Indian Placenames in America

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About the Book

The American Indians have lost much of their land over the years, but their legacy is evident in the many places around the United States that have Indian names. Countless placenames have, however, been corrupted over time, and numerous placenames have similar spellings but different meanings.
This reference work is a reprint in one combined volume of the two-volume set published by McFarland in 2003 and 2005.
Volume One covers the name origins and histories of cities, towns and villages in the United States that have Indian names. It is arranged alphabetically by state, then alphabetically by city, town or village name. Additional data include population figures and county names. Probable Indian placenames with no certain origin also receive entries, and as much history as possible is provided about those locations.
Volume Two covers more than 1400 rivers, lakes, mountains and other natural features in the United States with Indian names. It is arranged by state, and then alphabetically by natural feature. Counties are provided for most entries, with multiple counties listed for some entries where appropriate. In addition to name origins and meanings, geophysical data such as the heights of mountains and lengths of waterways are indicated.

About the Author(s)

A member of the American Name Society, Sandy Nestor lives in Medford, Oregon.

Bibliographic Details

Sandy Nestor
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 468
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [2007/2005/2003]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7167-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9339-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Contents of Volume 1

Acknowledgments      vi

Preface      1

ALABAMAnbsp;     5

ALASKA      7

ARIZONA      22

ARKANSAS      28

CALIFORNIA      29

COLORADO      37

CONNECTICUT      39

DELAWARE      43

FLORIDA      43

GEORGIA      48

IDAHO      51

ILLINOIS      54

INDIANA      59

IOWA      62

KANSAS      65

KENTUCKY      70

LOUISIANA      71

MAINE      75

MARYLAND      79

MASSACHUSETTS      80

MICHIGAN      85

MINNESOTA      91

MISSISSIPPI      96

MISSOURI      100

MONTANA      102

NEBRASKA      103

NEVADA      106

NEW HAMPSHIRE      108

NEW JERSEY      110

NEW MEXICO      115

NEW YORK      118

NORTH CAROLINA      126

NORTH DAKOTA      128

OHIO      130

OKLAHOMA      132

OREGON      140

PENNSYLVANIA      144

RHODE ISLAND      150

SOUTH CAROLINA      152

SOUTH DAKOTA      153

TENNESSEE      156

TEXAS      157

UTAH      161

VERMONT      164

VIRGINIA      165

WASHINGTON      167

WEST VIRGINIA      183

WISCONSIN      184

WYOMING      190

Notes      193

Bibliography      195

Index      235

Contents of Volume 2

Preface      1

ALABAMA      3

ALASKA      9

ARIZONA      20

ARKANSAS      30

CALIFORNIA      30

COLORADO      39

CONNECTICUT      43

DELAWARE      47

FLORIDA      48

GEORGIA      52

IDAHO      58

ILLINOIS      60

INDIANA      62

IOWA      64

KANSAS      65

KENTUCKY      68

LOUISIANA      68

MAINE      72

MARYLAND      80

MASSACHUSETTS      84

MICHIGAN      89

MINNESOTA      93

MISSISSIPPI      98

MISSOURI      101

MONTANA      102

NEBRASKA      103

NEVADA      104

NEW HAMPSHIRE      107

NEW JERSEY      111

NEW MEXICO      115

NEW YORK      119

NORTH CAROLINA      126

NORTH DAKOTA      132

OHIO      133

OKLAHOMA      136

OREGON      137

PENNSYLVANIA      145

RHODE ISLAND      152

SOUTH CAROLINA      153

SOUTH DAKOTA      155

TENNESSEE      157

TEXAS      158

UTAH      159

VERMONT      163

VIRGINIA      165

WASHINGTON      169

WEST VIRGINIA      177

WISCONSIN      179

WYOMING      183

Notes      185

Bibliography      187

Index.      205

Book Reviews & Awards

“admirable…Nestor’s writing style intrigues the reader…a useful, easy-to-use aid for the historian, genealogist, student, teacher and librarian seeking precise data”—Booklist; “recommended…substantial bibliography”—Catholic Library World; “easy to use…explains the challenge of interpreting Indian names…interesting historical information”—ARBA; “the bibliography, organized by state, is extensive…fill[s] a niche”—Choice.