japanese/Half Puerto Rican.

51.Mambo - Person who is the offspring of a Sambo and black, and is therefore 1/8 white and 3/4 black.

52.Marble Cake

53.Mexicoon - Offensive term for someone of both Mexican and black ancestry.

54.Mexigro - Mexican and Black.

55.Mexipino - Mexican andFilipino.

56.Mixed - Can be applied to any mix

57.Mixie - Can be applied to any mix

58.Moreno - A Quadroon or light Mulatto.

59.Mud People - How the KKK referred to multiracial people.

60.Mulattanese - Part Black, Part White, Part Asian.

61.Mustifee - Someone who is the offspring of an Octroon and white person.

62.Mutt

63.Nasian - Someone who is Black and Asian.

64.Nigapino - Offensive term for someone who is half Black and half Filipino.

65.Nigganese - Offensive term for someone who is half Black and half Japanese.

66.Nigorean - Offensive term for someone who is half Black and half Korean.

67.Nigorican - Offensive term for someone who is half Black and half Puerto Rican.

68.Oreo - Offensive term for someone who is mixed with Black and White

69.Pardo - A person of multiracial or tri-racial origins.

70.Point Five - half black & half white meaning .50, half & half, only 50%.

71.Rainbow - a generic term that can be applied to those with many different races in their background.

72.Redbone - a term used to describe those who are half black or also light skinned black people

73.Rice Cracker - Offensive term for someone who is half Asian and half White.

74.Salt and Pepper - black and white

75.Skunks - someone who is half Black half White.

76.Spigger - offensive term for someone of both Mexican and black ancestry.

77.Sushi and Grits - Slang term to describe someone of mixed Black and Japanese heritage

78.Swiss-Roll - Someone who is black and white.

79.Twinkie - someone who is half Asian and half White.

80.Wasian: someone who is white and asian

81.Whitebodian - Someone who is White and Cambodian.

82.White Chocolate - Someone who is white and black or sometimes used to describe white people with "black characteristics".

83.Wigger - Offensive term meaning White Nigger, mostly used to describe White people who "act Black".

84.Woodchips - 1/2 Black 1/2 White, because they're light.

85.Yellow M&M - Someone who is Black and Asian.

86.Zebra - half black, half white