Ultimate List Of Fraternity Names Across The USA

Sonali Rawat
Feb 16, 2024 By Sonali Rawat
Originally Published on Dec 09, 2020
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Fraternities and sororities are brotherhood or sisterhoods conformed to shared objectives and goals.

Fraternities and Sororities organizations are Latin terms that mean brother and sister respectively. The oldest fraternal association in the United States of America was the Phi Beta Kappa Society, established on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

They play an important role in American college life. These are organizations of college students that gather to encourage regular social and scholarly interests.

In the late 1700s and 1800s, colleges of the United States were dominated by Ancient Greek and Latin scholarship. So, it became mandatory to learn Latin and Greek.

As a result, all the names of  American fraternity and sorority organizations use Greek letters to allude to their associations. This means that in order to pronounce fraternity names, you often need a little knowledge of the Greek alphabet.

Fraternity organizations also all have their own symbols. There are unique symbols (often related to the Greek letter or letters of the fraternity) that are associated with each fraternity. For example the symbol of Alpha Chi Alpha (local) is ΑΧΑ.

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Fraternities Founded In The 1800s

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University life in the nineteenth century bore numerous likenesses to current college life. The impact of Greek scholarship was a lot more prominent in the nineteenth century, this impacts is seen clearly in the names of fraternity organizations founded in this period. Here is a list of fraternities from the 1800s.

1. Alpha Delta Phi, its motto is "many hands, one heart".

2. Chi Phi, its motto is "truth, honor, and personal integrity".

3. Delta Kappa Phi, promotes excellence in the classroom and all life endeavors.

4. Kuklos Adelphon, its motto is "nothing can I prefer, when sane, to a companionable friend".

5. Phi Chi, its motto is "first to serve".

6. Pi Delta Psi, its motto is "excellence through brotherhood".

7. Rensselaer Society Of Engineers, its motto is "in time, through friendship, science and knowledge will rule the world".

8. Sigma Pi, this fraternity has welcomed more than 110,000 men and has more than 5,000 undergrad individuals in it.

9. Theta Chi, its motto is "an assisting hand".

Fraternities Set Up In The 1900s

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Toward the start of the twentieth century, the number of fraternity members rose. This resulted in the period being referred to as "the Golden age of fraternalism". Take a look at the following fraternity house names from the 1900s.

10. Adelphikos, its motto is"men of honor, men of courage".

11. Aleph Zadik Aleph, its motto is "more Jewish teens, more meaningful Jewish experiences".

12. Alpha Chi Alpha

13. Alpha Delta (national), "in brotherhood we stand, in service we rise" is its motto.

14. Alpha Epsilon Pi, its motto is "developing leadership for the Jewish community".

15. Alpha Gamma Rho, its motto is "to make better men".

16. Alpha Psi Omega, its motto is "to seek a life useful".

17. Alpha Rho Upsilon, its motto is"tolerance and diversity".

18. Beta Epsilon Gamma Gamma Alpha Rho Sigma

19. Delta Epsilon Psi, its motto is "in brotherhood lies our strength".

20. Delta Omega Epsilon

21. Delta Pi Delta, its motto is "God and honor".

22. Delta Sigma Chi, its motto is "knowledge and brotherhood in a bond of union".

23. Iota Nu Delta

24. Mu Beta Psi, this is a service and music fraternity.

25. Omega Gamma Delta, it presently has over 100 chapters.

26. Phi Delta Pi, was a national honors fraternity in the disciplines of health and physical education, health sciences and recreation.

27. Psi Chi Omega, its motto is "uprightness, perseverance and eternal brotherhood".

28. Trojan Knights

29. Xi Kappa, its aim was to set up as the primary Asian premium organization in the southeast United States.

30. Zeta Chi

Fraternities Set Up In The 2000s

As the new millennium dawned many more fraternities were established. Fraternities continue to play an important role in colleges today, supporting students as they embark on the next stage of their lives. Find the names of the best and most famous fraternities from the most recent century in this list. Which name is your favorite?

31. Alpha Epsilon Omega, famous as AEO. It was founded by three spirited young men who wanted to form the first Armenian fraternity on campus.

32. Delta Beta Tau, is madefor the benefit of others.

33. Delta Chi Xi, its motto is "live, love, dance".

34. Kappa Psi Kappa, its motto is "one brotherhood one bond".

35. Kappa Theta Pi, is the oldest independent fraternity in the western United States.

Fraternities That Have Been Disbanded

Many fraternities are no longer in existence because of mergers or transformations. If you are looking for the name of a disbanded fraternity, you might find it in this list or fraternity names that no longer exist.

36. Alpha Tau Sigma, isa North American fraternity name.

37. Beta Psi

38. Chi Tau (local), its motto is "to build character and to create a stronger feeling of brotherhood through tolerance".

39. Delta Epsilon (fraternity), its motto is "in brotherhood lies our strength".

40. Delta Kappa, its motto is "true leadership is possible only through honorable and upright living".

41. Omega Upsilon Phi, this is another of the North American frat names.

42. Q.T.V.

43. Rainbow Fraternity

44. Sigma Delta Rho

45. Sigma Delta Rho (local)

46. Sigma Gamma Chi, in this sign, "you shall conquer" is its motto.

47. Sigma Iota

48. Theta Kappa Psi

49. Union Latino Americana

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Written by Sonali Rawat

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature, Masters of Art specializing in English and Communication Skills

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Sonali RawatBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature, Masters of Art specializing in English and Communication Skills

Sonali has a Bachelor's degree in English literature from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and is currently pursuing a Master's in English and Communication from Christ University. With considerable experience in writing about lifestyle topics, including travel and health, she has a passion for Japanese culture, especially fashion, and anime, and has written on the subject before. Sonali has event managed a creative-writing festival and coordinated a student magazine at her university. Her favorite authors are Toni Morrison and Anita Desai.

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