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Old 02-02-2011, 01:10 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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The two states I've lived in had American Indian names, but the actual towns I lived in didn't.

I'd guess Chicago is the biggest US city with an American Indian name. Looking it up it is a French-version of a Miami-Illinois Indian word. In my birth-state of Arkansas American Indian names don't look that common among the larger towns. What "American Indian" names I find in Arkansas, exempting those that use the word "Arkansas", are...

Cherokee Village - After the Cherokee I assume.
Osceola - There was a Seminole chief named Osceola, I'm thinking that's the source.
Pocahontas - Presumably for the famous American Indian woman.

There's bound to be others.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Cherok...-Arkansas.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Osceola-Arkansas.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Pocahontas-Arkansas.html
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:54 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I find it ironic how many Indian names there are, but how few Indian people there are. Most white Midwesterners probably no little about the significance of all of these place names.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Southeastern Tennessee
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Tennessee:

*Chattanooga.
*Ooltewah.
*Tullahoma.
*Etowah.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:04 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I find it ironic how many Indian names there are, but how few Indian people there are. Most white Midwesterners probably no little about the significance of all of these place names.
Even more ironic, New Mexico has a lot of Native Americans and a relative paucity of indigenous place names. There are some, but most place names here are Spanish and English.

Of course, the 'Mexico' in New 'Mexico' is from an Aztec word. Of course the Aztecs were never anywhere near New Mexico ;-)
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Umatilla
Aloha (NOT Hawaiian, was originally spelled Alowa, or something like that, and was pronounced differently. . . why it was changed, I don't know)
Scappoose
Tualatin
Champoeg

There are a few more that I suspect are Indian but am not sure.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Umatilla
Aloha (NOT Hawaiian, was originally spelled Alowa, or something like that, and was pronounced differently. . . why it was changed, I don't know)
Scappoose
Tualatin
Champoeg

There are a few more that I suspect are Indian but am not sure.
Isn't Clackamas an Indian name?
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:17 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Pueblo and Niwot come to mind. I'm sure there are others that I'll think of as soon as I log off! We have a lot of Spanish names here, including our state's name: Colorado.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Isn't Clackamas an Indian name?
Yes, good one. Thank you.

Also, there are (I'm reading off a list):

Chiloquin
Clatskanie
Coquille (or French?)
Deschutes (maybe)
Estacada
Klamath
Manzanita
Multnomah
Philomath
Shaniko
Tillamook
Ukiah
Wallowa
Yachats
Yoncalla

I think Washington has more Indian names than Oregon. Many of Oregon's names were established by Oregon Trail settlers.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:52 AM
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Pueblo and Niwot come to mind. I'm sure there are others that I'll think of as soon as I log off! We have a lot of Spanish names here, including our state's name: Colorado.
Kiowa (County)
Cheyenne Wells (the first word, anyway)
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:14 AM
 
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Not a state, but for Ontario (which is an Indian name)

a few from the top of my head.

Toronto
Algonquin
Ottawa
Mississauga
Etobicoke
Niagara
Nipissing
Oshawa
Wawa
Kanata (this is what Canada is derived from)
Nipigon
Nipissing
Penetanguishene
Kapuskasing
Petawawa
Mattawa
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