American major Cities with Native American Names

  1. Chicago

place of the wild onion,” or Ojibwa shika:konk “at the skunk place” (sometimes rendered “place of the bad smell”

  1. Toronto

city in Ontario, Canada, founded 1793 as York, renamed 1834 for a native village that appears on a 1656 map as Tarantou, from an Iroquoian source, original form and sense unknown; perhaps taron-to-hen “wood in the water,” or Huron deondo “meeting place.”

  1. Seattle

city founded 1853, named for Seatlh (c.1790-1866), native chief who befriended white settlers. His name is in the Salishan tongue

  1. Milwaukee

Milwaukee Skyline Wallpaper

The nameMilwaukee” comes from an Algonquian word Millioke, meaning “Good”, “Beautiful” and “Pleasant Land” (c.f. Potawatomi language minwaking, Ojibwe language ominowakiing) or “Gathering place [by the water]”

  1. Kansas City

named for the river, which is named for the native people, from French variant of Kansa, native name of the Siouan people who lived there (1722).

  1. Miami

place name in U.S.; the one in Florida is of unknown origin, attested in Spanish as Maymi (1566), Mayaimi (1575). The one in Ohio is from the Miami, native people there, attested from 18c., apparently from a native word /myaamiwa “downstream person.

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