By William A. Read, James B. McMillan
"What is the 'meaning' of names like Coosa and Tallapoosa? Who named the Alabama and Tombigbee and Tennessee rivers? How are Cheaha and Conecuh and Talladega stated? How did Opelika and Tuscaloosa get their names? Questions like those, that are requested by way of laymen in addition to via historians, geographers, and scholars of the English language, might be replied basically via research of the origins and background of the Indian names that dot the map of Alabama.—from the Foreword
Originally released by way of Professor learn in 1937, this quantity was once revised, up to date, and annotated in 1984 via James B. McMillan and is still the one most sensible compedium at the subject.
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CLAYHATCHEE [ ] A village situated in the fork of Claybank Creek and Choctawhatchee River in Dale County. Clay refers to the nature of the soil. "26 But the adjective follows the noun in Choctaw; hence "rippling river" would be expressed by hacha* wisakachi*. Choctawhatchee, supra. 398. 605. Page 22 COAGIE [ ] A creek a few miles southwest of the village of Marble Valley in Coosa County. , 1915. Tammany Parish, chelaha, "noisy," because of the sound of the wind in the canebrakes along the stream.
La Tourrette's map of 1833 shows a "Kiomulkee Road" slightly north of the site of Kymulga. " L LADIGA [ ] A station on the Southern Railroad in Calhoun County. , 1900. 72. In this volume the chief's name is written Ledagie. " LETOHATCHEE [ ] A town situated in Lowndes County about a mile north of Big Swamp Creek—a stream which Major Howell Tatum referred to in 1814 as Pilloop, or Big Swamp, and also as Letohatchie. Letohatchee Creek is a tributary of Alabama River. Clair County, Alabama. I analyze it as a compound of Creek li, "arrow," ito, "wood," and fachita*, "to straighten"—that is, "those who make arrows 42 Owen, History, II, 876.
1: 536. 17 Bourne, De Soto, I, 68; II, 107. Page 15 CHEHAW See CHEAHA, supra. CHEHAWHAW See CHEAHA, supra. Cherokee Bluff, hills on the Tallapoosa River, above Double Bridge Ferry, in Tallapoosa County. 9, 1836. Cherokee Mills, a station on the Southern Railroad in Cherokee County. A town in Colbert County. A creek, tributary to Eufaubee, several miles north of Tuskegee in Macon County. A station on the Central of Georgia Railroad in the same county; recorded in The Century Atlas, 1899. La Tourrette, 1844.